Idaho's 1st CD congressman is making some big waves with his bigotry toward non-Christians, specifically his complaints about his Muslim colleague (Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota) and the Hindu who offered a prayer in the Senate last month. Bill Sali's comments have predictably drawn an outpouring of support among people who believe that fundamentalist Christianity is the only true religion. I've been on the road and missed a lot of the action, but mcjoan front-paged it at Daily Kos last night. Ridenbaugh Press and MountainGoat Report have more.
I want to write more on this issue, and I can't right now. Suffice it to say that Sali has cemented his support with people who seek a Christian theocracy in America, and he has shown his true nature to the majority of Americans who value the rich religious pluralism of our nation, not to mention the Constitutionally guaranteed separation of church and state. Through his comments, Sali is feeding the anti-Muslim frenzy in our nation and giving legitimacy to the handful of extremists who shouted down the Hindu prayer from the Senate gallery, cat-calling, “No Lord but Jesus Christ,” “There’s only one true God,” and labeling the prayer an “abomination.” He is an embarrassment to Idaho.