Fighting our image as bigots

idaho.jpg Except for time spent in the military and a 7-year spell in Ohio finishing college and working, I’ve lived in Idaho. For many folks I ran across, I was the first person they’d ever met from Idaho.

Most people were aware of the slogan, “Idaho potatoes”, and of course our unfortunate and misinformed reputation based upon the white, Nazi-based white supremacy of Richard Butler and the Aryan Nations. The complex in Hayden Lake was a refuge for this scum until a law suit in 2000 awarded in favor of the mother and her son who had sued; the property was ultimately sold to satisfy the judgment. The Aryan Nations name can no longer be used and is officially no longer part of the Idahoan landscape; and, Mr. Butler is long deceased.

Enter Bill Sali (R-Idaho)…….whoo brought this up.

A conservative Idaho lawmaker believes America’s founding fathers would not have wanted a Muslim elected to Congress or a Hindu prayer delivered in the U.S. Senate.

“We have not only a Hindu prayer being offered in the Senate, we have a Muslim member of the House of Representatives now, Keith Ellison from Minnesota. Those are changes — and they are not what was envisioned by the Founding Fathers,” asserts Sali.

So here we are, history is being made in the House of Representatives with a Hindu chaplain offering the prayer. we’ll forego the offering of prayer in the HOR and the separation of church/sate discussion for later……you couldn’t just be a Christian, be respectful as you would expect one to be of your beliefs and prayers, and listen. Nor could you let it go. Nope. You had to go and do this! You just had to talk to these nutjobs. (Sali is heard by pushing the ‘hear this report’ near the top of the page)

Julie at ‘Red State Rebels‘ – has this to say to which I do not have much else to add.

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………

Dave Neiwert at Orcinus is one who has tracked bigotry in the Northwest for a good long time. He’s on my ‘Daily Checklist’ of reads. Dave brings up Sali’s foot-in-mouth syndrome and then Sali’s, uh, “clarification.” Um-hmm…..

Now – there’s a bit of growing tide for Sali to either apologize or resign. (Comments are always ever ‘enlightening’ & downright scary.)

The United States was founded on the principle of religious freedom, Idaho Democratic Party Communications Director Chuck Oxley said.

“I’m flabbergasted and astounded that we have somebody serving in the U.S. Congress who essentially says any religion besides Christianity really is not what was envisioned by the founders,” Oxley said. “First of all, the founders were not all Christians, many of them were Deists. To try to divide the nation like I think he is doing is just flat un-American.”

Thursday, Democratic Party Chairman Richard Stallings called for Sali to step down from Congress or retract his comments.

And from a supporter of Sali found in Dan Popkey’s column in the Idaho Statesman, these words:

The citizens of Minnesota certainly have the right to send anybody to Washington they wish, but when you examine nations whose public institutions have been shaped by Islamic politicians, you find no freedom of religion, no freedom of speech, no freedom of conscience, no fundamental rights for women, and no freedom for ordinary citizens to choose their leaders,” Fischer said in a release from his group, Idaho Values Alliance.

“If an Islamic-inspired world view were to shape America’s public policy, this country would be a far different land than the one handed to us by our Founding Fathers. It would no longer be the ‘sweet land of liberty’ of which we sing. That’s not the kind of nation we want, and Rep. Sali is right on target in issuing his word of caution.

Sali and Fischer seem to forget that those safe havens for the Puritans became the poster children for ‘separation of church and state’ here in these United States.

*Crosspost at Les


5 Responses

  1. Chimpy and Der Rovesmarschall made hatred fashionable again in 2004. We’ll feel the effects of that for decades.

  2. Chimpy and Der Rovesmarschall made hatred fashionable again in 2004. We’ll feel the effects of that for decades.

    Thanks for stopping by and cheering me up, JR. 😀

  3. Great post!! Thanks for letting me know about your blog!!

  4. Mr. Sali,
    I am from TX and I have read some articles that you have written over the past years. I want to stand in support of you. I may not have the right to vote for you, but you stand for me! I responded today to some posted that were against you:

    I agree that we all have equal rights and that we all have the freedom to live, play, and yes worship who and how we choose. Lets not forget that even though it may not be popular, In GOD we trust is on our money, ONE nation under GOD is in our pledge, our courts, capital, White House and many many other instutuion are bathed in scripture and spiritual references. You may not like it, you do not have to follow it, but this nation was founded on God.

    The first school text books, well it was mainly one, the bible! Our laws steam form the bibical law. Yet, not every founding father was a Christian and it is great that we have the freedom to choose. The LETTER that states “seperation of church and state” well that was written in the context to keep state out of church not to ammend the constitution by way precedence to keep God out of state!

    War has its place in our history! War has its way in the Bible. So, lets think about war. People died to give us the right to worship freely. God fearing men gave you the right to disagree with Christianity, with their lives. Joke and poke fun and the rights values, but this nation was meant to show God! Your issues arrise, because you cannot remove all of the examples that or on all of our money, on our walls of government, and in our history. You must degrade Christianity, because you cannot remove it. Try as you may, God still is in America and you can fight that historical proof, but you have not won this war!

    We were founded on God and you maybe attached buy those who seek to remove God from our History. Though at time it may look like you stand alone, you are not. When you stand for God, God will choose to work. As the formor USC student that was the first to stand up in 20 years against teh professor that challege that if God was real he could stop this chalk from breaking, and for 20 years no one had the courage to challenge him. On the day someone stood alone infront of 300 people the chalk did not break and 300 people got the chance to hear how God was real.

    Please never stop challenging those who seek to destroy and remove God from our history. You were called for a purpose!

  5. Mr. Sali doesn’t write here, thus I doubt that he’ll ever see your response. And since he no longer represents the people of the state of Idaho, you’ll have to track him down – wherever he might be.

    I would say this, if you write like this not knowing how to spell properly or use homophones correctly, then it’s no wonder you spew forth the ever-so-familiar talking points of those who claim this nation was “founded on God.”

    We were founded on God and you maybe[sic] attached buy [sic] those who seek to remove God from our History.

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