Bill Sali’s foot-in-mouth syndrome

Sali’s feeble attempt to get past the hellified foot in his mouth. Diana Rowe Pauls has a couple of posts where Idaho bloggers take our home-grown village idiot to task over his, well, idiocy. There’s even an editorial from one of our ‘small town papers’, the Magic Valley Times News.

Now, Dave Neiwert at Orcinus, as always is much more polite and to-the-point than I as he’s been at this oh so much, much longer too. As Dave points out, there’s that pesky thing called that ‘The Constitution’ and within it Article VI – the dealie-bob about “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” Dave passes off to Mahablog who brings out Thomas Jefferson’s autobiography wherein he discusses his authorship of the Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom. As brazenly stolen from Mahablog and complete with her bolding:

The bill for establishing religious freedom, the principles of which had, to a certain degree, been enacted before, I had drawn in all the latitude of reason & right. It still met with opposition; but, with some mutilations in the preamble, it was finally passed; and a singular proposition proved that it’s protection of opinion was meant to be universal. Where the preamble declares that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed, by inserting the word “Jesus Christ,” so that it should read “a departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion.” The insertion was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of it’s protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo, and infidel of every denomination.

I mean – right here, Jefferson is pretty damned succinct, Bill and he even referenced you & your ilk therein “infidel of every denomination.” In other words, no one is to be compelled (made to) ‘frequent, support or defend’ particular religious beliefs or be required to account their lack of religious belief if they so choose.

S e c t i o n II.

We the General Assembly of Virginia do enact that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.

As much as it pains me to see you there – Bill. Stop embarrassing our state with your bigoted, loud-mouthed ignorance.

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