What a huge asset for the public to have actual journalists blogging. Check out what Idaho Congressman Bill Sali said after a Hindu prayer was offered in the U.S. Senate on July 12th as reported by Randy Stapilus at Ridenbaugh Press.
That event marked the first time a person of that faith had delivered the prayer, and that expression of religion was met with sounds of protest in the gallery - three people who shouted “No Lord but Jesus Christ,” “There’s only one true God,” and called the prayer an “abomination.”
Sali did not issue a press release on the matter. But he did have this to say to the American Family News Network:
Although the event generated little outrage on Capitol Hill, Representative Bill Sali (R-Idaho) is one member of Congress who believes the prayer should have never been allowed.
The quote from American Family News Network continues with Sali stating that this was not what the Founding Fathers envisioned and that
when a Hindu prayer is offered, "that’s a different god” and that it “creates problems for the longevity of this country.”
Stapilus then goes on to say that Sali spokesman Wayne Hoffman has essentially confirmed that the account is accurate.
Okay, first of all, go read the entire Stapilus post. Then, let's discuss what it means for a U.S. Congressman to blatantly denounce religious liberty while invoking the Founding Fathers. Or heck, pick any of the other obvious problems with Sali's statement...floor's open.
Update 08.09.07 23:45: As noted in the comments, Randy Stapilus has updated his post to include additional comments from Wayne Hoffman.
Update 08.10.07 17:45: Not surprisingly this topic has stirred up a flurry of debate.
Local print and newsy blogs:
Local blogs (if I missed anyone, let me know):
- The Stupid Shall Be Punished - Includes an exclusive on Sali and Mormonism.
A few national blogs (there's a bunch out there):