This is what standing on principle looks like. Not surprisingly it doesn't come from anyone in the Idaho congressional delegation, Republican nor Democrat, but it comes from the delegation of our neighbor to the south.
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on the proposed building of an Islamic center near Ground Zero:
"Let’s be honest about it, in the First Amendment, religious freedom, religious expression, that really express matters to the Constitution. So, if the Muslims own that property, that private property, and they want to build a mosque there, they should have the right to do so. ... [T]here's a huge, I think, lack of support throughout the country for Islam to build that mosque there, but that should not make a difference if they decide to do it. I'd be the first to stand up for their rights."
The Republicans of the Idaho delegation, Senators Crapo and Risch and Representative Simpson, are opposed to the center while attempting to acknowledge the rights of private property owners. The lone Democrat's position is a little squishy; Congressman Walt Minnick hasn't come out for or against the center but believes that it's an issue to be "decided by the people of New York City."
In a time when anti-Muslim fervor is escalating, it's a little strange to see these members of the Idaho GOP -- who "believe the United States Constitution is the greatest and most inspired document ever devised by Man" -- ignoring the Constitution's First Amendment provisions protecting the free exercise of religion.
However, Minnick's position is beyond strange. See, the tricky thing about rights is that they're not up for a vote; the majority doesn't get to decide who gets rights and who doesn't, who gets to build a religious center, and where, and who doesn't. The right to build the Cordoba House Muslim community center isn't up for a vote by any majority, no matter how angry or vocal.
Either the "Constitution is the greatest and most inspired document ever" or it's not, but regardless, each member of congress took an oath of office swearing to "protect and defend" it, no matter how unpopular it may be to do so. The entire Idaho delegation could take a lesson from Utah's senior senator on exactly what that means.