Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Idaho Congressman bashes Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison

Congressman Bill Sali (R-Idaho) is notorious for saying stupid things, and being hated by Republicans back home, even though he was voted class president of the freshmen GOP.

Recently, he came out with some invectives against his colleague, Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), who is the only Muslim US Representative. Basically, Sali doesn't believe that someone like Ellison was envisioned by the Founding Fathers, and that furthermore, allowing a Hindu to recite prayer in the Senate potentially jeopardizes the United States' continued existence.

"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.

Sali says America was built on Christian principles that were derived from scripture. He also says the only way the United States has been allowed to exist in a world that is so hostile to Christian principles is through "the protective hand of God."

"You know, the Lord can cause the rain to fall on the just and the unjust alike," says the Idaho Republican.

According to Congressman Sali, the only way the U.S. can continue to survive is under that protective hand of God. He states when a Hindu prayer is offered, "that's a different god" and that it "creates problems for the longevity of this country."

Now he has decided to apologize via a personal email, which he refuses to publicly share, even though he also insulted all the Hindus in America. Rep. Ellison has graciously decided to accept his apology.

Ellison is traveling outside the country, but his spokesman said the congressman typically does not take such remarks personally.

"We will take Bill Sali at his word," Rick Jauert said Friday. "That would be in keeping with Keith's turn-the-other-cheek mentality. He figures if someone has a bad day, chooses their words poorly, we'll give them the benefit of the doubt."

Zing! That's how to come off classy, gracious, and still get back at your opponent. Refer to Scripture and maintain the high horse. Gotta love Keith Ellison.

And really, is it any wonder that Bill Sali's fellow Republican Idaho Congressman, Mike Simpson, also hates him? Could it be because Sali said on the House floor that he believes abortion causes breast cancer? The Republican Speaker of the Idaho House of Reps went so far as to say this about Sali: "That idiot is just an absolute idiot. He doesn't have one ounce of empathy in his whole fricking body. And you can put that in the paper."

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