Monday, August 13, 2007

We can't ignore this ignorance...

There's been a lot of discussion on the "internets" about Bill Sali's comments -- including his reactions to criticism, which are even more horrific than his original statements, in my opinion. I hope that all Americans, NOT just Idahoans, pay attention to what is going on and contact their representatives to express their concerns about the mindset of religious extremists like Sali.

Idahoans: It is especially important that we publicly denounce Sali's statements. We want the rest of America to know that just because Sali is from Idaho, does NOT mean that he represents how we feel. One comment on DailyKOS stated that "Politicians are the incarnations.... of their electorates. I don't buy the representative-is-nothing-like-those-who-voted-for-him explanation of it's-not-our-fault." This is a natural reaction and one that we MUST address.

Republicans: I hope that you also make a statement against Sali's comments. This is not a red/blue issue... this flies against American's values and our Constitution. Sali represents the worst stereotype of your party, and it is in your best interest to stand up and speak out against him.

All Americans need to be paying attention to Sali's actions and statements. I received an e-mail from a non-Idahoan that reminded me that "Bill Sali is NOT an embarrassment to Idahoans....he is an embarrassment to our entire Country." Read "The fearful gospel of Bill Sali" at Red State Rebels... it really helped me understand how someone like Sali thinks. I especially liked one of the comments which stated:

"Lets rename the war on terrorism to the war on religious extremism. Then round up all the folks who seek to use government to shove their belief system down everyone else's throat. This would include the Taliban and al Qaeda, basically all those that insist their god is the only and one true god and are willing to kill or die for that notion or any attending notions. "

One DailyKOS reader stated:

"I got so fed up I decided to send every Republican representative a letter to remind them of the seperation of church and state and including these quotes so they won't get confused and think the Founding Fathers had Jesus on their minds when writing the Constitution;

"Erecting the 'wall of separation between church and state' absolutely essential in a free society." - Thomas Jefferson

"Whilst we assert for ourselves a freedom to embrace, to profess and to observe the Religion which we believe to be of divine origin, we cannot deny an equal freedom to those whose minds have not yet yielded to the evidence which has convinced us." - James Madison

"Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other Religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other Sects?" - James Madison

"The civil Government, though bereft of everything like an associated hierarchy, possesses the requisite stability, and performs its functions with complete success, whilst the number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people, have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the State." - James Madison

"Religion is a subject on which I have ever been most scrupulously reserved, I have considered it as a matter between every man and his Maker, in which no other, and far less the public, had a right to intermeddle." - Thomas Jefferson

"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." - Thomas Jefferson

Below are some links (thanks to Leftyblogs) for further reading and discussion. Please become informed and inform others. It is OUR country after all, and Congress is supposed to represent ALL of us...

Them what don’t belong
On Monday we noted that most of what had surfaced about freshman Republican Representative Bill Sali’s tenure in Congress has been ordinary - the usual run of national and regional issues, discussed with ordinary conservative slant. Look on his web site and that’s what you’ll see: Nothing out of the usual for a Republican congressman. [...]...Ridenbaugh Press - Thu 3:49 p.m.

Bill Sali Denounces Hindu Prayer
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......The MountainGoat Report - Thu 6:15 p.m.

ID-01: The Ugliness that is Bill Sali
Proving that bigotry is alive and well in the U.S. House of Representatives, who would we have but Idaho's own Bill Sali. He's well known as crazy and obnoxious--even the DLC's Bruce Reed has gotten into that act. He's periodically good for a laugh, but there's an ugly and dangerous side to his antics. Here's Sali on freedom of religion, via the American Family News Network, which I hesitate to...DailyKos (Idaho) - Thu 7:23 p.m.

The divisive gospel of Bill Sali
Idaho's 1st CD congressman is making some big waves with his bigotry toward non-Christians, specifically his complaints about his Muslim colleague (Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota) and the Hindu who offered a prayer in the Senate last month. Bill Sali's......Red State Rebels - Fri 5:30 a.m.

Keep Digging, You'll Sort It Out Soon!
You know, just like my previous post about Jim Tibbs being such an entertainment over the last few days, Silly Sali is just a gift that keeps on giving : In an interview posted online this week by the Christian news outlet American Family News Network, Sali said: "We have not only a Hindu prayer being offered in the Senate, we have a Muslim member of the House of Representatives now, Keith El...43rd State Blues - Fri 4:14 p.m.

IDP: Apologize or Resign
The Idaho Democratic Party has issued a statement in response to comments made by Congressman Bill Sali regarding religious diversity in the U.S. and in Congress. [Read this earlier post......The MountainGoat Report - Fri 9:35 p.m.

Stallings Calls for Sali's Resignation
In a press release from the Idaho Democratic Party today, Chairman Richard Stallings has called for a public apology from or the resignation of Congressman Bill Sali (R-Idaho). From the release: “I call upon Bill Sali to either publicly apologize to the Americans he has insulted with his bigoted remarks, or resign his congressional seat and let someone who understands basic human dignity a...Political Game - Fri 9:35 p.m.

Only Christians in Congress, or America is Doomed
Rep Bill Sali's mouth has gotten him in trouble. Michael Kinsley said a gaffe is when someone blurts out the truth. Well, Sali has blurted out his true feelings. Only Christians should serve in Congress. Not Muslims, not Jews, not Hindus, not Mormons. Stapilus has a Post "Them What Don't Belong" here . Wayne Hoffman Sali communication director responds on this post. Huckleberries Online has a ...IdaBlue - Fri 9:35 p.m.

One Huge Pile
Idaho Congressman Bill Sali doesn't think the pile is high enough. Nope, he's still shoveling. After the outrage sparked by his remarks that a Muslim congressman and a Hindu prayer......The MountainGoat Report - Sat 9:32 a.m.

“They’re not equal”
Bill Sali Last Thursday, when we posted on Idaho Representative Bill Sali’s comments on the delivery - of which he disapproved - of a prayer by a Hindu cleric in the U.S. Senate, the congressman’s spokesman Wayne Hoffman had an admonishing response, applicable not just to our post but to much of what has been written [...]...Ridenbaugh Press - Mon. 4:32 p.m.

Time Will Tell
Today's 6 News Director's Blog has a good discussion on the controversial statements made recently by Idaho Congressman Bill Sali regarding the Hindu prayer offered in the Senate and the......The MountainGoat Report - Mon. 7:06 p.m.

ID-01: Sali's Follies
Last week I noted Rep. Bill Sali's (R-ID) incredibly bigoted remarks about the Hindu prayer offered in the Senate and serving with a Muslim (Keith Ellison, D-MN) in Congress. Long story short, he doesn't like it a bit and says that it "creates problems for the longevity of this country." The statements quickly gained a lot of national and local attention, with a few news outlets in Idaho fol...DailyKos (Idaho) - Mon. 7:06 p.m.

Insufferable, Ignorant and Intolerant
Idaho Congressman Bill Sali (R-Intolerant) strikes again, showing just how ignorant he really is, taking issue with cultures that are not his own. Not that this is the first time or anything.In an interview posted online this week by the......Western Democrat - Mon. 8:32 p.m.

Sali watch, continued
I was going to wait until tomorrow morning to post another Sali roundup, but mcjoan at Daily Kos has written pretty much everything I planned to, so here you go. But here are a few handy links for direct access:......Red State Rebels - Mon. 8:32 p.m.

Still Digging
Idaho Congressman Bill Sali is still digging and apparently still doesn't get it. Not only that, he tells the Spokesman Review that there is a well-organized campaign at the national......The MountainGoat Report - Tues. 7:48 a.m.

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