Friday, August 10, 2007

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 and the right of religious freedom to take his place,” Stallings said.

“Today, Bill Sali is belittling Hindus and Muslims. Tomorrow, will he do the same with Roman Catholics and Buddhists? Or perhaps Jews and Mormons? Who will pass the religious purity test and be able to serve in Congress; or even pray out loud in the nation’s Capitol?”

Stallings' call for Sali's resignation came as a direct result of earlier statements made by Sali (and not defended by his staff) to the website One News Now:
“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 also said that the only way the U.S. can continue to survive is under that protective hand of God; and that a Hindu prayer addresses a “different god” and that "creates problems for the longevity of this country."

In my own opinion, Representative Keith Ellison deserves a personal apology from Sali. As for his resignation? Does the man really deserve to be there in the first place? I suppose we could ask the nearly 1.5 million Hindus living in the United States that question. Or better yet, let's talk 11,909 Idahoans to get out and vote for Larry Grant in 2008 (that's the exact, and impressive, number plus one that Grant lost to Sali by in 2006). Something tells me with Sali's constant no-vote and his religious bigotry it won't be very hard to do the convincing...

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