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“They’re not equal”

Bill Sali

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 about Sali’s comments.

“Congressman Sali was merely expressing a personal opinion, based on his strong belief in the need to reach out for God’s guidance at the start of each day. That’s all,” Hoffman said.

Our take on Sali’s remarks was that they were a good deal broader in scope. On Friday, as it turns out, Sali himself removed any doubt about that in an interview with the editorial board of the Nampa Idaho Press Tribune.

By that time, his comments were re-commented on nationally (and even, we’ve seen in some posts, globally). Sali had ample opportunity to downplay if he chose; but he chose otherwise. The full article gives a clearly flavor, but among the quotes:

“The question is, is multiculturalism good or not? I don’t think the Founding Fathers were multicultural. Multiculturalism is the antithesis of (the motto). . . If we’re going to move away from those principles … we better consider the blessings of God that have been bestowed on this country and the protective hand of God that’s been over this country . . . Christian principles work, and they show up in a lot of different areas . . . Most of the hospitals in this country have Christian names. If you think Hindu prayer is great, where are the Hindu hospitals in this country? Go down the list. Where are the atheist hospitals in this country? They’re not equal.”

If Hoffman’s intent was to pour water on the fire, his boss has followed up with a can of gasoline.

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