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Eye On Boise

Stallings calls for Sali resignation or apology

Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Richard Stallings is calling for GOP Rep. Bill Sali to either “take back the anti-religious freedom comments he made this week to an online religious fundamentalist organization web site, or get out of Congress.” Stallings said in a statement, “I call upon Bill Sali to either publicly apologize to the Americans 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. 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?”

The Democratic chair, a former 2nd District congressman, added, “Religious freedom is a bedrock value of America – it is one of our core tenets. And yet, here we have Bill Sali, a United States congressman, showing his disdain for people who belong to religions other than his own. Either Sali is too dumb and insensitive to realize that his words are extremely hurtful to others or he really is a religious bigot. Either way, this man does not belong in the United States Congress.”

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