The Talking Lion

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Like I said, House (see: all) Republicans are jerks...

Well, here is a good reason that I am not a Representative:

GOP Congressman Calls Democrats Anti-Christian
Remarks in Floor Debate Stir Protest

Business on the floor of the House was halted for 45 minutes yesterday after Rep. John N. Hostettler (R-Ind.) accused Democrats of "denigrating and demonizing Christians," prompting a furious protest from across the aisle.

The House was debating a Democratic amendment to the annual defense appropriations bill that would have required the Air Force Academy to develop a plan for preventing "coercive and abusive religious proselytizing."

Hostettler, speaking against the amendment, asserted that "the long war on Christianity in America continues today on the floor of the House of Representatives" and "continues unabated with aid and comfort to those who would eradicate any vestige of our Christian heritage being supplied by the usual suspects, the Democrats."

"Like a moth to a flame, Democrats can't help themselves when it comes to denigrating and demonizing Christians," he said.

You see, if I was in the same room as this putz I might have taken a swing at him, or I may have vomitted, I'm not sure. It's not worth my time to argue against this kind of pandering/stupidity (see: synonyms), but it is telling that this worthwile ammendmant was voted down by 12 votes (198-210). However a version of this anti-proselytizing-by-federal-employees ammendment was passed, it just has no teeth or even a mouth:
..the Democratic amendment was defeated, 210 to 198, and on a voice vote the Air Force was required to say how it is promoting religious tolerance before the overall appropriations bill passed, 398 to 19.

Well, I mean, I haven't read the stipulations of said requirement, I just know that with that kind of near unanimity, there's no way the Air Force's feet are anywhere near the fire, so to speak.


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