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The first blocked quote is the news article. Everything that follows are the comments. Our President holds these people as his core voters. My only solace in this, and it's not much is that 46% of Idahoans seem to dislike or despise him
Last month, the U.S. Senate was opened for the first time ever with a Hindu prayer. Although the event generated little outrage on Capitol Hill, Representative Bill Sali (R-Idaho) is one member of Congress who believes the prayer should have never been allowed.
"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 says America was built on Christian principles that were derived from scripture. He also says the only way the United States has been allowed to exist in a world that is so hostile to Christian principles is through "the protective hand of God."
"You know, the Lord can cause the rain to fall on the just and the unjust alike," says the Idaho Republican.
According to Congressman Sali, the only way the U.S. can continue to survive is under that protective hand of God. He states when a Hindu prayer is offered, "that's a different god" and that it "creates problems for the longevity of this country."
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So Sali wants to institute a religious test for eligibility to serve in Congress? Talk about unconstitutional! That rumbling sound you hear is the founders rolling over in their graves.
Posted by Chris | August 8, 2007 7:15 AM
Posted on August 8, 2007 07:15Sandy Lane:
I share Senator Sali's concerns. I don't believe this country's very existence depends on a return to our Biblical foundations. If we fail to do so, what kind of world will our grandchildren have? I have five beautiful girls and shudder to think what could be (unless Jesus chooses to return very soon)
Posted by Sandy Lane | August 8, 2007 7:24 AM
Posted on August 8, 2007 07:24
Amen to that. Between that trend and our helping give away Israel's rightful land we should stop and think about the consequences of ignoring God's word.
Posted by Donna Parry | August 8, 2007 8:14 AM
Posted on August 8, 2007 08:14
Pastor Dan Stockbarger:
Posted by Pastor Dan Stockbarger | August 8, 2007 8:46 AM
Posted on August 8, 2007 08:46
The Muslim in congress was fairly elected to serve his position. We should not deny him that right solely because of his religion! Name one thing he has done to hurt/endanger Americans, and I will listen.
Posted by George Bevenner | August 8, 2007 9:04 AM
Posted on August 8, 2007 09:04
That is ridiculous. To suggest that we the United States are somehow held above the rest of the world's citizens is immature and ignorant. That somehow our "creator" if there is one, holds us in greater esteem is nonsense. It is why the United States is depicted by the rest of the world as being arrogant and pushy. This is not how I view myself or want to be viewed as an American.
Posted by Jeffrey Seleb | August 8, 2007 9:47 AM
Posted on August 8, 2007 09:47Craig Meglasson:
Praise the Lord Jesus Christ, for giving someone the backbone to speak the truth. Thank you, and bless you Bill Sali!
Posted by Craig Meglasson | August 8, 2007 9:53 AM
Posted on August 8, 2007 09:53
More people need to speak up like Congressman Sali. God Bless you Mr Sali. Let's all stop worrying about the political correct police. Do not allow others to silence us. Silence is a form of acceptance. Others must tolerate Christian values as I am being forced to tolerate everything under the sun. Remember we need to acknowledge and respect others not accept their beliefs. Jewish prophets were sent to the lion's den or put in burning furnaces for not accepting other people's gods. Jesus said the "world would hate us since we stand up for the truth" Do not worry about being "liked" and being considered tolerant by others. We only have one Judge in the end and it's not the liberals, political correct police nor a bunch of false gods.
Posted by John Santos | August 8, 2007 10:04 AM
Posted on August 8, 2007 10:04
Although I am Jewish I agree with the representatives. Praying to false G-Ds is a big deal and could bring harsh decrees from above.
Posted by Josh | August 8, 2007 10:13 AM
Posted on August 8, 2007 10:13
America was founded on the idea of freedom of religion! Although the Founding Fathers were predominantly Christian and even those who were not supported Christian worldviews they did not create America as a Theocracy! The idea that the Founding Fathers would oppose a Congressman who was a Muslim, Hindu, or any other religion is a giant leap and unfounded.
Posted by Bob | August 8, 2007 10:21 AM
Posted on August 8, 2007 10:21Mary Rentz:
Praise the Lord for Representatives like Bill Sali. Come on Christians, start calling, writing and e-mailing our outrage.
Posted by Mary Rentz | August 8, 2007 10:24 AM
Posted on August 8, 2007 10:24
That is awesome. It's about time that some people in federal office recognize that without God's hand on us, we are not going to survive as we have. WAY TO GO CONGRESSMAN SALI.
Posted by Shana | August 8, 2007 11:36 AM
Posted on August 8, 2007 11:36
Like so many other things that could be so easily fixed if americans would just quit whining and just be an active CITIZEN. WHE HAVE COUNTLESS GROUPS IN THIS COUNTRY CRYING FOR CHANGE. WE AS CITIZENS SEEM TO HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT OUR ELECTED LEADERS WORK FOR US. WE DON'T WORK FOR THEM. THE CITIZENS ARE THE ONES THAT HAVE LET THE 1% GROUPS TELL ALL THE OTHERS WHAT TO DO. IN THIS DAY OF INSTANT COMMUNICATION CELL PHONES, E-MAIL, FAXESAND EVEN 28 CENT POST OFFICE POST CARD. THERE SHOUND BE NO REASON FOR THIS KIND OF GARBAGE TO OCCUR.
Posted by Birt Simpson | August 8, 2007 11:39 AM
Posted on August 8, 2007 11:39
Way to go Sali. Now if the senate would just listen to you and realize that there is one God and One mediator between God and men the man Christ Jesus. 1 tim 2:5. The government thinks peace will come thru compromising and excepting all religions as right but the bible says wehn they say 1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
GOD HELP US!
Posted by Charles Green | August 8, 2007 12:35 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 12:35
I don't see what the issue is here. Americans voted to have a Muslim in congress.
As for the prayer - this just more proof that church & state should be separate the way our founding fathers wanted it.
Posted by Alonzo | August 8, 2007 12:39 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 12:39Psalm:
The children of darkness will no doubt rant and rage against these true words...
May Congressman Sali be blessed in Christ Jesus.
Posted by Psalm | August 8, 2007 1:18 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 13:18
I agree with Congressman Sali. Having a Muslim in office and a Hindu open Senate prayer shows just how far the people of America have fallen from the priciples of God's Word. Freedom of religion was to be able to worship the true God of heaven without the interference of government telling us how to. It was so we could worship the ONE true God, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, and not the god of Ishmael, as Islam holds to, or one of the many gods of the Hindus. Yes, we are in the end times and the fight is between light and darkness, right and wrong, God and the devil. Those who choose God are on the winning side and will have the ultimate victory! Praise God!
Posted by Rachel | August 8, 2007 1:28 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 13:28
Thank you, Congressman Sali!
Posted by Doris | August 8, 2007 1:36 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 13:36
If we start ruling with a religious "test" for anything involving government (i.e.- ensuring that only Christians can serve in government) then that precedent will one day mean that non-Christians can prevent Christians from serving in governemtn. Don;t you see how we do not want government to implement our religious wishes? If we do, then that floodgate can never be closed and we will regret it. Our founding fathers came here to avoid religious persecution and to be able to practice their faith freely. How can we step on their wishes?
Posted by Andrew B | August 8, 2007 2:14 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 14:14Mr & Mrs Robert Haley:
Thank you Senator Sali!! I was so upset over this that I called my senators & asked them to not show up until this "prayer" was over. Hinduism only has thousands of Gods. Which one did he pray to? And how would we know if he was praying even to Satan? America is going down the tubes at a mighty fast pace. I have never called my senators before or written a comment before now. This was too much to just pass over. "Come, Lord Jesus, Come"
Posted by Mr & Mrs Robert Haley | August 8, 2007 2:25 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 14:25
It is a very sad day just to read the responses posted on this website. Our founding fathers were not all Christian but they were basing our laws and governments on the BIBLE. Whether people want to admit that or not it is the truth. The simple fact is the people who wrote that it doesn't matter that a Hindu prayer was given or a Muslim representative is making decisions in our government needs to read about the history of Israel. Israel was judged everytime they strayed from God and His word. Any Jewish or Christian person can understand the importance of keeping God (Yahweh) as the Commander and Chief of our country. To all of you who do not see this importance I am sad for you. God help our country and the liberal views that are taking over. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord" Psalm 33:12
Posted by Beverly | August 8, 2007 2:39 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 14:39
Thank you, Congressman Sali. Your stand encourages me to pray more for our elected officials as 1 Timothy 2 instructs us to do.
'Religion' or not, the one true God is the One who rules over the affairs of the world. Whether one belives that or not does not change the FACT. Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Posted by Michael Raab | August 8, 2007 3:21 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 15:21
Amen Congressman Sali! It is only by God's grace that America is as great a country as it is. It's too bad that everyone can't see that. Thank you for your courage and conviction. Keep up the good work.
Posted by Char | August 8, 2007 3:52 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 15:52
My congratulations to the congressman. We are electing people from the very cult that has one goal in mind which is to kill us. They can call themselves "religion of peace", but it is only because they are thankfully in the minority. Look at the country's around the world where they are dominant, and look at what they are doing to Christians. Convert or die is their stand. What a great "religion" where they seek converts by the sword. Freedom of religion is DEFINITELY not to be found in Islam. Look up the history of this cult, and how they got their converts. We live in a GREAT Country where are founding fathers gave everything to provide us this great country. Now we have the so called elites who tell us we should be more inclusive, and that is why the rest of the world hates us. I sure have not seen a lot of people moving out of the U.S., but I sure see a lot of people trying to get in. Must be something good about the U.S.? If the "religion of peace" doesn't like it here, then they can go back to where they came from.
As I recall they are currently plotting in their caves to attack the U.S. and our interests around the world? Yes Sir, we need to be more tolerant of them!!! NOT.
Posted by Gary Barnett | August 8, 2007 4:04 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 16:04
Thank you congressman Sali,and pray that more of our country leaders would follow suit and take a stang for our Christian founding.To you Mr.Bevenner just give him time he will.and Mr.Seleb you need to go read the true history of this nation.Our forfathers were God loving and God fearing men and put their faith and trust soly in Him that is why we are a great and powerful nation.Because of the Almighty's blessing's on us.
Posted by Charles Thomas | August 8, 2007 4:12 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 16:12
I agree that a prayer to God our Father should always open the Senate and the House, nothing else is acceptible. It's bad enough they have taken Him out of our public schools...but that being said....
Are we not missing an opportunity as Christians here? Did not Jesus die for all of us? Muslims too? What about the Great Commission to go out and teach to all the nations (people) in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit? Instead of griping here we shoud be finding a way to witness to this Muslim...after all, wouldn't that be what Jesus would want us to do?
Posted by Daniel Halkyard | August 8, 2007 4:19 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 16:19
I believe G-d did work in the founding of America, which was founded on the Bible. We are told in the Bible to put in G-dly judges. I believe He did have a hedge of protection around our country that we systematically have torn down. We no longer seek to serve Him. We tore down His hedge of protection and threw Him out of our government, schools, and public life.
I do not think Americans are anything special. ANYBODY who will call on the name of the Lord may be saved. He wants to draw you to Himself like a mother hen does to her chicks. He wants to protect You! When America proclaimed and worked in friendship with G-d, why would He not defend her? When any country hates Him and seeks the destruction of those who seek Him, can He not choose whether to accept their declaration of war or to reach out in love?
We cannot even begin to imagine the betrayal and disappointment He must feel that those He loves and cares for, attack Him and call out to other "gods", especially as He knows the trouble our choices will bring us. May we repent and call on His name once again.
Posted by B | August 8, 2007 4:19 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 16:19
Amen to Congressman Sali's valid statements. I wrong Senators McConnell and Bunning. I received a terse statement from Senator Bunning regarding the issue but he didn't say he felt it was wrong. Senator McConnell has been silent. The man was asked by Harry Reid to say the prayer. I emailed Mr. Reid also and have received nothing. We are in mortal danger of losing are country unless we Humble Ourselves and Pray. Why doesn't Congressman Sali run for President? We need politicians like him. Also, 95% of the Founding Fathers were Christian and wanted the United States to remain a Christian country. Thank you, Cindy
Posted by Cynthia Brown | August 8, 2007 4:20 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 16:20
R. V. :
I doubt very much that our "founding fathers", as enlightened as they were, thought much about religions other than various branches of Christianity or angnosticism when they were framing the constitution, or bill of rights.
Muslims who want to exterminate all who oppose their supposed Allah probably didn't come to mind. If such had, I suppose they would have proposed no immigration of peoples who wanted to kill people of different beliefs. Perhaps we should amend the constitution to correct their ommission.
Posted by R. V. | August 8, 2007 4:22 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 16:22
Someone in congress finally spoke some truth!
Posted by Jason Layne | August 8, 2007 4:23 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 16:23
Amen to Sali! Our Founding Fathers "Wanted" seperation of Church and state, I say "Do your homework!" Our Founding Fathers NEVER said that. That comment was taken out of context from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson. Now as to having a Muslim in Congress, in my opinion, Not the best idea, however he was elected fairly. If our citizens were doing what they should be, praying and getting involved that would NOT have happened. God says to "Have no other God's before me". We will reap what we sow. If we disobey God and have other God's set up as Equal to Him he will judge us based on that and the consequences will be based on that and fair! We were founded as a Christians nation. To those who say no we weren't again I say DO YOUR HOMEWORK and as Josh McDowel days "Don't check your brains at the door". Nearly every founding father was a Christian, many were pastors, or started seminaries and on and on it goes. Go to ORIGINAL source documents DONT take my word for it. Hey READ the constitution for pity sake! Folks we have been lied to and deceived over and over by media and our professors in our Colleges for years. STUDY for yourselves PLEASE! "Study to show yourselves approved. A workman that needeth not to be ashamed!" (sorry can't remember the biblical reference number here)
It is ok to write out the whole word GOD!!!! None of us will fault you for it!
Blessings to all!
Posted by Amber | August 8, 2007 4:27 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 16:27
Bravo! Congressman Sali for your courage. Know that many share your opinion, People of this country need to be educated about various religions to make educated choices. Individuals of various religion of and by themselves do not pose a problem. They should not be in positions of authority in our government as their religious beliefs run counter to the Christian theology and are truly harmful to our freedoms.
Posted by Bernadine Shettle | August 8, 2007 4:31 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 16:31
The one thing that will destroy this great country of ours is apathy from Christians. Why do Christians think it is unChristian to speak out? I tell you this, if the Christian does not speak out, if the Christian does not speak his or her mind while we still can, you can forget about the constitution. It will be thrown out the window. It is a fact that the people now serving in Congress don't have the backbone of a dish rag! They will sell out their very soul to the highest dollar just to stay there or be re-elected. If you doubt what I am saying, pay attention to what they say. They say what ever the crowd they are addressing wants to hear. Who is it that makes the most noise? It's the homosexual agenda, the ACLU, anyone that is against Christian principles in government. Do you honestly think a muslim can be a good American? Who does he answer to? It is certainly not to our God!
Posted by Joel Hollis | August 8, 2007 4:38 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 16:38
The political correctness of the current freeloaders in DC are what is causing Most of the problems here. A hindu prayer is so wrong I'm sure our founding fathers are more than appaled. Having a muslim in congress is not something I agree with, however, someones religion should not be an issue unless it interferes with fulfilling the full duties of a congressman. Unfortunately; ANY religion that preaches hate and death has no place in a Judeo/Christian based government that preaches tolerance and peace.
Since there is no such thing as a muslim who respects everyone else I feel this gentleman should either give up his false prophet and adopt a real religion or he should resign from congress.
Posted by Tony Altamore | August 8, 2007 4:46 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 16:46
Education needed here:
"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
-John Jay, 1st Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court
“It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
-Patrick Henry, May 1765, Speech to the House of Burgesses
“And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”
– Abraham Lincoln
“Let us look forward to the time when we can take the flag of our country and nail it below the Cross, and there let it wave as it waved in the olden times, and let us gather around it and inscribed for our motto: ‘Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever,’ and exclaim, ‘Christ first, our country next!’ ”
– Andrew Johnson
“We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation, without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. Where we have been the truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts, we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity.”
– Franklin Roosevelt
“Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
– Ronald Reagan
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
"Do not let any one claim to be a true American if they ever attempt to remove religion from politics." George Washington
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
-John Adams, October 11, 1798
“…can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?”
-Thomas Jefferson, 1781
“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protections and favor.”
-George Washington, October 3, 1789
“…except the Bible there is not a true history in the world.”
-John Jay, February 28, 1797 (First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court & Signer of the U.S. Constitution)
“There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations…”
-Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
“Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!”
-Abraham Lincoln, March 30, 1863
Posted by Education needed here | August 8, 2007 5:02 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 17:02
Thank God there are some people running the Country who have their heads on straight!
Our Country has absolutely been blessed because of the Christianity here. To unbelievers who have not studied the Bible and history, they, of course will think this is asinine! But it is very, very true.
To our forefathers, the separation of Church and State, had nothing at all to do with the definition that is being crammed down our throats today.
They came here from England to start a Church, separate from the Government, where they could worship in peace without the interference of the Government. In early Americana, the Bible was taught right along with the 3 Rs in our schools.
Yes, this Country has been blessed, but who knows how long it will last, if there isn't a big turn-around in society? God's Rules and Laws were the same yesterday as they are today, and as they will be tomorrow. They don't change with each generation. If that were so, then God would have provided each generation with a brand new Bible! It was a one time thing. Only people change, and turn away from God. And he will not be mocked forever.
It is a disgrace and blasphenous to have a hindu open the Senate with a prayer. Why is this Country humoring a false religion? Pretending to go along with it like it is credible. Shame on us!
Posted by Judy | August 8, 2007 5:12 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 17:12
America has it wrong when she asks "GOD BLESS AMERICA". Properly it should be "AMERICA, BLESS GOD!" Then watch God bless this land!
Posted by Sid Sides | August 8, 2007 5:17 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 17:17
When surveyed, more than 25% of Muslims, in America, said they believed it was right to kill non-Muslims. That is in America! Why is are government not seeing this as a threat to our National security!!! Instead, these people are being elected to national offices. Do people not see what has happened in Europe? That is what America has to look forward to if we don't do something. I agree with the parent of the five daughters. I don't want that for my girls either. Congressman Sali is right on. We have got to do something! When I called my senator's office expressing my outrage over the Hindu prayer in the Senate, the office clerk laughed at me on the phone and then proceeded to tell me that our government was not founded on the Bible or Christian principles. Something is very wrong here!
Posted by Gwen | August 8, 2007 5:23 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 17:23
I dont have a problem with someone elected to an office that is muslum, hindu, orthodox or whatever, the problem I have is that to open congress with a muslum prayer bothers me in that this is the US. It has gotten frustrating that I have to be politically correct and respect other faiths, but my faith gets knocked if i stand up for it!!!
Posted by pete panos | August 8, 2007 5:29 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 17:29
I keep hearing that the Christians are supposed to be tolerant and peaceful. Have you ever heard the name Jesus? He was not tolerant of 'strange gods' and false religions. The Bible strongly holds the position that other gods were to be put down, their idols destroyed, shame on us for even letting anyone be involved in our Government in any fashion, who denies the Lordship of Jesus Christ, tolerance is not a Bible word, and it surely is not a Jehovah God word. It may belong in some religions but not Christianity. We are not to tolerate other gods! Why isn't this concept clear to all christians?
Posted by Timothy Morgan | August 8, 2007 5:36 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 17:36
If you don't believe this is wrong,check your history books or your Bible,every nation that has turned it's back on GOD has been destroyed!!!!!! Every Christian needs to stand upon the word of GOD, to stop things like this from happening. Rember these things when you go to VOTE!!!
Posted by John Burcham | August 8, 2007 6:04 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 18:04
Thank you Mr. Sali for saying what most are thinking. Our motto is "In God We Trust" not 'many gods' (Hindu) and not the god of Islam, but the one True God. The God that our founding fathers prayed to and the One they committed the future of this country to is the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob and His only Son Jesus Christ. When we turn our backs on Him and allow the prayers to idols in the very seat of our government, He will turn away from this country and give it over to its own perverse ways. That is exactly what is happening.
Posted by Paul Pyle | August 8, 2007 6:12 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 18:12
I am a firm believer that our nation is in the terrible mess from the erossion of our forefathers founded Bibical standards. A standard that taught that there is NO compromises to the word of God, and NO tolarance to any false religion what so ever. Read your History books, proven, when a nation forgets God anything and everything is up for grabs. Moral decline, God's blessings are no more, strong nations become second rate countries. Look at England, once a great nation. But they forgot something. God!
Posted by Gary Hill | August 8, 2007 6:23 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 18:23
With regards to the Hindu Prayer. It is a very big deal. The bible says, "we wrestle not against flesh and blood; but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness of this world, wicked spirits in heavenly places. If you understand anything about the spiritual realm, you will know that those who pray to other gods, are calling upon spirits, and those spirits are being invited to come and bring into manifestation what they are praying for. Those spirits must be sent back where they came from, or, what they have been asked to do and what they have not been asked to do will to be in operation. Let us rise up with the authority and power Jesus Christ gave to us, and cast out the demonsin Jesus Name.
About the Muslim Congressman. We must remember the ballot box is out voice. When we vote or don't vote we are speaking what we will to be done in this nation. In Psalms, there is a scripture that says "he has given the earth to the children of men." If we don't want certain people elected to office, than we can't just complain and not vote. The Body of Christ is failing. It's only a small majority of the Body of Christ that vote. But, we sure can grumble and complain and be enraged. So, I say to everyone, if you don't want the muslims or any other religious or non-religious person in office, find out who they are and what their platform is, and "GO-GO-GO-to the polls and vote. Until our right to vote is taken away, we are still in charge and in control as to what is happening in our nation. If the politicians get in and they have deceived the people, then vote them out of office. And please, lets stop voting religion, political parties, etc. Lets please become informed about the people in office, or trying to get into office. Lets look at voting records. Lets find out everything we can, then vote. The bible, says "my people are destroyed because for a lack of knowledge."
Posted by Janice Williams | August 8, 2007 6:52 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 18:52
I think all should read this. It is from the First Amendment of our Constitution. It reads;
"Bill of Rights
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,"
The idea that membership in a certain religion should be a requirement of eligibility to hold governmental office is contrary to the very ideals our founding fathers envisioned.
Posted by Michelle-Marie hodges | August 8, 2007 7:06 PM
Posted on August 8, 2007 19:06
REP. SALI = TRAITOR!!
Posted by Tony | August 9, 2007 9:53 AM
Posted on August 9, 2007 09:53
Article VI, section 3, of the US constitution:
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
Note the important phrase:
...no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
What the senator is advocating is unconstitutional and directly opposed to the principals set out by our founding fathers. He could not be more wrong.
Posted by Dunesong | August 9, 2007 9:59 AM
Posted on August 9, 2007 09:59
Thank you Congressman Sali for the guts to avoid being politically correct. WOW, you are the only Congressional voice I have heard taking a stand for what America was founded and prospered on through these years.
Maybe, just maybe others will see your example and add their voice.
YOU ARE A REAL LEADER
Posted by Hubert Baldwin | August 9, 2007 10:29 AM
Posted on August 9, 2007 10:29
When this great Nation we live in was more concerned with the teaching of G_d in our schools and homes, other Nations feared and respected us,they know the power of our G_d. Now that we have allowed, all that to be lose, they feel the power of Satan to destroy us before we wake from our sleep. We still have the power of G_d when we what it. We need to give up alot of the things of this world which has made us slaves to the way of Satan. There is nothing to fear except when faith is covered over by something else. It is our duty to put off the things of Satan and put on the armore of Christ.
Posted by James | August 9, 2007 12:08 PM
Posted on August 9, 2007 12:08
By agreeing to this and by the Hindu prayer being allowed what they are saying is that our Founding Fathers work for this country was done for nothing, and for every war our soldiers have fought in to defend OUR freedom and OUR COUNTRY was for nothing. I dare anyone to say they argree to this to someone who has lost a loved one to this country for our freedom. If you go to another country you are required to speak their language, live by their laws and religion. In a country were the U.S. Senate was built on Christian beliefs a Christian prayer should be said to open the U.S Senate. Our country should not have to change it's views, morals, or ethics because someone from another country, this country, or another religion does not agree with it. They can speak their peace and be done with it, they do not have to like it but they do have to respect it. This includes the many Americans that do not believe that this country should be ran the way that our Founding Fathers envisioned. God bless Senator Sali for speaking up for this country, and those who know with out a doubt that he is correct in this issue. Remember what our Founding Fathers envisioned and worked so hard for, as well as every American Soldier who fought for OUR Freedom, as well as what our American Flag and this Country represents!
Posted by Sarah Angeletti | August 9, 2007 1:36 PM
Posted on August 9, 2007 13:36
Sali a traitor????????. How could anyone even think that when the prayer said was to a god we cannot serve.Why a hindu god?????
There in only one God , Father , Son and Holy Spirit.
This nation is on a fast track to HELL if we allow this to take place.
Trust in God at all times and lean NOT to your own understanding.
Thank you Mr. Sali and speak to those around you to stop these prayers to other gods.
Posted by Elizabeth Ryniak | August 9, 2007 4:23 PM
Posted on August 9, 2007 16:23