Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Congressman John "American Taliban" Hostettler

In response to a Democratic initiative to put the House of Representative on the record against "coercive and abusive religious proselytizing" at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Republican John Hostettler of Indiana pulled out all the stops and accused Democrats of "demonizing Christians."

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

This prompted heated objections from Democrats and Hostettler retracted his comments after House business was held up for over 30 minutes.

Democrats have begun objecting to well-documented allegations of proselytizing and favoritism for Christians at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, including a professor who required cadets to pray before taking his test and a Protestant chaplain who warned anyone "not born again would burn in the fires of hell."

"The long war on Christianity in America continues today on the floor of the United States House of Representatives," said American Taliban-in-Chief Hostettler.

Let's also all remember that this is the same Republican Congressman who was in the news just last year, when he was caught carrying a loaded, Glock 9mm handgun in a carry-on bag in the Louisville airport and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.

So he carries a loaded gun around, tries to foment religious division and is not very bright – yep, he's a Republican.