"No, no!" said the Queen. "Sentence first—verdict afterwards."
Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)
How much more asinine can House Republican John Hostettler be? I wonder how loud Republicans will agree that his comments are wrong or if there will be any apologies or regrets issued?
There is no reason to comment further. From the Washington Post:
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.
Hostettler later agreed to strike those words from the record, but Republicans were not backing down.
"Hostettler may have said it unartfully," Majority Leader Tom DeLay' said Tuesday. But "Democrats are constantly attacking people of faith." DeLay, R-Texas, also decided to get in a couple of licks at Durbin, calling his remarks about Guantanamo Bay a "premeditated and monstrous attack against America's military