Ignoring the text of the Constitution, Rep. Bill Sali (R-ID) recently claimed that religious diversity was not envisioned by the Founding Fathers. The Idaho Statesman followed up on the story and reports today that Sali will call Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) — the first Muslim member of Congress — to apologize. But Sali refused to back down over his claim that multiculturalism in Congress is dangerous:
“I think that Keith deserves a call from me — not necessarily because of what’s in my heart or in my mind, but because of how it’s been portrayed,” Sali said.
But Sali said he does think the country’s Founding Fathers created a government based on Christian principles and that the best course into the future is to follow those ideas.
The country’s creators fought for the “principles found in Scripture,” he said. “The dangerous part is straying from these principles.
“The idea that somehow we can move to multiculturalism and still remain the same — I think that’s a little dangerous, too,” he said. “From my standpoint, I believe the Founding Fathers were overwhelmingly Christian, and the God they were talking about is the God of the Bible.”