Keeping Faith With Religious Freedom
Keeping Faith With Religious Freedom: "Obey's all-American assertion of religious liberty was, for Rep. John Hostettler (R-Ind.), part of 'the long war on Christianity in America [that] continues today on the floor of the House of Representatives. It 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.'
Obey rose to his feet and demanded that Hostettler's last words be stricken from the record, which they eventually were. 'If Jesus is watching what's happening on the floor of the House of Representatives, with people behaving in such a blasphemous fashion,' Obey said this week, 'well, I am reminded of that passage, 'Jesus wept.' ' Obey said that when he first came to Congress, 'there would have been universal condemnation of Hostettler by both parties.' In this case, Obey said he was approached afterward by a single sympathetic Republican. "