Monday, February 20, 2006

Bosma's Theocratic Indiana

You must read this barely-publicized story; it is yet another glimpse into the ethnocentrist world of Brian Bosma.

The following is an excerpt from a letter written by one of the Rabbis who attended the JCRC’s Jewish Lobby Day. The itinerary culminated with a meeting between 40 Jewish leaders and Speaker Bosma.

From the Daily Pulse:

Speaker Bosma wondered why we hadn’t discussed the controversy surrounding the issue of prayer in House chambers. He told us his version of what happened and what he believes, and a passionate exchange took place. The end of this exchange left us, the Jewish delegation, in shock. Speaker Bosma, defending the prayer issue, asked, “How many Jews are there in Indiana? About 2%? There are at least 80% Christians in Indiana.” The implication of this statement was that our minority community doesn’t and shouldn’t have any say or any voice. It is about the majority and what the majority wants. The jaws of the delegation dropped to the floor. We were speechless. Everything we believed about this country had just been trampled. Gone was the belief of the constitutional protection of minorities. Gone was not feeling marginalized. Gone was the belief we were not strangers in this country. (emphasis added).

Brian Bosma gives the distinct impression that while the United States protects the interests of religious minorities, the State of Indiana does not. The State of Indiana cares about majority rule. Meanwhile, government officials use the House Chamber to pray to Jesus in an attempt to ensure the persistence of their majority.

The State of Indiana is really flirting with the line between Democracy and Theocracy.

And no good can possibly come from that.

6 Comments:

Blogger Jason266 said...

No common sense...absolutely no common sense. They chastize (sp?) Arabian countries for oppressing Israel and others who do not follow Islam, but when the Indiana Statehouse oppresses Jews and other religions, it's okay.

HOW DO WE KEEP GETTING THESE MORONS ELECTED???

10:51 AM  
Blogger dhonig said...

People responded to this story, and they responded in droves. Apparently, the e-mail was so overwhelming that Bosma felt he had to respond, and yesterday he apologized to the Jewish Community in a personal meeting with leaders, and on the 6 O'Clock news.

Well, lots of people asked if he was being challenged, and how to help. I'm thrilled to announce that he is being challenged, and by the President of the Hamilton County Democrats, Susan Fuldauer. She just announced this weekend and is still getting her website off the ground. If you want to help, here's some information:

Contributions can be made to the following:
Committee to Elect Susan Fuldauer, 6284 Rucker Rd., Suite A, Indpls., IN 46220

Vote Susan should be up and running and have some additional methods for contribution working by next week.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Jezebella said...

If Bosma and Bauer were both defeated in this election, it would spin Indiana in a whole new direction. We just need new leadership. And both of them are completely out of touch with what people really care about. Bosma does things that people disagree with, and Bauer does nothing at all.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Jason266 said...

You are right jezebella, there are morons on both side of the aisle, in both houses, state and federal. It's time for a clean sweep, in my opinion.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Jezebella said...

I agree...we need a mutiny of the young and uncorrupted!

8:26 PM  
Blogger jc indyin said...

Mutiny is right! We need an overhaul of Indiana legislature and new blood would be a step in the right direction.

10:25 AM  

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