Hatred on the House floor
Our state lawmakers regularly rubber-stamp resolutions honoring people or events in the commonwealth, but if you're planning to submit something for our legislators' blessing, I hope you're praying to Jesus, because that's a requirement, at least for one House member from Western Pennsylvania. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, shown above, made a fool of himself - and his constituents, by extension - when he stood up in the House chambers to declare his opposition to a resolution recognizing the upcoming Harrisburg convention of a Muslim organization, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Said Metcalfe, a Butler County Republican, "The Muslims do not recognize Jesus Christ as God, and I will be voting negative." The proper thing for the rest of the House members to do would have been to say, "OK, clown, knock yourself out," and then approve the resolution. But after some condemnation of Metcalfe from other lawmakers, the resolution was tabled at the request of one of Metcalfe's Republican colleagues, Rep. Gordon Denlinger of Lancaster. These men have brought shame on Pennsylvania. Our country has a long history of supporting freedom of religion, to the point of recognizing freaky cults, like the Scientologists, and churches with screwball foundations, like the Mormons. To shun the Muslim group, which, according to the resolution, aimed to "increase faith and harmony and introduce various humanitarian, social and religious services," is idiotic. I would like to see the House pass a resolution in support of this statement: "Representative Metcalfe, you're an ass."