Senator Retracts Allegation That Air Force Academy Controversy Is Example of Democrats "Demonizing Christians"

June 20, 2005


On June 20, 2005 the reported, "A Republican congressman has retracted his accusation that Democrats were 'demonizing Christians' by concluding there was religious intolerance at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The remark by Indiana Rep. John Hostettler came during debate on a proposal by Democrats that would put Congress on record against 'coercive and abusive religious proselytizing' at the academy. Hostettler said, 'Like a moth to a flame, Democrats can't help themselves when it comes to denigrating and demonizing Christians.' Democrats leapt to their feet and demanded Hostettler be censured for his remarks. After 30 minutes worth of wrangling, Hostettler retracted his comments."