A Salt Lake Tribune story in today’s Las Vegas newspaper about a speech Harry Reid gave at a Virginia university, states:
The Senate, he said, used to be a collegial atmosphere but is now “going through some real struggles” unlike its historic legacy as a the most deliberative political body in the world.
“The reason they worked [previously] is because people were ladies and gentleman and wouldn’t take advantage of the rules,” Reid said. “The last few years, rules have been used, in my opinion, not for the good of the country.”
This is the same Nevada senator who dropped the nuclear option so presidential appointees could be approved with a simple majority instead of by 60 votes, as had been the case for centuries.
This is the same Harry Reid who managed to pass ObamaCare under the reconciliation rule, when he had only 59 Democrat votes.
This is the same Harry Reid who used to fill the amendment tree so Republicans could not introduce amendments to bills.
Never mind Reid’s and Obama’s rewriting of history.
“In the name of Catholicism and absolutism, we had the crusades, horrible things done in the name of religion,” Reid, a self-declared Mormon, was quoted as saying in the University of Virginia’s inaugural Joseph Smith Lecture on Religious Liberty.
Obama said at a prayer breakfast in February:
The profound good, the strength, the tenacity, the compassion and love that can flow from all of our faiths, operating alongside those who seek to hijack religions for their own murderous ends.
Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history, and unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the crusades and the inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.
It was a little more nuanced than that.
As for things done in the name of religion, the Mormon Church has expressed regret for deeds done in its name.