During a panel discussion on religion and politics on Sunday's "Meet the Press,' 1st Congressional District Rep. Raul Labrador said "it wouldn't matter" if President Obama was a Muslim.
The comment drew praise today from Leonard Pitts, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist with the Miami Herald.
Wrote Pitts: "Labrador is no fan of the president’s. His comment about Islam was made en route to a contention that Obama’s policies have “weakened” the nation. Labrador is a Republican and a conservative from a very Republican and conservative state, Idaho. It is his political and ideological kin who are most responsible for pushing — and believing — the Obama-as-Muslim narrative. All of which imbues his remark with a welcome patina of political courage and moral clarity."
We'll run the full column in Sunday's Insight section. In the meantime, here's a link to the Miami Herald.