A press lease from Congressman Peter Roskam:
Casten says ‘Shut up,’ he didn’t ask about your God
WHEATON, IL — Sean Casten has made his opinion of people of faith resoundingly clear, and in a recent podcast threw gasoline on the flames, calling religion an excuse to not talk about ethics and says people should just “shut up” about religion.
“Religion is what politicians talk about when they don’t want to talk about ethics.
“So, every time a politician talks about their religion, in my dream, people like you say, ‘Shut up. I didn’t ask you about which God you believed in. I asked you about your ethics,’” said Sean Casten.
This was no one-off attack—Casten has been heard on three other occasions touting the same anti-religious commentary in front of Sixth District voters.
When it comes to silencing discussion of people’s beliefs, Casten and his family put their money where their mouth is.
His family’s foundation has given over $150,000 to the Center for Inquiry, whose stated mission is to “keep religion from infecting public policy,” marginalize all faiths and even normalize suicide.
“Telling people to ‘shut up’ about their beliefs is unforgivable,” said Roskam for Congress Spokesman Veronica Vera.
“In a time when groups are being violently targeted for their religious beliefs, and there is so much troubling hate, we do not need representatives in office who spread this type of hate speech.
“Voters do not expect or ask Casten to be religious, but they do expect he show respect and sensitivity for their beliefs. He needs to apologize and stop attacking people of faith immediately.”