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Utah Republican Claims: ‘Satan behind illegal immigration’

by Pamela Leavey

More weird and troubling Republican news tonight… The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

A Utah County Republican delegate may not be catching hell for calling illegal immigration a satanic plot, but he isn’t gaining any converts, either.

Utah County GOP Chairwoman Marian Monnahan says District 65 Chairman Don Larsen’s resolution – asserting that illegal immigration is the devil’s plan to destroy the nation by “stealth invasion” – “in no way” is endorsed by the Republican Party…

Larsen, who did not return a phone call or an e-mail seeking comment Thursday, is urging the closing of national borders to illegal immigrants to “prevent the destruction of the U.S. by stealth invasion.”

“In order for Satan to establish his ‘New World Order’ and destroy the freedom of all people as predicted in the Scriptures, he must first destroy the U.S.,” his resolution states. The mostly quiet and unspectacular invasion of illegal immigrants does not focus the attention of the nations the way open warfare does, but is all the more insidious for its stealth and innocuousness.”

Excuse me… Satan is doing this? The Tribune notes that “members of Utah’s Latino community searched for diplomatic words to respond to the measure.”

It sounds like someone who is way out in left field, living in some fantasy world,” said Tony Yapias, director of Proyecto Latino de Utah and former head of the state’s Office of Hispanic Affairs. “He is just an extremist, radical right-winger.”

PZ Myers on Pharyngula notes “Maybe Satan just likes a good enchilada?

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