Former Congressman Mark Siljanders was interviewed on a local show this morning. It sounded like he said that he believes that Benazir Bhutto was a Christian. Siljanders represented the MIchigan 6th district for three terms in the 1980s, She was popular with Catholics in Pakistan.
He was promoting his new book, A Deadly Understanding: A Congressman’s Quest to Bridge the Muslim-Christian Divide. Unfortunately for Siljanders, he has been charged with “for allegedly laundering money for a charity linked to terrorists.” He reportedly “concealed lobbying fees for a group that the federal government charges with funneling money to an Afghan warlord with ties to al Qaeda. ” This was part of some fund raising that Siljanders said he was doing to finance the writing of the book, which seeks to reconcile members of the Islaimic and Christian faiths. This guy thinks there were more base motives.
Quite a change of heart you have to say, considering:
Siljander, known for his hard-line support of Israel, was a conservative who fought hard for anti-abortion causes in Congress. The primary race with Upton turned after a recording of Siljander asking local pastors to “break the back of Satan” by praying for his reelection was released late in the campaign.