Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean has issued the following statement in response to Rep. Tom Tancredo’s refusal to apologize for his now infamous radio remarks last week in which he said the U.S. should consider bombing Muslim holy sites:

“Tancredo’s statements go against the very message America is trying to send to the world, that the war against terrorism is not a war on Islam. Remarks threatening the destruction of holy sites akin to the Vatican or Jerusalem do nothing to win the hearts and minds of Muslims in the United States and abroad.

Congressman Tancredo certainly owes Muslims around the globe an immediate apology for his offensive remarks. At the same time, he also owes Americans an apology for projecting a message that goes against our values. With these remarks, Tancredo has been utterly careless with his responsibility for shaping our foreign policy. Tancredo’s continued refusal to apologize poses a very real danger to our troops. President Bush should strongly condemn Tancredo’s statement.”