Ellison Quietly Makes His Point

04Jan07

In an impressively but quiet move of pure  integrity, Keith Ellison, the Muslim Representative from Minnesota, will be sworn in to office holding a Koran owned by Thomas Jefferson.

Ellison has put up with a lot of crap for being Muslim – most notably in his interview with Glen Beck – but has been remarkably patient and quiet regarding the many anti-Muslim statements being thrown against him.

Virgil Goode, Republican Representative from Virginia made some particularly horrible remarks in a letter. The text was reported on CNN:

Goode’s office released the letter to CNN Wednesday.

In it, Goode wrote, “When I raise my hand to take the oath on Swearing In Day, I will have the Bible in my other hand. I do not subscribe to using the Quran in any way.

“The Muslim representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that district and if American citizens don’t wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Quran.

“We need to stop illegal immigration totally and reduce legal immigration and end the diversity visas policy pushed hard by President Clinton and allowing many persons from the Middle East to come to this country.

“I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States if we do not adopt the strict immigration policies that I believe are necessary to preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of America and to prevent our resources from being swamped.”

He added, “The Ten Commandments and ‘In God We Trust’ are on the wall in my office. A Muslim student came by the office and asked why I did not have anything on my wall about the Quran.

“My response was clear, ‘As long as I have the honor of representing the citizens of the 5th District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives, the Quran is not going to be on the wall of my office.’ ”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations asked Goode to apologize.

“Rep. Goode’s Islamophobic remarks send a message of intolerance that is unworthy of anyone elected to public office,” the council’s Corey Saylor said in a statement. “There can be no reasonable defense for such bigotry.”

The Republican Party has yet to speak out against Goode’s words.

Congressional members are allowed to use historical books from the Library of Congress for their ceremony photo opportunities. His choice of Thomas Jefferson’s own book makes the point that religious tolerance goes all the way back to the founding fathers, and should continue to be something we take pride in as Americans.

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One Response to “Ellison Quietly Makes His Point”

  1. Good for him! He should use the holy book that means something to him!


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