Thursday, December 21, 2006

Congressman Goode (VA): Another Republican Bigot

This letter was sent to hundreds of constituents by the office of Republican Rep. Virgil Goode Jr. of Virginia (GOI: In response to Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison choosing to use the Quran in the swearing in ceremony of Congress).

I do not subscribe to using the Koran 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 Koran.

GOI: Another intolerant, bigoted, Republican. He comes this close to saying that Muslims should be banned from coming to America. If the Republican leadership doesn't want this image to continue then they need to demand that Goode apologize or their silence with tell us that the Republican party indeed condones these kind of beliefs on a general level. I guess Congressman Goode believes that the Bible trumps the Constitution which says that there shall be no religious test imposed on citizens or elected officials. If that is indeed what he believes then shouldn't we be more concerned about Goode then Rep. Keith Ellison???

This is Salon's take on the flap:

As the most recent example of this un-Christian behavior, one has only to consider the outrageous racist outburst sent by Virginia Rep. Virgil Goode to his constituents this week about the horrifying possibility of more Muslims entering this country. Driven to new heights of xenophobic bigotry by the news that new Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison is going to pledge fealty (in a private ceremony) to the U.S. using a Quran rather than a Bible, Goode called for an end to illegal immigration, a reduction in legal immigration, and a rollback of "diversity visa policies" pushed by President Clinton. (Never mind that Ellison traces his American ancestry back to 1742!)

"The Ten Commandments and 'In God We Trust' are on the wall in my office," declared Goode, attempting to establish his bona fides as a true Christian. And he did just that, if his intent was to equate Christianity with hate, intolerance, racism and stupidity. What part of "Love Thy Neighbor" don't you understand, Congressman?

GOI: This in the wake of intolerant, racist Colorado Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo saying Miami is "like a third world country" because of it's diversity. As a proud Coloradoan I fully reject Tancredo being a real Coloradoan. Thanks to Shrimplate for the idea of this post.

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pjgoober said...

Seriously, after September 11th, any nation that was not insane would have halted all muslim immigration. We have absolutely no obligation to let them in. They come here at our whim. September 11th was far more than enough cause to bar the whole lot of them.

God Bless Virgil Goode! I have called his office and given my thanks.

james said...


SURELY you can SEE and understand that not ALL Muslims are terrorists, right???

Tom said...

Some good news, tangentially related to your post, from an entry in dharma::vision: "the first Buddhists in history to be serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. Incoming Democratic Representatives Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Hank Johnson of Georgia are the first ever 'openly' Buddhists to serve in the U.S. Congress."

james said...


I heard about those two members of Congress. How cool is that?!!

Lynne said...

"We have absolutely no obligation to let them in. They come here at our whim."

Too bad the people living here in 1492 didn't have that attitude.

james said...


Yep, if we follow PJ's lead then none of us are "American" except the Native Americans.

Tom said...

Goode is out of his mind and hate-baiting. [Same goes for pjgoober, btw.]

pj writes, "We have absolutely no obligation to let them in. They come here at our whim."

We are a nation of laws, not a nation of whims.

We don't have a problem of any kind in America with American Muslims engaging in terrorist activity. There isn't a wave of muslim migration to America. This is a teapot-sized tempest made up wholly of steam, based on fear and fear-mongering, devoid of facts.

There's nothing broken to even try to fix.

If a problem develops, it will be locally grown by white bigots and come because of the hate mongering and an effort to divide and whip up fear.

There is nothing to fear but fear itself.

james said...


Well said. PJ seems to forget that none of the 9/11 hijackers were American citizens. According to his logic we should profile all young, white men because of Timothy McVeigh.

Yep, good thing PJ isn't in charge.

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