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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