Quaran to be used to swear in congressman
Why are some people so stupid? After reading this article, I realized that all the jokes about stupid lawmakers have some validity.
To summarize, Republican Rep. Virgil Goode made comments condemning the use of the Quran to swear in a newly elected Muslim congressman. He later refused to apologize, saying:
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.
What an idiot! Does he realize how racist he is? Does he realize that making an individual swear on a book they don’t hold sacred does absolutely no good. I would rather have someone swear an oath on something they truly believe in. It just doesn’t make sense to have them swear an oath on something that is meaningless to them.
If the roles were reversed and a Christian were asked to swear an oath on the Quran, it would have no meaning and no binding effect.
If I lived in this guys district in Virginia, I would start campaigning against him right now.
Finally, something I think we can all agree on. There was a letter to the Editor in the Deseret News last week by some bigot in St. George who was livid about this, saying that the soldiers in Iraq weren’t fighting so that Rep. Ellison could swear on the Quran. But that’s exactly what I hope they are fighting for.
Actually I disagree. Just kidding!
One thing I have agreed with W on was the Dubai Ports World issue. But because of zenophobia from people like Rep. Goode, a legitimate company in a moderate Muslim country became the baby thrown out with the bath water, and the Muslim world saw us for a bunch of zenophobes.
We Americans are so isolated we don’t see that most people around the world are just like us, trying to scratch out a tune without breaking our necks.
Agreed. I don’t understand why American as a “melting pot” can be so racist. Of any nation on earth, we should be the ones most open to this type of thing. Because we are made up of almost every race and religion on earth, we should be more accepting of each and every one of them
This is an interesting piece from The Nation regarding Goode and the Q’uran.
Warning Dan; it’s a liberal political magazine (but the piece isn’t liberal, except in the classical Jeffersonian sense).
Excellent article! I especially liked the following from Ellison:
That’s what the constitution is talking about when it mentions the separation of church and state. It’s the freedom to choose. That government will not push one single church, but that all are welcome.