Someone needs to remind the wingnut trolls of the world that the one of the most fundamental ideas of America, one of the main reasons the colonists set out for this New World, one of the main reasons we sought our independence, is that there be NO RELIGIOUS TEST for people who seek public office.
Newly elected Representative Keith Ellison is on the job:
The first Muslim elected to Congress says he will take his oath of office using a Quran once owned by Thomas Jefferson to make the point that "religious differences are nothing to be afraid of."
Rep.-elect Keith Ellison, D-Minn., decided to use the centuries-old Quran during his ceremonial swearing-in on Thursday after he learned that it is kept at the Library of Congress. Jefferson, the nation's third president and a collector of books in all topics and languages, sold the book to Congress in 1815 as part of a collection.
"It demonstrates that from the very beginning of our country, we had people who were visionary, who were religiously tolerant, who believed that knowledge and wisdom could be gleaned from any number of sources, including the Quran," Ellison said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
Meanwhile, you get bloggers who claim to be UberPatriots or whatever saying we should force Ellison to swear himself in on the Bible (which version would be okay, by the way?). Or, better, that the Constitution and religious freedom are incompatible. The concept of irony is just totally lost on these clowns. Like their Boy King, they don't even know how to fucking read.
I will grant, however, that the vast majority of the right wing blogosphere is either silent or supportive of Ellison on this matter. It's just the usual 2% of the population, the howler monkeys, who are making fools of themselves over this.
The more I think about this, the more I like the message this sends to the Islamic countries of the world. They'll hear we have Muslims in our government, and we're pretty much okay with it. That's how you "win hearts and minds", though I'll grant it is just one tiny step forward amidst a hurricane of backwards. Could you imagine the reaction in Saudi Arabia to the elec ... oh sorry, no Democracy.
Nevermind.Posted by Observer at January 4, 2007 07:01 AM
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