Racist Americans Are In A Frenzy About Keith Ellison, A Muslim U.S. Congressman from Minnesota
Republican racists are having a fit because of Ellisons desire to use the Quran in an unofficial private swearing in ceremony (after the official ceremony is done).
Ellison is under attack from well known Conservative racists, such as Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, Matt Drudge and others. However, one particular Republican Congressman stands out-- Virgil Goode. Goode wrote a letter to his supporters expressing his displeasure about having a Muslim like Ellison in Congress. Goode also stated in the letter that he supports limiting immigration to prevent the U.S. Congress from being overrun by all of these Muslims.
But there is one big problem with Goodes argument. Keith Ellison is not an immigrant and he's not Middle Eastern, as Goode suggests. This guy is truly showing his ignorance with this one. He also seems to have no clue that most Muslims are actually from Asia, not the Middle East. And as for Ellison?.... Keith Ellison was born in Detroit....an African American.... An American citizen. Not an immigrant.
Secondly, no Congressmember has the right to tell anyone what holy book they can use (and this is Ellisons own private ceremony). No member of Congress should criticize another member based on their religion. Radical Christians desperately want to establish Christianity as the official State religion.... when the Constitution states that government shall not establish ANY religion. However, radical Christians deny that freedom of religion (or not establishing a particular religion) is what the nations founders wanted, despite all of the clear historical evidence that says as much. (As I have mentioned a few times on this blog....Radical Christians like to create their own reality).
Conservatives are always talking about other cultures being intolerant of Christians, but here is one of many examples of their hypocrisy. Deep down, many folks from the Religious right (Republicans), like Congressman Goode and his followers, dislike anyone who isn't Christian and White.
Despite putting his foot in his mouth, Congressman Goode has refused to clarify or retract his statements. According to Goode, he has received mostly positive comments from his supporters.
Below is a copy of the letter Goode sent to his supporters. However, at least one copy was sent to the wrong person. That person took the letter to the Press.
Dec. 7, 2006
Mr. John Cruickshank
7— S— Dr.
Earlysville, VA 22936
Dear Mr. Cruickshank:
Thank you for your recent communication. 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 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. 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.
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 Koran. 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 Koran is not going to be on the wall of my office." Thank you again for your email and thoughts.
Virgil H. Goode, Jr.
70 East Court Street
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Lashawn Barbers Corner supports Virgil Goodes Bigotry. See here. I can't say I was surprised.
A Brief Commentary
Previous Topics and Blog Entries on This General Subject
Interview with Michelle Goldberg, who discusses (and warns about) the rise of Christian Nationalism.
New Right Wing Religious Video Game Condones Killing non-Christians in the Name of God. Scary and Looney at the same time.
Dr. Robin Meyers Talks About the Dangers of the Right Wing Christian Movement.
More Lunacy From the world of Radical Christianity
Jesus Camp. Read Comments Here and View Video
Bill Moyers Speaks on this Issue in his documentary Capitol Crimes.
The Strange and Infamous Patrick Henry College
Professors Quit Patrick Henry College in Protest
Very Good Documentary About the History of Jewish Radicals in Israel. View Program Online.