Thursday, January 04, 2007

I swear to God that not all of Virginia is a bunch of numbnuts, but . . .

former state legislator and current Congressman/village idiot Virgil Goode is getting exactly what he deserves with this - a well-deserved softball bat across his goofy-assed grin:

Congressman to be sworn in using Quran (link)
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press Writer 32 minutes ago
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.
"A visionary like Thomas Jefferson was not afraid of a different belief system," Ellison said. "This just shows that religious tolerance is the bedrock of our country, and religious differences are nothing to be afraid of."
Some critics have argued that only a Bible should be used for the swearing-in. Last month, Rep. Virgil Goode (news, bio, voting record), R-Va., warned that unless immigration is tightened, "many more Muslims" will be elected and follow Ellison's lead. Ellison was born in Detroit and converted to Islam in college.
Ellison said an anonymous person wrote to tell him about the Quran, and he arranged with the Library of Congress to use it. The chief of the Library of Congress' rare book and special collections division, Mark Dimunation, will walk the Quran across the street to the Capitol and bring it back after the ceremony.
Ellison's decision to use Jefferson's Quran was first reported by The Washington Post on Wednesday.
Jefferson was born in Albemarle County, in what is now Goode's congressional district in central Virginia. Goode's office did not return phone and e-mail messages left Wednesday.
An English translation of the Arabic, Jefferson's Quran was published in 1764 in London, a later printing of one originally published in 1734.
"This is considered the text that shaped Europe's understanding of the Quran," Dimunation said.
It was acquired in 1815 as part of a more than 6,400-volume collection that Jefferson sold for $24,000 to replace the congressional library that had been burned by British troops the year before, in the War of 1812.
"It was a real bargain," Dimunation said.
The Quran survived an 1851 fire in the Capitol. Dimunation described it as a two-volume work, bound in leather with marble boards.
"As a rare book librarian," he said, "there is something special about the idea that Thomas Jefferson's books are being walked across the street to the Capitol building, to bring in yet another session of governmental structure that he helped create."
Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

I love it when an anti-intellectual fuckwit masquarading as a philosophical heir to Thomas Jefferson is shown to be a cheap pretender. It happened to George Allen last year, and Virgil Goode is most deserved of the treatment in 2007.

For a view of the text of Goode's brilliant observations, see here.


Blogger Metro said...

More Muslims might get elected? Democratically?

Well thank Allah the recent trend seems to have been toward slowly but determinedly taking democracy to bits. It may be the only hope for preserving freedom!

When Christ comes again (on the assumption that the faith of my fathers may actually be the One True one and accepting fully that they could have been wrong as football bats) I hope he spends an instructional few months going around and personally bitchslapping everyone who launched mealy-mouthed appeals to public paranoia in His name.

He could do it too--'cos he'd have to be at least tough enough to beat Chuck Norris.

Stone-age, simple-minded, cryptoxenophobic ...
exunt muttering

12:14 PM  
Blogger THE Michael said...

Does that mean I can't take the oath with my hand on my Wiccan Book of Shadows?

Yea, we really have to do something before any more French infiltrate our society, or Irish, or Canadians, or...........

4:26 PM  
Blogger Miz BoheMia said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR FE!!! May this year be nothing short of exciting for you and your new path!

3:19 AM  
Blogger Miss Cellania said...

Its good that someone will remind everyone what freedom of religion is all about every once in a while. Put the brakes on that slippery slope!

8:24 AM  
Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

What a if we can only make the paradigm shift to the next level,
freedom FROM religion,
then maybe we damned dirty apes can get somewhere.

4:26 PM  

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