Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Virgil Goode, have you woken up yet?

Doubt it. In fact, I am sure you are still spinning and lying and lying and spinning; ahhhh, the way you do the things you do, Virgil. But this has gotta hurt:
But It's Thomas Jefferson's Koran!
By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Wednesday, January 3, 2007; Page C03

Rep.-elect Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, found himself under attack last month when he announced he'd take his oath of office on the Koran -- especially from Virginia Rep. Virgil Goode, who called it a threat to American values.

Yet the holy book at tomorrow's ceremony has an unassailably all-American provenance. We've learned that the new congressman -- in a savvy bit of political symbolism -- will hold the personal copy once owned by Thomas Jefferson.

"He wanted to use a Koran that was special," said Mark Dimunation, chief of the rare book and special collections division at the Library of Congress, who was contacted by the Minnesota Dem early in December. Dimunation, who grew up in Ellison's 5th District, was happy to help.

Jefferson's copy is an English translation by George Sale published in the 1750s; it survived the 1851 fire that destroyed most of Jefferson's collection and has his customary initialing on the pages. This isn't the first historic book used for swearing-in ceremonies -- the Library has allowed VIPs to use rare Bibles for inaugurations and other special occasions.

Ellison will take the official oath of office along with the other incoming members in the House chamber, then use the Koran in his individual, ceremonial oath with new Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "Keith is paying respect not only to the founding fathers' belief in religious freedom but the Constitution itself," said Ellison spokesman Rick Jauert.

One person unlikely to be swayed by the book's illustrious history is Goode, who released a letter two weeks ago objecting to Ellison's use of the Koran. "I believe that the overwhelming majority of voters in my district would prefer the use of the Bible," the Virginia Republican told Fox News, and then went on to warn about what he regards as the dangers of Muslims immigrating to the United States and Muslims gaining elective office.

Yeah, but what about a Koran that belonged to one of the greatest Virginians in history? Goode, who represents Jefferson's birthplace of Albemarle County, had no comment yesterday.
Wow, Mr. Goode. I would have thought that a bigoted politician from the Republican party of Virginia would have learned this past electin cycle that when you are caught with your foot in your mouth, you should immediately apologize. But I guess common sense, though once touted as a certain brand of a now unemployed "conservative" Virginia Republican, doesn't fit into your busy schedule of hate and angry tirades against people who aren't exactly like you.

Once again, who is embarassed by the Virginia Republicans?

::raises hand, shakes head::


Blogger spankthatdonkey said...

Virgil Goode 'Get's it', because he is dead on correct! We notice a certain lack of comments on our blogs highlighting how screwed up Europe is by allowing massive immigration into that continent...

That is because Virgil Goode is right, we can not allow the socialists in this nation (read here, Democrat Party) to turn this nation into a 'basket case' that is Europe today....

Face it, you are nothing but a bunch of 'name callers' barely up to 6th grade level on current events and history...

7:59 PM  
Blogger I'm Not Emeril said...

You are aware I suppose of the reason Mr. Jefferson actually owned a copy of the Koran.

He was certainly not a religious man, even going so far as to cut and paste a version of the New Testament to suit him.

No, he owned a copy of the Koran because the first foreign policy he had to face as president was Islamic murderers, slavers, and pirates capturing American trading ships.

After trying diplomacy, and being informed that the Koran instructed them to kill and capture infidels as slaves, he learned what he needed to know about America's enemy and sent in the Marines.

Just in case you didn't know, the first line in the Marine Corps Hymn speaks to that incident.

Christopher Hitchens explains it all in a little more detail. And no, Slate is hardly a right wing publication.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Phriendly Jaime said...

Slate's fine. Hitchens? Not so much.

And I am just simply not as "anti-anyone but the Christian white" as some, I suppose. I know this; I have a huge problem with Goode as I suspect many, many Americans do, and I have deep respect for Rep. Ellison.

8:35 PM  
Blogger I'm Not Emeril said...

"...and I have deep respect for Rep. Ellison."

I can quote you on that in my next post, right? Because I will be exposing Keith X. Ellison, Keith Ellison-Muhammad, Keith E. Hakim, and whatever alias he's using now. Watch for it soon in a browser near you.

8:38 PM  

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