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January 2, 2007

Virgil Goode Still Doesn’t Get It

by Doug Mataconis

Virgil Goode has a piece on the USA Today blog about his statements last month condemning Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison’s plan to use the Koran in his symbolic swearing-in later this week. Once again, Goode proves he really doesn’t get it:

My letter did not call for a religious test for prospective members of Congress, as some have charged. Americans have the right to elect any person of their choosing to represent them. I indicated to my constituents that I did not subscribe to the Quran in any way, and I intended to use the Bible in connection with my swearing-in. I also stated that the Ten Commandments and “In God We Trust” are on the wall of my office, and I have no intention of displaying the Quran in my office. That is my choice, and I stand by my position and do not apologize for it.

And, Congressman, you have every right to make that choice. What about someone who chooses to do something different, though ? Whether it’s using another religious book, or as Teddy Roosevelt did, using no book at all, they have as much right to their choice and acknowledgment of their faith as you do.

But, of course, that’s not enough, because we must bring up the specter of 9/11:

Let us remember that we were not attacked by a nation on 9/11; we were attacked by extremists who acted in the name of the Islamic religion. I believe that if we do not stop illegal immigration totally, reduce legal immigration and end diversity visas, we are leaving ourselves vulnerable to infiltration by those who want to mold the United States into the image of their religion, rather than working within the Judeo-Christian principles that have made us a beacon for freedom-loving persons around the world.

The only problem with this is that Representative Ellison is an American citizen, not an immigrant. He converted to Islam and, whether you agree with his politics or not, he has as much right to his religious beliefs as Virgil Goode does. If he chooses to acknowledge that faith when he becomes a Member of Congress, what business does Virgil Goode have saying he can’t do it ?

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11 Comments

  1. Mr. Goode is a racist not because he condemned Moslems and the use of Koran, but because he had little or nothing to say when David Duke cohorted with the Islamic extremists in Iran. However, when it came to a black man taking oath of office on Koran Mr. Goode condemned him. Perhaps the racist here is not Mr. Goode, but his white reactionary constituents who only raised the issue when a black man was involved, but had little or nothing to say when their fellow white southern racist cohorted with the Islamic extremists in Iran.

    Comment by G. Chell — January 2, 2007 @ 1:42 pm
  2. The fact that Goode said nothing about David Duke doesn’t mean he is a racist. The vast majority of the population of the USA is unaware that there was a “holocaust conference” in Iran, or that Duke attended it. Aside from that, saying nothing does not make one a racist, although it could make you a silent partner in racism.

    On the other hand, his position on Ellison shows religious intolerance and a fundamental misunderstanding of the Constitution and the principles this country were founded on. Those principles were the principles of the Scottish Enlightenment, not Judeo-Christian. Although certainly inter-related, they are not the same.

    Comment by Adam Selene — January 2, 2007 @ 1:48 pm
  3. Adam,

    The ironic thing is that the District Goode represents includes the ancestral homes of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

    I don’t think that Goode is a racist so much as he’s an idiot who knows what he needs to say to pander to the voters in his districts, who I am sure are loving this nonsense.

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — January 2, 2007 @ 1:58 pm
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  5. Question:

    What did Goode think about George Allen using the word “macaca” and George Allen denying that he was a Jew?

    Comment by Kevin — January 2, 2007 @ 2:14 pm
  6. Keith Ellison certainly has every right to use the Koran for his swearing in ceremony . To suggest otherwise is totally UN-AMERICAN . While I have no great respect for the Muslim Religion per say , this is due largely to it’s general label being used to incite horrific violence world wide , if Mr Ellison wishes to express his faith he should be free to do so . If nothing else , we in the United States need to remember that freedom of religion is paramount to freedom in general . So few of the world’s Muslims know these freedoms or understand them . At the very least Americans need to remember that tolerance is the bedrock of OUR freedom .

    Comment by Jeff — January 3, 2007 @ 5:17 am
  7. Speaking of “religious intolerance”, does anyone here actually know a thing about the Qur’an? It’s an interesting read, especially the parts about killing non-believers and not taking Jews and Christians as their friends.

    Comment by S. Cutbirth — January 3, 2007 @ 7:37 am
  8. Speaking of religious intolerance, all you folks who want to bash the Koran and ignore the Torah and Christian Bible should re-read those holy books. In the Torah and Old Testament, “God” kills children merely for making fun of his priest, for example. Hmmmmm.

    Comment by Adam Selene — January 3, 2007 @ 8:37 am
  9. “Speaking of “religious intolerance”, does anyone here actually know a thing about the Qur’an? It’s an interesting read, especially the parts about killing non-believers and not taking Jews and Christians as their friends.”

    Do people like Mr. Goode and his constituents really follow the teachings of the Bible such as no heterosexual sex before or outside marriage? Or do they just rant and rave about Islam and gay marriage using and misusing the Bible because it is the popular thing to do? If we really believe in Christian values how about preaching abstinence to the fornicators who live in this country? As Jesus said, ye who have no sin cast the first stone.

    Comment by G. Chell — January 3, 2007 @ 9:32 am
  10. I think we should keep the Ethiopians in good health. They know what is what!

    Jose

    Comment by Jose — January 3, 2007 @ 2:25 pm
  11. I would prefer to have a person swear in on something they believe in vs. something they do not. A man or woman’s public vows to serve are only as concrete as the personal/religious beliefs they hold, in private. Shocking and unbelievable as this may sound, these are not always Christian in nature. Our country has always been a strong proponent for Freedom of Religion, if my school history lessons are recalled correctly.

    Comment by Marty Dues — January 3, 2007 @ 2:48 pm

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