He probably wasn’t using it anyway

Congratulations Minnesota!

Today America’s first Muslim will be officially sworn into Congress, the honorable Representative –(still) elect Keith Ellison. But there were – problems, controversies, teacup Kathrinas.

You see that fine gentleman, a man of religion, requested he be sworn in on the book of his faith – which just happens to be the Koran. (Please – feel free to insert appropriate gasps and snarls from the religious right here.) According to the Washington Post, he has also found a rather nice political solution. He won’t be using just any old – um – hotel version, he’ll be using Thomas Jefferson’s personal copy.

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.

This obviously means the end of the world as we know it! At least according to Virgil H. Goode (or bad depending on your point of view) from Virginia . Wonkette is probably a bit iffy on the good/bad thing and are already convinced that Thomas Jefferson hated America. As to the dishonorable Reprehensible Goode, they do an excellent job of summing up his position.

Last month, Rep. Virgil Goode wrote a crazy letter in which he promised to deport the Minnesota-born Ellison before him and his jihadist buddies took over the House and made our children into Arabs who had to pledge allegiance to the French flag and get gay married. Goode’s main concern was that Ellison asked to be sworn in with the Koran.

But perhaps you don’t believe Wonkette? Via TMPMuckracker, a portion of the evil Goode letter.

[…] 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.[…]

The letter goes even slightly more guano-weird from there. But you should probably read it on your own.

I think the solution found by the honorable Representative –(still) elect Keith Ellison was perfect! An ideal solution to right wing silliness. Minnesota I congratulate you on your excellent choice of representatives. If every solution he comes up with is that creative, you have a winner.

And Jefferson probably doesn’t use that copy very often anymore anyway.

(Hat Tip to BitchPhD who pointed out the TPM letter.)

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4 comments so far

  1. Teresa on

    I really liked that he used Jefferson’s Koran.

    I’ve got a real soft-spot in my heart for old T.J. myself.

    Having been embroiled in an e-mail argument with someone who is just flat-out opposed to Ellison using the Koran, (This is AMERICA, and it’s a CHRISTIAN NATION! Love it or leave it!)I can’t wait to hear what she says about it being Thomas Jefferson’s Koran.

    Of course, I don’t think it will make any difference to her point of view…but it will be interesting to see the rhetoric that she wraps around it.

  2. blc303 on

    It does put a bit of a dent in the Christian Nation bla bla that the founding fathers followed a form of religion that hadn’t even been invented yet.

    As I’m sure you are aware, Fundamentalist Christian beliefs arose during the nineteenth century and were first codified, more or less, in 1909 in the book Fundamentals: A Testimony To The Truth. Hence the name “Fundamentalists”. But then again people who can compress 13 Billion years into 6000 have no problem rewriting any other foolish nonsense. Since the Bible doesn’t explicitly say Jefferson owned a Koran, it just can’t be true. This kind of talk obviously leads to the corruption of our youth, abortion, crime, pornography and elf abuse.

    I seriously doubt that the majority of the founding fathers would be overjoyed to see what has become of their country. I wonder if they’d move to Canada? 😉

    On the other hand, I suspect Ellison pissed off the conservative Muslim community. If I understand correctly, it was a translation.

    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.

    That’s a major no-no, bad-bad on that side of the pew/prayer rug. It isn’t the true word of Allah, if you don’t use the right language.

  3. Teresa on

    I don’t think that’s an accident either, on Ellison’s part.

    Everyone focuses on the “signal” he was supposedly sending to white, “Christian”, America.

    I too observed that it was a translation, and thought that he was sending another “signal”. He’s an AMERICAN muslim.

    Like any religion, you have to follow your concience in how you reconcile your religion with your place in the world and time in history. In America, we are supposed to understand that and support every American’s right and duty to do so.

  4. Anomalous Data on

    Silly Regressive

    Why must so many regressive analogies suck so bad?


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