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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Virgil Goode keeps digging
Some people, when stuck in a hole, stop digging. Not Virgil Goode. After his bizarre conflation of Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison with immigrants from the middle east a couple weeks ago and the various generalizations he made about, oh say 1 billion humans, he just doesn't know when to quit.

A letter I sent in early December was written in response to hundreds of e-mails from constituents upset about Rep.-elect Keith Ellison's decision to use the Quran in connection with his congressional swearing-in. Their communications followed media reports that Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, had said that he would swear on the Quran. He repeated that at a gathering of Muslims in Detroit on Dec. 26.

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.

My letter also stated, "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 Quran."

Immigration is arguably the most important issue facing the country today. At least 12 million immigrants are here illegally. And diversity visas, a program initiated in 1990 to grant visas to people from countries that had low U.S. immigration at that time, are bringing in 50,000 a year from various parts of the world, including the Middle East.

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.

So, not content to generalize that attacks on 9/11 to immigrants as a whole (that's not enough millions of people), he now seeks to generalize them to all of Islam. It sounds like Goode is one of these people that believes the War on Terrah should be renamed the War on Islam as the 20 assholes from 9/11 clearly represent the entire religion. Sorry pal, I don't subscribe to crusades, you're on your own there.

I actually felt a little sorry for Goode when the only people they could find for "World Have Your Say" on our brief appearance were some real total crackpots. You know, the types that say we are at war with Islam? Well, now I don't feel so bad. Don't get me wrong, I have contempt for all religions, but one of the reasons why is because of their tendency towards crusades and killing over belief. It's this kind of crap from Goode that really makes me worry that there are many people in this country that would like a war on Islam. 21st century crusaders, how pathetic is that?

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