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December 27, 2006


You and Justice Gold are arguing against a straw-man. Though Virgil Goode has expressed personal distaste with Ellison using a Koran, he has explicitly said he would not want him legally barred from doing so:

Rush Limbaugh Show

"RUSH: Final question from David Asman. "Would you prohibit, Mr. Ellison -- would you prohibit him from bringing a Koran into that ceremony?"

GOODE: If the voters of that district want persons that are going to swear by the Koran, that's the choice of the voters of that district, but I believe that the overwhelming majority of voters in my district would prefer the use of the Bible if a book is used, and that is exactly what I'm going to do.

ASMAN: Well, that I may well be true, but again just to put a fine point on it: You are not, then, for prohibiting Mr. Ellison from bringing in a Koran?

GOODE: No, but I am for restricting immigration so that we don't have a majority of Muslims elected to the United States House of Representatives."

Fine then, it looks like Rep. Goode agrees with the legal precedents and common law cited by our esteemed lawyer friend and blogger, the Head Heeb. Glad we're all in agreement. The Koran is a perfectly valid holy book for a Muslim to use in swearing an oath in an American court or public office.

And furthermore, freedom of religion means freedom to use, quote and display whatever religious books matter to the citizen.

I love it when we all agree on fundamental American principles.

The Limbaugh quoter also commented (without the straw man reference) on Jonathan's blog. Jonathan responded succinctly and effectively (as you did).
Happy New Year,


I found your blog (enjoyable!) through a comment you left chez Ammar Abdulhamid.

My question is: are you involved with the AAI, and if not, why not?

Please email me (see link on my name) if you are interested.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

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