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Century Marks

Let your yea be yea: Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, intends to use the Qur’an during a private swearing-in ceremony. This triggered a hostile reaction from Virgil Goode, a Republican representative from Virginia: “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 Qur’an.” David Friedman of the Anti-Defamation League defended Ellison, pointing out that no scriptures are used in the public swearing-in ceremony in the House chambers. Ellison himself said, “I’m a little incredulous about why anyone would care about what I’m going to swear on. In fact, if I swore on a book that wasn’t of my tradition . . . would you trust me?” (Detroit Free Press, December 27, and Ecumenical News International).


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