Saturday, December 23, 2006

Everybody is missing the point

So, Keith Ellison, the freshmen congressman from Minnesota and the first Muslim elected to the US Congress is causing all kinds of controversy, because he wants to put his hand on the Koran instead of the bible during his swearing in ceremony.

This is controversial? Sorry, I fail to see any controversy here.

First of all there is no official religion in the United States. There is no official book of the United States either. Who cares if Ellison puts his hands on the Quran during the swearing-in ceremony… What is that going to change? He's a Muslim. Get over it. Besides members of Congress are officially sworn in on the floor without a Bible, therefore Ellison could put his hand on a phone book while grabbing his manhood and say help me Allah or whatever.

Everybody is so caught up in him swearing in with the Koran that everyone is missing the point.
The issue here isn't how Keith Ellison is going to take his oath for a ceremonial picture, but rather how he's going to vote as a member of congress!

From what I've read from the Quran, it is the duty of every devout Muslim to bring Islamic law and teachings to the country in which he lives. Many of the leaders of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) have openly expressed their desire to see the United States under Islamic Law. It is part of their devotion to Islam.

Instead of asking Keith Ellison what he's going to place his hand on during a meaningless ceremony, how about asking him if he would like to see the U.S. under Islamic law?

Journalist should be asking one important question. The question is simple:

"Mr. Ellison. As a devout Muslim would you like to see the United States under Islamic law, and how would you reconcile that with your oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States?"

Of course this question will never be asked of Ellison, but if it was I will bet that you would not get a yes or no answer on that one.

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