2007/01/04 - A Very Fine Day
And thank God (and Buddha, Allah, the Flying Spag Monster, et al) that Ellison stood his ground and insisted upon using a Koran (Thomas Jefferson's very own Koran at that) for his swearing in. If not a single word is said about Jews using the Old Testament for their swearing in ceremonies, then all the Religious Fright wingnuts had better STFU.
I'm not a big Pelosi fan either, but I believe she can do a pretty decent job. I can think of about a hundred other people I WOULDN'T want to see as House Speaker... !
Julien, it was a tremendous day. Let's hope the next week proves to be as full.
As for Ellison swearing in on the Koran, it amuses me in so far as it rankles bigots like Goode and has the evangelicals in a tizzy. But I think it's inappropriate to involve religious trappings of any type in a ceremony marking the assumption of office in a so-called secular government. The less godbaggery in government, the better, I say.
John, you mean like Specter's constantly talking about oversight and then never doing anything?
Me4Prez... It's also the quality of the book-binding back then. I have a reprint of the first English translation of the Koran from 1890, and it's in excellent shape.
Fred...ugh! This is now a contest? :-)
Sumo, me too, and Betty...if swearing one's holy book has meaning for a particular person, they should absolutely do it. Though, it should always be the right book. In this case it certainly was.
Tom, you are a more forgiving and hopeful sort than I, but that's good. We need people with a positive attitude to balance out the cranks like me! ;=)
You mean like the inquisition?
May I live long enough to see a woman become president.
I agree if it's a personal occasion, but not for a ceremony marking ascension to office in the US government. In that setting, the use of a Koran is as offensive to me as the use of a bible. Guess I'm one of those militant atheists who have been so much in the news of late. :^)
Yow TPM! And people call me a cynic. ;-)
James, Goode could swear on Mein Kampf for all I care. The man is unfit to serve.
Betty...couldn't disagree more (course I'm an agnostic to I guess that makes me contrary). If I'm going to have someone swear or affirm to uphold the Constitution, then I want to put the maximum psychological pressure on them to follow through. If that means using their holy book? So be it, but...it's got to be the right book.
Msliberty, me too. For years, I hoped that it would be Ann Richards, but now it's not to be.
Using religious texts just proves they'll believe anything they feel like or have always believed, without reliance on reason nor contrary evidence.
Everyone's got their pros and cons, don't ya know.