The Qur'an (Koran) in Congress?

United States
January 20, 2007 10:35am CST
"Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, will use a Koran once owned by Thomas Jefferson, during his ceremonial swearing-in" How does everyone feel about using the Qur'an for swearing in a public official? Should they use the Bible as everyone else? Or should we allow an exception here so that there isn't an oppression of religion? Follow tradition, or the Constitution? An AOL survey has the results right around 50/50.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
Honestly speaking, I am a very tolerant person. But I think this country has lost sight of a major element that was set in place to protect and maintain the running of this country, and that is the "separation of church and state." Remember that one, from way back in school? I don't know why anyone has to swear on anything, honestly, but if it is necessary, why not let it be what that person believes in? Doesn't mean that they won't have to abide by the laws of this country. Doesn't mean we're all doomed and the Bible will be destroyed. What, oh what happened to the days where people could come to this country to escape persecution and be free to worship as they wished? What happened to the theory of the "melting pot," or was it only a theory? And why do some leaders of this country HAVE to force everyone else to do as they do and believe as they believe? He will not tear down the structure of our country simply by swearing on the guiding religious force of his life (it may actually make him more privy to upholding his own honor, you never know). If it is law that officials be sworn in using the Bible (and if that's a law, it should seriously be revised), then so be it, for now. But if nothing else, he should DEFINITELY be allowed a private ceremony with the use of the Qur'an. I guarantee you that allowing him this freedom, which should be his anyway, will make being a part of our Congress mean a great deal more to him, and in turn, he may end up being a better official for all of us!
• United States
20 Jan 07
A person on another post really made it simple for me: They are swearing on a religious text to uphold the laws of this country. They are not swearing on the religious text to uphold the laws of their religion. Many people are angry about this but with this simple breakdown I think they can all chill out. Its better to have a diverse congress-its suppose to represent our population.
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• United States
21 Jan 07
I am unhappy about it, but only because of who it is. Keith Ellison is close to the Center for American Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR is a sketchy program and I believe some leaders have been arrested on terrorism charges. They support terrorist groups and are two faced about their radicalism. THey also play to the media and try to censor critiques of Islam by abusing political correctness. http://www.americansagainsthate.org/cw/