"Keith Ellison became the first Muslim congressman in US history on Thursday, taking the oath of office on a Koran that belonged to one of America's most revered founding fathers. "
"Ellison's decision to use the Koran was criticized by a handful of conservatives, who believe the Bible should be used for the oath."
"Using the edition owned by Thomas Jefferson was aimed at symbolizing the freedom of religion that was strongly advocated by the nation's third president (1801-09) and author of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, Ellison has said. "
First I have to say that I'm actually pretty happy about this and being totally optimistic. I hope that he can show people that not all Muslims are terrorists in disguise. Not that everyone thinks that but you know that there are some that do.
I completely disagree with the idiots that thought he should use the Bible for his oath. The Bible doesn't MEAN anything to him, so what good would that have done? Better that he used the Koran, something that means something to him.
And I have to say I think it's pretty cool that Thomas Jefferson owned an edition of the Koran and that he was able to use it for his oath. Hows that for reminding everyone that this country was founded on religious freedom?