An Embarassment From My Congressional District

Look like  Congressman Virgil Goode – who unfortunately happens to be my representative – has decided to make a complete ass out of himself.  Earlier this month he issued a statement to his constituents in reaction to the decision of Congressman-Elect Keith Ellison to take his oath of office on the Koran.  Here is just part of his statement:

The Muslim representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that
district and 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 Koran.

I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United
States if we do not adopt the strict immigration policies that I believe are
necessary to preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of
America and to prevent our resources from being swamped.

It actually gets much worse, but unfortunately I can’t find the full text.  Given that we’ve been living with the politics of fear for the last six years I guess we should not be surprised by someone taking it to the next level.  The problem is that this guy is one of our highest elected public officials.  I can’t think of a more irresponsible thing to say.  What the hell does immigration have to do with Islam?  As someone from Goode’s district I am absolutely embarassed and I call on him to apologize.  He does not speak for the thousands of decent people that live in central Virginia.  This guy is a real national security risk.

This is one of those moments where it is essential for good people to stand up

4 comments… add one

  • Will Keene Dec 21, 2006

    How does your wacky congressman connect immigration with Congressman Ellison who was born in Michigan? And aren’t most illegal immigrants Catholic? Bizzare, but not really that suprising considering the source.

  • Charles Bowery Dec 22, 2006

    Wow. I continue to be amazed and disturbed by the political leadership of my native State. At least you all had the good sense to get rid of “Macaca” Allen. On a larger level, the sheer pettiness and incompetence of our Congress is a national embarrassment. Who was it that said that we get the government we deserve?

    Merry Christmas anyway!
    Charles

  • Ed Darrell Dec 23, 2006

    Here’s a link to what purports to be a full text of the letter from Rep. Goode — I note that it’s not up at his official House website: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1221061goode1.html

  • Marianne Davis Jun 14, 2010

    How appropriate that you bring this up on this blog, Kevin, as this whole brouhaha arose out of the Civil War, with the Test Oath. The Constitution stipulates only the Presidential Oath. People should be reminded, also that the actual oath is taken without a Bible, or Koran, or NFL stats book. According to the websites of the Senate and House, members must take a general loyalty oath before conducting official business. The House oath is administered en masse. It is at an optional follow-up photo op that the books come out.

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