Friday, December 22, 2006

No Goode?

Today is Thursday, 21 December 2006.

“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.”

Thus saith Representative Virgil H. Goode Jr. (Republican, Virginia).

Mr. Good-e’s real problem is that a newly elected Representative, Mr. Keith Ellison, elected by the people of Minnesota (a state which did not commit treason in 1861, which Virginia did), will have a faux swearing-in on the Quran.

It’s a tangled web here.

Recently, a reactionary talk-radio demagogue, Dennis Prager, “broke” the news of the Quran incident. “Ellison’s doing so will embolden Islamic extremeists and make new ones, as Islamists, rightly or wrongly, see the first sign of the realization of their greatest goal --- the Islamicization of America”.

(One “Christian” site broke this news, breathlessly reporting, “… Prager, a Jew, said …”)

Reality.

When a new Congress is sworn-in, the Members face the chair, raise their right hands, and swear an oath of fealty to the Constitution. No book, “religious” or otherwise, is involved.

Many Members choose to play act a swearing-in ceremony, in which they traditionally place their hand on a “Bible”. Of course, it’s a photo op.

Such is Mr. Goode’s plan.

But wait, there’s more.

That book, the “Bible”, well, Mr. Goode claims to be a “Christian”, and that book is one Jesus wouldn’t have known. In the time of Jesus, there was only the so-called “Old Testament”.

BOTTOM LINE.

HH has a problem with both Mr. Ellison and Mr. Goode.

Doing a photo op with any kind of “book of faith”, seems to me, is exploitative, just a gig for personal profit. An attitude of degrading the faith one claims to hold.

Don’t parade faith, philosophy, or any other damn thing for personal gain.

Live what you believe, quietly, in works of kindness and mercy, and whenever possible flee the limelight for doing Good.

1 Comments:

Anonymous N.E.T said...

HH - Well said!

10:05 AM  

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