December 27, 2006
Right Hand on an Archie
The first Muslim elected to Congress, Congressman Keith Ellison, a man who converted to Islam in college, plans on swearing in to office on the Koran, the holy book of Islam. This to the outrage of many people who claim that confirming the divinity of the Bible is necessary for governmental appointment. The problem is that there is no law saying that an oath needs to be made on anything other than the man's word. So, instead of just saying "Any book will do," how about saying "Your word is all we ask for". After all, swearing on the Bible sure hasn't made for any less corrupt of a government, now has it? An often contributor to this site, Jeff Philips, brings up an interesting viewpoint that I wanted to mention.
"If the scientologists manage to elect 1 Congressman, so be it. Let him swear in on that Dianetics book. If a Nazi fascist somehow wins election and wants to swear in on Mein Kampf, let 'em! Watch as the outrage pours in, watch him become absolutely isolated by his fellow memeber, and watch, most importantly, as the level-minded Americans in his/her distrcit oust them the next time around."
That is indeed an interesting point. And for the Bible bangers that think this is the worst thing to happen since they banned the word Christmas from Target's greeting cards, read this.
36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
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