[Photo of Virgil Goode]
The good news yesterday, according to People for the American Way, is that Virginia's Repugnican Congressman, Virgil Goode, was defeated by Democrat Tom Perriello.
Goode is the clown who made a name of himself by attacking Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim to be elected to Congress. You may recall that Ellison chose to be sworn in on the Quran rather than the Bible, which makes sense except to the wingnuts on the right.
Goode also sponsored bills to build the border fence between the U.S. and Mexico and to amend the Constitution so children of illegal immigrants could not become citizens. In a letter to constituents, Goode tied his anti-Muslim feelings and anti-immigrant stance together.
The letter, sent to a Mr. Cruickshank, said in part:
"When I raise my hand to take the oath on Swearing In Day, I will have the Bible in my other hand. I do not subscribe to using the Koran in any way. 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 ...
"The Ten Commandments and 'In God We Trust' are on the wall in my office. A Muslim student came by the office and asked why I did not have anything on my wall about the Koran. My response was clear, 'As long as I have the honor of representing the citizens of the 5th District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives, The Koran is not going to be on the wall of my office.' ... "
Here is another example of a Repugnican who knows not our Constitution and seems to be under the delusion that the United States is a country only for people who share his religious sympathies. Thus, all Muslims are bad.
Do you believe a Muslim student asked him about the lack of a Koran comment on his wall?
Goode has been worried for years that our immigration policies are allowing Muslims to infiltrate our country and they "want to mold the United States into the image of their religion, rather than working within the Judeo-Christian principles that have made us a beacon for freedom-loving persons around the world."
I wonder if he could define "Judeo-Christian principles"?
Goode has also aligned himself with nutcases like Jerome Corsi and Phyllis Schlafly and the John Birch Society.
It is very good that Goode is gone! One less nutcase in Congress helps!