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A national disgrace.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Here are five reasons why Rep. Virgil Goode of Virginia should be certified as too dumb to deserve re-election:

No. 1 - He wrote this in a letter to his constituents: "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."

No. 2 - Right after he wrote the above, he said this: "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." (Our italics, pathetic irony intended.)

No. 3 - After it was clear that he had stepped in it up to his eyeballs, and with mortified fellow Republicans praying he would apologize, Goode said this: "I do not apologize and I do not retract my letter. The letter stands for itself and I support the letter."

No. 4 - Rep.-elect Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the inspiration for Goode's Muslim-bashing, anti-immigrant rant, is not an immigrant. He was born in Detroit, converted to Islam in college and is the first Muslim elected to Congress. He asked to use the Quran during a ceremonial swearing in ceremony. Religious texts aren't used for the official swearing in. Members simply raise their right hands and recite an oath.

No. 5 - Goode's dim-witted position is unconstitutional. Article VI of the Constitution states "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."

Any questions, Virginians?
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Title Annotation:Editorials; Virgil Goode's racist rant embarrasses Congress
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Dec 24, 2006
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