Bible or Koran?? I could care less!!

Last month, America elected it’s first Muslim Congressman. Keith Ellison, an American Muslim was elected by the people of Minnesota to be a Democratic Representative from that state in Congress. Although I would rather that seat (and all others in Congress) be held by a Republican, this is a huge statement by the American people. We elected a Muslim, even though we are currently at war with Radical Islam. Do you think we could have elected a German during WWI or a person from Japan during WWII? Do you think we could have elected a Russian during the 1980’s or an Iranian during the 1970’s? More than likely, no.

 However, I am not here to talk about how open minded American society is. I am here to talk about a small controversy that has arisen surrounding the upcomming inauguration of Congressman-elect Ellison. While most elected Representatives, Senators, Judges, and Presidents are sworn with a hand on the Bible, Mr. Ellison has requested he be sworn in on the Koran, the Islamic religious book. Many people complained, but I see these complaints as pointless. I have no problem with a Muslim Congressman, and I have no problems with his choice to be sworn in using the holy book of his faith. Firstly, Americans need to realize that the Koran and the Bible refer to the same God, and both mention some of the same people, including Mary, mother of Jesus. Secondly, there are many more important issues to contend with.

Now, I’m a Christian. I beleive in one God and Jesus is the son of God. I beleive the bible, attend church, and pray. However, that doesn’t mean I think every elected person should use the Bible. If a Christian is elected, they are certainly welcome (I would encourage) to use the Bible to be sworn in. However, if a non-Christian is elected, I think they should use the religious (or otherwise) book of their choice. Here is another way to spin it: suppose we force all elected persons to  swear in on the Bible, even those who don’t beleive the Bible. Doesn’t that begin to cheapen or falsify the real purpose of using the Bible to be sworn in on?

If you want to use the Bible, use the Bible. If you want to use the Koran, use the Koran. I fyou want to use the Torah, use the Torah. In fact, I think all politicians should be required to be sworn in on not only the religious book of their choice, but also on a copy of the United States Constitution.

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4 responses to “Bible or Koran?? I could care less!!

  1. June Mcmillan Dunlap

    THIS IS NOT ONLY RIDICULOUS..IT’S LUDICROUS ! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST,OUR LORD AND SAVIOR.THE DAY AMERICA SWEARS A SENATOR INTO CONGRESS ON THE KORAN INSTEAD OF THE HOLY BIBLE..AS HAS BEEN DONE FOREVER…THIS COUNTRY HAS TRULY GONE TO HELL ! SINCE WHEN DO WE SIMPLY TAKE OVER AND BEGIN TO RUN A NEW COUNTRY ? WHY IS THAT OUR JOB MR.BUSH ? YOU ARE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STAES OF AMERICA !
    NOT IRAQ.WATCHING THE BODY BAGS RETURNED TO THE U.S. EVERY DAY,DRAPED IN AMREICAN FLAGS,SICKENS ME.IF WE SURVIVE UNTIL THE NEXT ELECTION,IT CAN’T BE SOON ENOUGH.

  2. June Mcmillan Dunlap

    It’s time for this country to stand together as a nation and say “not no but hell no,”

  3. Gabriel Kennedy

    Why do people of faith insist in mixing up religion with everything else? Politics are simply politics, Science is simply science; they each stand on their own without the need for a “superior” meaning or purpose. I agree that it seems more appropriate for politicians to be sworn in on the Consitution and not on other texts, religious or otherwise; I think it better represents the promise they make to “follow the law”, which is what we need them to do.

  4. Matt_A

    well, I ment that they should be sworn in on the Constitution AND the religious book of their choice.

    Now, about mixing religion and politics and science. As for politics and religion, well, most Americans beleive in God, so its impossible to write laws without taking into account morals and religion.

    As for science and religion, this is a big issue. The way I see it, science is increasingly trying to force people into hoosing one or the other, while trying to make science look like fact rather than study and guess, and its getting a backlash. If science would accept religion, religion would have a much smaller problem with science.

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