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.