Another Idiot in Congress

Are you kidding me Rep. Virgil Goode… This guy, proud congressman and all, has got to have his head examined. Theres something to be said about belief systems, American pride and for standing up to make a difference, but as an elected official you represent the people, and you cannot portray the animosity and the hatred that came out of his letter, written in response to the swearing in of Rep. Keith Ellison on the Quran… instead of the bible.

Whether you are muslim, christian, jewish, american, arab or none of the above, there are many things wrong with what Goode is proposing. Apparently he has dreamed up an immigration reform, that scales back the immigration policies put in by Bill Clinton 10 years ago. It is not quite clear how his immigration reforms will prevent a targeted (Middle Eastern Mulsims) community from entering the United States.

“We need to reduce legal immigration and end the diversity visas policy pushed hard by President Clinton and allowing many persons from the Middle East to come to this country. 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”

Im not sure that there is a threat to American values by ‘muslim’ immigrants. I think Goode provides more of a threat to a diverse, educated, skilled and together America. Im pretty sure he is going to try and spin the debate towards illegal immigration, but its not really about that…

Now dont get me wrong, a lot of states can make the case for what he is trying to say, there are people in the country who would make the flag bearing, card carrying members of the community revolt at sharing their society structure with. (Let the record state that a muslim woman should NOT be allowed to wear a veil on her driver licence as it is a clear breach of the system that drives the nation). But that doesn’t mean you promote intolerance the way that this move screams. So big deal if a guy wanted to get sworn in by the Quran. He’s not holding people captive and having them eat the pages of the bible is he?

What’s disturbing is that it does not stop there. The next person if is intolerant about african american people… should they be abolished? How about the latin American community, shall we make laws to push them further south of the border.

It makes it worse at a time when relationships between religions and cultures are already on shaky ground to push things where they do not need to go. Acceptance is a much humbler policy. And refusing to apologize for it will only make matters worse. Either way, a new phrase has been coined … what the media is referring to as an ‘Islamophobe’.

Contempt is a vice that is bred far too often in this day and age, and im sure, we like to believe America is a free and liberal country, which is why I can assure you, as history has proven, that the side standing by Goode’s principle is just as strong and vocal, as the ones opposing it. THAT is what America stands for. Not the disappointing bigotry displayed here by Virgil Goode.



~ by The Opinionated One on December 20, 2006.

One Response to “Another Idiot in Congress”

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