But it’s TJ’s Koran!
The latest in the flap over Representative Virgil Goode's controversial remarks about the Koran is that Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, has obtained a Koran owned by Thomas Jefferson for his swearing-in tomorrow, according to the Washington Post's "Reliable Source" Column.
Goode, who represents Charlottesville and parts south of here in the Fifth Congressional District, enraged many in late December by blasting the idea of taking an oath of office on the Koran and seemed to be disparaging Muslim immigration in general. Yet the holy book that Ellison, elected by Minnesota voters in November, is borrowing from the Library of Congress for his January 4 ceremony has, as the Post puts it, "an unassailably all-American provenance."
This copy of the Koran was once part of Jefferson's personal collection– "a savvy bit of political symbolism," says the Post. Alas, no comment from Goode, who hasn't withdrawn or apologized for his remarks, which were delivered in a letter to a constituent.