Thursday, December 07, 2006

A Religious Test?

Last week, Rep. Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota, who is the first Muslim ever elected to the US Congress, has asked that for his swearing in, he be allowed to swap the Bible out for the Koran, as the book he makes his oath on. As you can imagine, conservatives across the country have exploded in fury over his request. Citing their belief that America is a Christian nation, one religious leader went so far as to say that doing such a thing would "undermine Christian civilization." Such an argument sounds familiar for many LGBT folk.

And yet all these conservative zealots forget that America is a nation free of religious tests and a melting pot for many religions. The idea of this melting pot imagery gets lost when one person or ideology thinks everyone needs to share it. Instead, we are bunch of "we's" and not a bunch of "I's".

So, I had planned on writing something about this but instead found two others who wrote very good retaliatory posts. You can find them by going here and by going here.

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