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Not so Goode

A late nominee for publicansdecoy‘s “Arsehole of the Year” competition (and calling someone that is vastly different from calling them “vermin“): Republican Congressman Virgil H. Goode Jr. of Virginia, who has attacked an incoming Muslim congressman for deciding to use the Koran for his swearing-in ceremony.

In a recent letter to constituents, Goode, a five-term congressman from Rocky Mount, wrote that he does “not subscribe to using the Koran in any way” and added: “The Muslim Representative from Minnesota [Keith Ellison] was elected by the voters of that district and if American citizens don’t wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration, there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran.”
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When members of Congress are sworn in, they simply raise their right hand. In a ceremony afterward, they may take the oath of office on a Christian Bible, another religious book or no book at all.

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