Congressman elect Ellison (D – Mn.) has already made a big splash. He is a thougthful dynamic Congressman. He has been on my show which says something about him (i’m not sure what but something). He is a religious Black man. He is a muslim. For some reason, folks seem to have a problem with him being a Muslim. Congressman Goode (R – Va) clearly has some problems.
The formal ceremony for being sworn into Congress requires that you pledge an oath to uphold the constitution of the United States. There is no religious book involved. Keith Ellison has elected to hold another ceremony for family, friends and supporters. Many congressman do this. In this ceremony he will have his hand on the Koran. I’m not sure why this is a big deal for anyone. Congressman Goode thinks it is a big deal. I guess racism comes in all forms and flavors.