Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib asked to be sworn into the House of Representatives using a Koran once owned by Thomas Jefferson in lieu of a Bible and the proverbial s*it hit the fan. To add a comic spin to the proceeding, none other than evangelical wingnut Vice President Mike Pence conducted the swearing in where this (undoubtedly to his mind) heretical request was made.

These people don’t have a long memory, apparently. Twelve years ago, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) used the same Koran for his swearing in ceremony as Congress’ first Muslim member.  People were freaking out then as well, arguing that only the Bible was suitable. People also don’t seem to remember that virtually every ethnic group immigrating to the United States has been the victim of prejudice at one time or other, Jews, Italians, Poles, you name it. My ancestors used to see signs in the windows “No Irish Need Apply.”

We live in interesting times, to say the very least.

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    • The founding fathers were very wise. Benjamin Franklin wanted to abolish slavery and when he couldn’t he said that that would be the death of the Union. He was right about that, and we are still feeling the effects to this day.


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