At his photo-op swearing in, Rep. Keith Ellison will use a copy of the Koran once owned by Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson’s copy is an English translation by George Sale published in the 1750s; it survived the 1851 fire that destroyed most of Jefferson’s collection and has his customary initialing on the pages. This isn’t the first historic book used for swearing-in ceremonies — the Library has allowed VIPs to use rare Bibles for inaugurations and other special occasions.

Ellison will take the official oath of office along with the other incoming members in the House chamber, then use the Koran in his individual, ceremonial oath with new Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “Keith is paying respect not only to the founding fathers’ belief in religious freedom but the Constitution itself,” said Ellison spokesman Rick Jauert.

8 thoughts on “Sweet

  1. Wow, that is sweet. I saw the Jefferson connection diaried over on dKos. Way to stand up to that Christobigot Goode.

  2. ChristoFascist Goode gits one in the goolies here. I look forward to his attack on Mr. Jefferson for bein’ a IslamoFascist.

    Yeah, that’ll work.


  3. Ol T. J. strikes again. He always was a troublemaker.

    He’s also an icon, and if they make a fuss about him, it shines a bit of light on exactly how Christian the Founding Fathers were…

    As my son would say: OWNAGE!

  4. When are we going to realize that the media fed hullaballoo focusing us on tripe is merely a clever and effective device to take our attention off the stuff that is affecting our very well-being as a nation and as a people.

  5. Nah, “OWNAGE”, when written on one of the Internets, is spelled “PWN3D!!!1!!11!”

    Don’t ask why, it just is. And it do seem apt in this circustance.


  6. I need to see if I can find a Jeffersonian bible. You know, the one with nothing but Jesus’ words in it. The one Christians should be paying the most attention to but aren’t.

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