Friday, December 22, 2006
The Ugly Face of Right Wing Intolerance
This ignorant son of a bitch is Virgil Goode, Republican congressman from the great state of Virginia.
This unrepentant bigot in the best Southern tradition wrote a letter to his constituents earlier this month expressing his fury that Minnesota Democratic Representative, Keith Ellison, intends to be sworn in on the Koran when he becomes the first Muslim congressman in American history.
Goode told Fox News he wants to limit legal immigration and end "diversity visas," which he said let in people "not from European countries" and from "some terrorist states."
In his letter, Goode warned that if Americans "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."
Ellison told CNN that he could trace his ancestors to Louisiana as far back as 1742. "I'm about as American as they come," said Ellison, who converted to Islam in college.
Radio host Dennis Prager, who has said Ellison should quit if he can't be sworn in with a Bible, was criticized Thursday by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
Prager is on the museum board, and critics sought his ouster. The board executive committee didn't go that far but called Prager's view "antithetical to the mission of the museum as an institution promoting tolerance and respect for all peoples regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity."
Take a good look at the ugly face of today's Republicans, the good old boys of the Deep South. Then take a look at our own radical right-wing and ask yourself if they're all that much better.