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Video: Reps. Goode, Hunter defend anti-Quran note; Ellison responds

Published: Friday December 22, 2006
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At a press conference yesterday, Rep. Virgil Goode defended a letter he wrote criticizing a newly elected Muslim congressman, "I do not apologize and I do not retract my letter. The letter stands for itself and I support the letter."

In that letter, written to Rep. Goode's constituents, the lawmaker wrote, that, "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 demanding the use of the Koran."

Keith Ellison has been newly elected to Congress and plans to use the Koran during his personal swearing in ceremony.

In an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Rep. Duncan Hunter defended Goode's position on the holy book of Islam. Hunter said, "Since the days of George Washington, the common bond between the people of the United States, when the Supreme Court Justice holds that Bible out for the President or the Speaker of the House in a official ceremony -- or anybody right down through our townships and our states holds out a Bible -- that Bible is a common bond of commitment and faith. Not only for the person receieving the office, who's dedicating himself, but for the people of the United States. [The Bible] has been the common bond since our country started."

Representative-elect Ellison himself responded to Goode's comments by saying, "There's really nothing to fear. And that all of us [Muslims] are steadfastly opposed to the same people he's opposed to, which is the terrorists. So, there's nothing for him to be afraid of."