Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Keith Ellison Is Amazing!

This man has shown so much class and dignity in the face of the shrieking harpies of the right-wing nutjobosphere, I can't think of anything more he could do to make me respect him more.

Well, he did just that.

About a month ago, he contacted the Library of Congress's rare books and special collections division about using Thomas Jefferson's personal copy of an English translation of the Qu'ran, published in London in 1764, a later printing of the original 1734 run.

Mark Dimunation, chief of the rare book and special collections division at the library, will hand carry the two volume set over for the ceremonial swearing-in for the new Congressman from Minnesota, then return it to the collection after the ceremony.

Invoking one of the founding father's of this country's tolerance and curiosity for diversity in religion is pure genius.


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