It is always fascinating to me how people at times choose to misinterpret, overlook, trivialize, and otherwise adjust information to suit their purposes.Â My previous post about Keith Ellison being elected to Congress and choosing to use a Koran that had belonged to Thomas Jefferson was the object of such an “adventure in elaboration, accusationÂ and exaggeration.”Â The purpose of this post is to state some of my beliefs as clearly as possible.
1.Â Our enemies in this war on terror ARE Muslims.Â However, at no time have I EVER said, written or indicated in any wayÂ that ALL Muslims are our enemies.
2.Â I believe that Islam, as practiced by many in the world today, is a religion to be feared.Â The Islamic extremists’ interpretation of the Koran is that ANYONE who isn’t a Muslim is to be killed.Â That is the ultimate intolerance for religious beliefs.
3.Â Our soldiers are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan FOR the peaceful people (mostly Muslims) who live there to determine their own way of life.Â Our soldiers are dying daily FOR Muslims.
4.Â There are American soldiers who are Muslims who are right there fighting alongside the Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Atheists and Hindus.Â I admire and respect and honor our service personnel.
5.Â I stated in the previously mentioned post that Ellison was brilliant to use a Koran that belonged to Thomas Jefferson for his swearing in.Â I believe it made him more palatable to people who opposed his election.
6.Â Considering the wars and death and destruction going on in the world today that have been the direct result of MUSLIM extremism based on the Koran, I personally find it repulsive for a member of Congress to be sworn in on the Koran.
7.Â However, NOWHERE and at NO TIME have I EVER written or said that Ellison did not have the right to be elected as a representative from his state.
8.Â NOWHERE and at NO TIME have I EVER written or said that Ellison did not have the right to make his oath of office with his hand on the Koran.
9.Â NOWHERE and at NO TIME have I EVER said that there should be any kind of “religious test” or “religious qualification” for someone to be elected to office or to serve in office or that anyone should be FORCED to be sworn-in using a Bible.
10.Â In my blog I express MY opinions about whatever is going on in the world.Â I personally find it disgusting that a representative of the most violent and intolerant religion I’ve ever known was elected to Congress.Â Again, my personal opinion has nothing to do with his RIGHT to be elected, and I would never do anything to change the rights of the people of Minnesota to elect whomever they wish.
11.Â I personally find it disgusting that a member of Congress was sworn in using a Koran.Â Again, my personal opinion has nothing to do with Ellison’s RIGHT to be sworn in using a Koran, and I would never do anything to change the rights of elected officials to be sworn in using their “holy book” – whether it is the Bible, Koran, Torah – whatever – or no book at all.
12.Â When I wrote the previous post, I put the word “enemy” in quotation marks to indicate that it wasn’t a blanket statement.Â It was used in the context of the rest of that particular paragraph.
13.Â NOWHERE and at NO TIME have I EVER written or said anything to indicate that I want to restrict anyone’s expression of religious beliefs, and I would never do anything that would result in that.
14.Â Neither the left nor the right has a monopoly on patriotism or on good intentions.Â People interpret current events based on their belief systems and their own experience.Â
15.Â I admire George W. Bush immensely.Â He has served as our President amidstÂ overwhelming andÂ concerted partisan attacks.Â Of course he has made some mistakes, but overall I believe he is a strong American president who has taken the high road in virtually every decision, and I strongly believe that history will prove him to be one of our greatest presidents.
16.Â I have deeply held beliefs in the areas of religion, politics, ethics, relationships, and family.Â Â This blog reflects those beliefs.Â
17.Â Personal attacks are hurtful and destructive.Â
I’ve read a lot about verbal abuse the past ten or so years.Â It’s a phenomenon that is more prevalent than most people realize.Â An excellent article on verbal abuseÂ can be found here.Â
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