"When I raise my hand to take the oath on Swearing In Day, I will have the Bible in my other hand. I do not subscribe to using the Quran in any way.
"The Muslim representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that district and 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 and demanding the use of the Quran.
"We need to stop illegal immigration totally and reduce legal immigration and end the diversity visas policy pushed hard by President Clinton and allowing many persons from the Middle East to come to this country.
"I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States if we do not adopt the strict immigration policies that I believe are necessary to preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of America and to prevent our resources from being swamped."
"The Ten Commandments and 'In God We Trust' are on the wall in my office. A Muslim student came by the office and asked why I did not have anything on my wall about the Quran.
"My response was clear, 'As long as I have the honor of representing the citizens of the 5th District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives, the Quran is not going to be on the wall of my office.' "
Goode's anti-Islamic and anti-immigrant views are nothing of which the GOP should have any part. It is imperative that party leaders immediately step forward and denounce Goode's views. They should also join Democrats in Congress in seeking a reprimand of Goode--for personally attacking and showing intolerance of Ellison's exercise of his religious freedom--by the full House of Representatives as soon as the new members are sworn into office in January. Goode's total lack of understanding of what the U.S. Constitution says about religious freedom is an embarrassment to all Americans.