Ellison and his Qur'an
In Congress, newly elected representatives do not put their left hands on any book. They raise their right hands, and are sworn in together as the speaker of the House administers the oath of office. Some do carry a book, according to House historians, and some choose to photograph a private swearing-in afterward with their hand on the Bible. One senator is known to have carried an expanded Bible that included the Book of Mormon. -- from this news item
Even if Ellison is not sworn in with a Qur'an, his insistence on carrying it about is all the excuse one needs -- if one is needed at all -- to use this as the point of departure for discussion of what is in the Qur'an, and what Ellison makes of those passages in it about Infidels.
Let a hundred articles be written about what is in the Qur'an, using the Ellison story as the justification and reason. Anything to get those contents out. And don't stop there. Go into the Hadith, and what they tell us about Muhammad's attitudes toward Infidels. And don't stop there: inform everyone about the role of Muhammad as the Perfect Man, always and everywhere to be emulated, uswa hasana, al-insan al-kamil, and then, once you have made that point, tell your readers and listeners all about the Banu Qurayza, the Khaybar Oasis, Asma bint Marwan and Abu Akaf, little Aisha, the Treaty of Al-Hudaibiyya, "war is deception" and all the rest of it -- all the stuff that Karen Armstrong, for some reason, forgot to include in her hagiographical fantasy.
The excuse exists. Take full advantage.
Posted on 12/07/2006 12:46 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald