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Question: Rep Wants to Use Quran for Swearing In

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Little did Minnesotans know last month that in electing the first Muslim to serve in Congress, they were setting up a test of Americans’ confidence in the First Amendment. U.S. Rep.-elect Keith Ellison became the center of controversy last week when bloggers and talk-radio personalities picked up on reports that he would use the Quran rather the Bible when he is sworn into office on Jan. 4. By the time Ellison’s office and that of House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi noted that members of Congress don’t necessarily lay their hands on any book during their swearing in, gale-force animosity was blowing across the land — Doug Floyd/Spokesman-Review.

Question: Should Minnesota representative be allowed to put his hand on the Quran during his swearing-in ceremony?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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