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Tue., Dec. 5, 2006, 9:51 a.m.

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 started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.