Friday, December 22, 2006

Emanuel to Bush: Denounce Goode

Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) called on President Bush today to denounce a Virginia congressman who criticized a newly elected Muslim Democrat for wanting to bring the Koran to his swearing-in.

Rep. Virgil Goode, a Republican, set off a firestorm when he sent a letter to constituents lamenting the fact that Rep.-elect Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), scheduled to be the first Muslim congressman, would bring the Muslim holy book, and not the Bible, to ta private swearing-in ceremony.

Goode also said that immigration laws should be tightened to prevent more Muslims from coming to America and being elected to Congress. He refused to apologize.

Emanuel, who gave strong support to Ellison as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the mid-term elections, criticized Goode at a Chicago press conference on Thursday. He upped the ante today by calling for Bush to step in.


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