When newly-elected Detroit Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is sworn in to Congress on Thursday she will be using Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Koran.
And conservative Christians are already howling with rage.
USA Today reports:
When Rashida Tlaib stands on Thursday for her ceremonial swearing-in as the first Palestinian-American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, it will be with her hand on a copy of the Koran…
It won’t be just any Koran: She will use Thomas Jefferson’s personal copy of George Sale’s 1734 translation of the Koran into English, a two-volume work that resides in the Library of Congress.
The Hill reports:
Tlaib will join incoming freshman Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) as Congress’s first two elected Muslim congresswomen. Tlaib also will make history as the lower chamber’s first Palestinian-American congresswoman.
Commenting on her choice, Tlaib told the Detroit Free Press:
It’s important to me because a lot of Americans have this kind of feeling that Islam is somehow foreign to American history. Muslims were there at the beginning … Some of our Founding Fathers knew more about Islam than some members of Congress now.
However, as one might expect, many conservative Christians are angry about Tlaib’s choice. Expressing the sentiment of many Trump-loving conservative Christians, conservative pastor and radio commentator E.W. Jackson has already expressed his horror and rage that a Muslim woman will be serving in congress.
Previously Jackson declared:
The floor of Congress is now going to look like an Islamic republic. We are a Judeo-Christian country. We are a nation rooted and grounded in Christianity and that’s that. And anybody that doesn’t like that, go live somewhere else. It’s very simple. Just go live somewhere else. Don’t try to change our country into some sort of Islamic republic or try to base our country on Sharia law.
On Twitter, the reaction from Trump-loving conservative Christians was about what one would expect – mean, ignorant, and fearful:
This is a Christian Nation not muslim! GODS HOLY BIBLE should be the only book used! EVER! https://t.co/PICD7lwKO4
— BeckyS52������ (@BeckyStroud50) January 3, 2019
WHY was Ilhan Omar of Minnesota & Rashida Tlaib of Michigan ALLOWED to wear hijabs, be sworn in on the Koran? America is CHRISTIAN foundation! WHY ALLOW Tlaib wear a Palestinian robe to show she is firmly in the anti-Israel camp? This is a slap in face of Christian’s & America!
— Lisa (@Lisa10xxx) January 3, 2019
@RashidaTlaib I’ve read in the Koran how it is ok 2 kill what u call infidels. I think it is time Christians stand up & NOT turn the other cheek & fight. Socialism is the root of Communism. Your God isn’t the God who created the heavens and the earth. U r the infidel.
— Cynthia Arthur (@CynthiaArthur1) November 7, 2018
There should be a law that you swear on a Christian Bible or not serve at all. You live in America, and our Constitution rules our Republic. Giving security clearances to non believers of our Republic lowers our Security from hostile nations!!
— Fed Up AMERICAN (@FedUpAMERICAN14) January 3, 2019
It’s the book of Satan and should not be allowed in the United States they all should be gathered up and burned
— R Roebuck (@RDRoebuck2) January 3, 2019
(Note: Of course it would be best if religious superstition was a thing of the past, and that the Bible and the Koran were both recognized as false and dangerous propaganda used for centuries to destroy life and hinder human progress. But that day is not here, at least not yet.)
Bottom line: Trump-loving conservative Christian heads explode as newly-elected Detroit Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is sworn in to Congress using Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Koran.