Rep. Virgil Goode’s appearance on Neil Cavuto’s show this afternoon was useless. I’ve received a good number of phone calls and e-mails from reporters, so it occurs to me that there would be value in spelling things out a little more specifically here, so that future interview opportunities are not squandered, like Cavuto’s was.
Here are the three elements of Rep. Goode’s letter attacking Rep. Keith Ellison on the basis of his religion. The first category, “Statements,” are the notable points in his letter. The second category, “Logically-Required Implications,” are those elements of his letter that are necessarily implied for the letter to be logical, but not directly stated. The third category, “Implications,” are those things implied by the letter but need not be true.
- Goode will be sworn in with the Bible
- Goode does not subscribe to using the Koran in any way
- If people don’t listen to Goode, more Muslims will be elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran
- Goode is frightened to think that there may be more people from the Middle East in the United States
- Goode will not put The Koran on the wall of his office
- Muslims are inferior to non-Muslims
- The Koran is inferior to the Bible
- Muslims should not be elected to office
- Elected officials should not be sworn in with any book other than the Bible
- Ellison is an immigrant
- Ellison is unfit to hold his office
- Muslims require more government resources than Christians
- Only Christians should be allowed to serve in public office
- Muslims should not be allowed in the United States
- Even Muslims who were born in the country, and whose families have been in the country for centuries, possess the same qualities that make immigrants unfit and thus:
- The problem with Muslims is their religion, not their nationality
- Ellison is inferior to Goode
- Christians are the ideal Americans
- It makes sense to mount books on walls
This leads me to the point of this blog entry, those questions that reporters should be asking Rep. Goode. I encourage reporters to print out this list and post it on their desk to remind yourselves that these are the questions that cut to the heart of the matter.
Questions for Rep. Goode
- Do you believe that Rep. Ellison is unqualified for office by virtue of being a Muslim?
- What specific traits of Rep. Ellison concern you, other than, broadly, his religion? Are there aspects of his religious beliefs that concern you?
- Which religious groups’ members are inferior to Christians for the purpose of holding public office? Jews? Buddhists? Hindus? Mormons? Scientologists? Sikhs? How about atheists?
- Should we ask immigrants if they’re Muslim and, if so, refuse to admit them to the country?
- What quality is it about Muslims that makes them inferior to Christians?
- Would you name three differences between Islam and Christianity?
- Have you read the Quran? Have even seen a copy of it in person?
- What is the difference between the Shiia and the Sunni?
I am not a reporter. I cannot get the answers to these questions. I cannot imagine that I’m a real popular guy around Rep. Goode’s office, so I do not intend to try. So I entrust you, Dear Reporter, to have at it.