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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Worldnet Daily Gets Comment from Whitehouse on Ellison and the Qur'an


On another issue that also involves Congress, Snow was asked whether there was a White House opinion on a plan by Congressman-elect Keith Ellison of Minnesota to be sworn into office with the Quran.

"Does the president support this request, because he believes the Quran teaches nothing contrary to the freedoms in our Constitution? And if so, would he support the Book of Mormon being used to swear in LDS members of Congress if they ever ask for that?" Snow was asked.

"That is an issue that the president does not need to adjudicate, and therefore, will not," Snow said.

Missouri Congressman-elect Emanuel Cleaver II noted the U.S. Constitution sets out the requirement for an oath or affirmation to support the Constitution, but also notes that no religious test ever shall be required. The use of the Bible during swearing-in ceremonies is traditional.

"I do not believe that the law or rules should be changed to require one official holy book for use in administering our oath of office," he told a constituent.

"As a Member of Congress and as an ordained minister, I believe America's founders erected a wall between church and state – not to keep religion or faith out of public discourse – but instead, to keep the government out of an individual's faith and out of churches or other places of worship. I recall that our founders prohibited any religious test to qualify for public office and our Constitution already protects public prayer and other public observances of an individual's religious expressions. Imposing one holy book for the administration of a federal oath of office will diminish the religious liberties of all Americans, including my colleagues in Congress who do not share my Christian faith but may be Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist or some other belief," he said.

I bet Tony Snow hates taking questions from the Worldnet Daily reporter.