Print Columns   |   Web Chats   |   Blog Archives   |  

Virgil Goode on Muslims, Again

Pull out a good old George Washington dollar bill. Are the words "In God We Trust" still there? Whew: Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode's nightmare has not yet come to pass. Yes, the man who brought us that classy warning against a new congressman taking the oath of office by swearing on a Koran is back with the news that radical Muslims "would love to see In God We Trust stricken from our money and replaced with In Muhammad We Trust."

Never mind that Muslims share monotheism with Jews and Christians, or that in Islam, Muhammad is a prophet who preaches that there is but one God.

During last week's debate in the House on the president's new Iraq strategy (now with extra American targets), Goode argued that radical Muslims will not stop until they see "the green flag of the crescent and star wave over the Congress of the United States."

The Republican (and former Democrat) from Rocky Mount used his three minutes on the House floor to express his hope that the surge of U.S. troops into Iraq will somehow lead one day to "a tolerance of divergent views and religions in Iraq." But Goode didn't seem terribly optimistic on that front. Despite his support for the president's plan, Goode said that the history of the region "does not bode well.... Perhaps one day Iraq may want to adopt something like the First Amendment," but probably not.

"I hope my fears...about chaos and calamity prove false," Goode said, because otherwise, "we could be faced with a climate to admit thousands and perhaps millions to our country." Yes, Goode managed to turn the question of how to wage the conflict in Iraq into a matter of curbing illegal immigration. Noting that the 9/11 terrorists "swam around in a sea of illegal immigration," Goode urged the administration to stand firm against the pressure that could result from our presence (and presumed failure) in Iraq for us to then admit countless fleeing Iraqis.

This is nothing new for Goode, who earlier last year explained his opposition to an increase in the minimum wage by arguing that paying low-wage workers another dollar or two an hour would "be a magnet for illegal aliens to come to this country."

By Marc Fisher |  February 20, 2007; 12:09 PM ET
Previous: XM and Sirius: Marrying the Only Available Partner | Next: The Conservative Case for D.C. Voting Rights

Comments

Please email us to report offensive comments.



Wouldn't it be nice if Rep Goode would take his own words wishing for "a tolerance of divergent views and religions" to heart and try to show some tolerance right here.

Posted by: From Elsewhere In Virginia, Thank Whomever | February 20, 2007 12:31 PM

Marc - Never mind what the purported Non-Radical Muslims have done in England and Spain. Never mind what Hezbollah did in Lebabnon. Never mind about 9/11. Never mind that more than half of American Muslinms believe Hezbollah are a charitable institution to be supported and the Iran is not aggressive. Never mind about the local NoVA Imam a few years ago preached for the destruction of the United States. Let us all just never mind.

Posted by: Baspartan | February 20, 2007 1:18 PM

So, Baspartan, should we blame all Lutherans for Nazism? That's the main religion in Germany. Or Buddhists for Pearl Harbor? Gimme a break.

Posted by: uvagooner | February 20, 2007 1:39 PM

Baspartan - So are you willing to take the blame for abortion-clinic bombings and radical evangelicals who picket gay funerals and say that New Orleans deserved Katrina? Was it your fault when Irish Catholics and Protestants bombed each other, oh so very recently, and some Christians in this country viewed Sinn Fein as a charitable institution to be supported? How about when Serbian Christians raped and murdered Serbian Muslims? Was that your fault, too, by association?
Oh? You aren't responsible for all Christian idiocy? Got news for you. The honest, decent, responsible Muslim Americans aren't responsible for the Muslim idiots, either.

Posted by: Katja | February 20, 2007 1:59 PM

Baspartan - So are you willing to take the blame for abortion-clinic bombings and radical evangelicals who picket gay funerals and say that New Orleans deserved Katrina? Was it your fault when Irish Catholics and Protestants bombed each other, oh so very recently, and some Christians in this country viewed Sinn Fein as a charitable institution to be supported? How about when Serbian Christians raped and murdered Serbian Muslims? Was that your fault, too, by association?
Oh? You aren't responsible for all Christian idiocy? Got news for you. The honest, decent, responsible Muslim Americans aren't responsible for the Muslim idiots, either.

Posted by: Katja | February 20, 2007 2:00 PM

So, our favorite trailer trash member of Congress managed to put his foot into his mouth again. Now that Virgil Goode has raised his profile so that everybody realizes what an ignorant hillbilly he is, We can look forward to regular installments of the "what stupid thing did Virgil say today?" game. Of course, politicians subject to such ridicule usually have short careers. Something tells me that Virgil's constituents will have had enough of being embarrassed by November 2008 to get rid of him.

Posted by: John | February 20, 2007 2:50 PM

So, our favorite trailer trash member of Congress managed to put his foot into his mouth again. Now that Virgil Goode has raised his profile so that everybody realizes what an ignorant hillbilly he is, We can look forward to regular installments of the "what stupid thing did Virgil say today?" game. Of course, politicians subject to such ridicule usually have short careers. Something tells me that Virgil's constituents will have had enough of being embarrassed by November 2008 to get rid of him.

Posted by: John | February 20, 2007 2:50 PM

Although Rep Goode is waaaay too far over the line for my tastes, he is unfortunately right about raising the minimum wage being a magnet for illegal immigrants.

But the solution to the illegal immigration problem hasn't really been explored: Most people immigrate to this country because things are so crappy in their country. If we work to raise the standard of living in Mexico and points south, most of those immigrants would stay home with their families. They don't really want to leave; they have to come here to make a living.

Posted by: SoMD | February 20, 2007 2:53 PM

The Virginia Democratic party should already be looking to recruit and supoprt someone to run against Goode in 2008. The earlier the presumptie Democratic candidate gets their critiques of Goode into local media, the better position they will be in to make Goode a former Congressman in 2008. Unfortunately, no one can make Goode a former idiot.

Posted by: Miser Methane | February 20, 2007 3:06 PM

Marc,

Do you think his constituents may be slightly embarassed by what comes out of his mouth? -- He does purportedly represent them.....(That would make an interesting column)

Posted by: constituents... | February 20, 2007 3:07 PM

What mister Fisher did not elaborate on, is that not only do Muslims share the idea of one supreme god with Christians and Jews, their faith also has the same Abrahamic origins. The God that all faiths refer to is the same being, only the messengers are different.

Posted by: Jack | February 20, 2007 3:07 PM

What Mr. Fisher did not elaborate on, is that not only do Muslims share the idea of one supreme god with Christians and Jews, their faith also has the same Abrahamic origins. The God that all faiths refer to is the same being, only the messengers are different.

Posted by: Jack | February 20, 2007 3:09 PM

Virgils constituents like him just fine. Maybe people up here are just so tolerant to a degree that it takes a direct and personal threat of death to get them to agree that people in this world are out to do us harm. And they will lie about it, exploiting the tolerantists tolerance.

Posted by: Stick | February 20, 2007 3:21 PM

Virgil's constituents would include Thomas Jefferson, if he were still alive. Personally, I'd vote for him now, in opposition to Virgil.

You'd think someone with a name like "Virgil Goode" would be a statesman instead of a bozo.

Posted by: Rocco | February 20, 2007 3:26 PM

Goode's lack of understanding of the Middle East, Iraq, Islam et al is just the tip of the iceberg. I don't think anyone in the House or the Senate has a clue. No one seems to understand the radical's motivation - to get us out of their holy land - and anytime you see an accusation that they hate because we are free or because we are wealthy or any other reason is crap. They hate because we have military troops all over their land. How many foreign troops are on American soil? OK there is a tiny German Air Force unit stationed at Dulles, but that is it. We wouldn't put up with one-tenth the crap that we deal out as a nation, why do we think they should? Bring the troops home -all of them and watch the terror stop.

Posted by: DW | February 20, 2007 3:27 PM

This idiot makes Del. Hargrove look like Abe Lincoln.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | February 20, 2007 4:08 PM

Posted by SoMD, 2/20/07, 2:53pm: "Although Rep Goode is waaaay too far over the line for my tastes, he is unfortunately right about raising the minimum wage being a magnet for illegal immigrants."

Umm... People hire illegal immigrants because they know they can get away with paying them sub-par wages (i.e. below the current, disgustingly low minimum wage), so I can't imagine how raising the minimum wage would be a magnet for illegal immigrants.

Posted by: snow_crash | February 20, 2007 6:53 PM

Hey Marc, why don't you move to Virginia and run for public office? It's seems that you have a lot of opinions about Virginia's politics. BTW, have you ever had a family member killed in an incident such as 9/11? Probably not.

Posted by: BigDog | February 20, 2007 9:10 PM

Boy, BigDog, I thought Virginians were actually becoming more sophisticated politically.

Posted by: Hokie | February 21, 2007 9:03 AM

DW, you're flat wrong if you think this is limited to our troops stationed in the Middle East. There is the Israel factor for one. And the fact that the radical Muslims have cited our lifestyle and our culture as a reason for jihad. See, you are so tolerant that you are only listening to the moderates and not the ones doing the killing.

Posted by: Stick | February 21, 2007 10:35 AM

RE: Thomas Jefferson. Let's not forget that he was a Deist, not a Christian. He was quite outspoken about how Jesus' biographers and clerics had distorted Jesus' life. In short, he did not think Jesus was divine.

Also, it is highly questionable whether Christianity is a monotheistic religion. To understand the argument why it is not, you have to know how Jesus was pictured as being more godlike through the chronology of the gospels, John being the last one written. (E.g., calling someone a messiah does not equate with a divine nature.) Also, you need to assess whether Christianity adopted pagan beliefs and myths (such as a Trinity, virgin birth, rising from the dead, etc.) to make it more popular, as some theologians assert (see Elaine Pagels, for example.) Read up on Mithraism, for example, whose religious art is practically identical to early Christian art.

Posted by: PM | February 21, 2007 3:23 PM

You gotta believe!

Posted by: Tug McGraw | February 21, 2007 3:40 PM

Yu All Shudn't tawk bout cuzin Vuurgel lik thet!

He got edcatd at Liburty U

Posted by: RT | February 22, 2007 10:19 AM

i think that there is some middle ground here

the muslims in britain are the ones who helped stop the last plane attack, but who were the culprits? radical muslims!

stick has a point..........the moderate muslims seem to just want to tell non-muslims to be more tolerant, rather than taking a more active role in preventing their religion from being even more closely tied to violence against innocent people


Defending islam while islam continues its spiral (upwards or downwards is a personal judgement call)is no excuse for moderate muslims not taking steps to change the course and actions of their religion

Posted by: langley | February 22, 2007 3:39 PM

i think that there is some middle ground here

the muslims in britain are the ones who helped stop the last plane attack, but who were the culprits? radical muslims!

stick has a point..........the moderate muslims seem to just want to tell non-muslims to be more tolerant, rather than taking a more active role in preventing their religion from being even more closely tied to violence against innocent people


Defending islam while islam continues its spiral (upwards or downwards is a personal judgement call)is no excuse for moderate muslims not taking steps to change the course and actions of their religion

Posted by: langley | February 22, 2007 3:46 PM

i think that there is some middle ground here

the muslims in britain are the ones who helped stop the last plane attack, but who were the culprits? radical muslims!

stick has a point..........the moderate muslims seem to just want to tell non-muslims to be more tolerant, rather than taking a more active role in preventing their religion from being even more closely tied to violence against innocent people


Defending islam while islam continues its spiral (upwards or downwards is a personal judgement call)is no excuse for moderate muslims not taking steps to change the course and actions of their religion

Posted by: langley | February 23, 2007 1:18 AM

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 

© 2010 The Washington Post Company