Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Goode digs in his xenophobic heels

On its web site the Richmond Times-Dispatch is now reporting:

“U.S. Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. will not apologize to Islamic groups upset about a letter he wrote that decries the migration of Muslims to America, his press aide said today. ‘He stands by the letter,’ said Linwood Duncan, aide to the 5th-district Republican."

Click here to read the text of the now infamous Goode letter, via C-Ville Weekly. Click here to read the whole RT-D article.

“...Duncan said Goode wrote the letter earlier this month in response to hundreds of e-mails he had received from constituents concerned about Muslim Rep.-elect Keith Ellison's decision to use the Quran in his swearing-in ceremony. One of the letters miscarried, and its contents have been plastered online across the blogosphere.”

Hundreds of emails?” Hmm... So Virgil Goode, ever the opportunist, has dug in his xenophobic heels. He must think the voters in and around Charlottesville, Farmville, Danville and the rest of Virginia’s 5th Congressional District have got his back.

Now I wonder -- in 2006, do they?


Anonymous said...

Ahh yes...the first amendment.

Cuts like a knife, doesn't it?

F.T. Rea said...


No one is saying Goode ought to be arrested for his letter’s throwback language, which some do see as an embarrassment to the Commonwealth of Virginia. So, I don’t see how the Constitution gives him any help with this situation.

It certainly won’t protect him from the burgeoning blowback from the thrust of his ill-advised letter.