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Muslim Congressman to be sworn in on Jefferson's Koran
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Incoming Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, will use a Koran once owned by Thomas Jefferson during his swearing-in ceremony, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The Minnesota Democrat caused a stir among some conservatives when he said in November he would use the Muslim holy book for his private swearing-in ceremony.

Conservative radio host Dennis Prager wrote in a November 28th column, "He should not be allowed to do so -- not because of any American hostility to the Koran, but because the act undermines American civilization."

Regarding Ellison's use of the Koran, Virginia GOP Rep. Virgil Goode wrote to a constituent last month, "I do not subscribe to using the Koran in any way. The Muslim representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that district and if American citizens don't wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration, there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran."

Washington Post: But It's Thomas Jefferson's Koran!

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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