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And Keith got his wish: he was sworn in on the Koran.
But what does this mean? Is it a public ploy? Is he serious? I can only take him at his word:
"But if you, and me too, stick together, if we believe in Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala [praised and exalted is he], if we turn to the Quran for guidance, we'll find an answer to the questions we have. And we will find that we are an asset and a plus not only to our own community, but to this country, and to this whole world."
Wow. What if a white congressional male leader said the Christian equivalent? "If we believe in God, praised and exalted is He, if we turn to the Bible for guidance...." The press would have a field day!!
So, why do Christians vote for leaders who don't talk this way publicly but the liberals and Muslims are tickled pink to vote thusly? The Muslims are not afraid of announcing the source of their faith publicly and clearly but many Christians hide their lamp for fear of offending the wrong parties.
But it is not the end of the world. Politically it is terrible, but the politics, like the culture which produces it, simply reflects the religion of the people. We should not be brought to the end of ourselves because of this, declaiming the end of Christian civilization. Or theologically running around like chickens with our heads cut off.
The true solution is not chicken little, but the Lamb of God.
PS: (See Wikipedia's summary of his Islamic activities & his recent past of the Islamic Nation. And don't forget about the Muslim doctrine of lying!)
Pastor Shawn Mathis was raised by God-fearing parents, served in the Air Force, worked as an electrical engineer and then entered the ministry by Godâ€™s grace....