Funny parody press release on a couple folks swearing in on Purpose Driven Life when entering Congress. Timely humor, considering the guy actually swearing in on the Koran last week.
In a controversy that eerily mirrors the recent dispute over a congressman’s use of the Koran, several Christian representatives have asked to be sworn in on the best-seller, The Purpose Driven Life.”We were asked to use the most meaningful text in our life,” said Rep. John T. MacGruder of Colorado Springs, from his state’s seventh district. “And, as far as I can see, my church preaches more from Rick Warren than the Bible, except at Christmas and Easter.”
McGruder and Rep. James R. Newhell of Wheaton (R-Ill) both petitioned Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to be allowed to use the famous evangelical guidebook in the swearing in ceremony at the Capitol.Reactions from other Congressman and public figures were mixed.”I see no reason not to allow others to use their own books — as long as ALLAH AKKBAR!” shouted Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn). Rep. Ellison, who is a Moslem, had requested to use the Koran for his swearing in ceremony and is, apparently, the inspiration for the requests from Representatives MacGruder and Newhell.