First Muslim Congressman sworn in on Koran

January 5, 2007 01:14

Keith Ellison made history Thursday, becoming the first Muslim member of U.S. Congress and punctuating the occasion by taking a ceremonial oath with a Quran once owned by Thomas Jefferson. "Look at that. That's something else," Ellison, a Democrat of Minnesota said as officials from the Library of Congress showed him the two-volume Koran, which was published in London in 1764. A few minutes later, Ellison took the ceremonial oath with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, at his side. Ellison, the first black member of Congress from Minnesota, was born in Detroit and converted to Islam in college. He said earlier this week that he chose to use this Quran because it showed that a visionary like Jefferson believed that wisdom could be gleaned from many sources.

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