So ... Keith Ellison used Thomas Jefferson's Koran for his official swearing-in photo. All accounts made it sound as if the book was lent by Monticello right out of Virgil Goode's 5th District.
But, no, it is the property of the Library of Congress who lent it to Ellison, according to the Washington Post. The Library of Congress lends books to VIPs for special occasions.
Mark Dimunation, chief of the rare book and special collections division at the Library, grew up in Ellison's District in Minnesota.
So ... did Ellison just happen to ask if perhaps there was a copy of a Koran owned by Thomas Jefferson available from the Library of Congress ... or did Dimunation perhaps clue him in?
More background on Jefferson's Koran:
- Thomas Jefferson and Islam by Virginia Virtucon
- Game, Set, Match: Muslim War against the West by Spank That Donkey