State Rep. Dan Sullivan of Tulsa contacted his fellow Republican House members Wednesday saying he would be happy to find a home for a copy of a Quran that a member might be discarding.
Sullivan said in an e-mail. “If someone receives one and doesn’t want to keep it, please have it sent to my office, and I will make sure it finds a new home.”
Sullivan said “a friend of a friend” is a Muslim who would like to have a centennial copy of the Quran being distributed by the Governor’s Ethnic American Advisory Council, made up of Americans who are Muslims from the Middle East.
Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, refused a copy of the Quran earlier this week, saying, “Most Oklahomans do not endorse the idea of killing innocent women and children in the name of ideology.”
All together, 24 of the state’s 149 lawmakers have declined copies, as of late Wednesday afternoon.
Sullivan said although he is a Christian, there is no reason to not accept a copy. “I’m not endorsing the Islamic faith, but I certainly feel like I can accept a gift that was given as a goodwill gesture,” he said.
Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, who joined other lawmakers Wednesday saying he did not want his copy, said he has informed Sullivan that he can have Terrill’s copy.
Terrill told the council, “Thanks for the offer. However, I am a Christian. And, as such, I would not use it.”
Meanwhile, Gov. Brad Henry’s spokesman issued a statement Wednesday saying the governor welcomed getting a copy of the Quran. (MORE)