NOTE TO GOODE: STOP DIGGING…. Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.) appeared to have weathered the storm. Last week, Goode made headlines for a blatantly bigoted letter to supporters in which he insisted Muslims represent a threat to “traditional” values, which is why, he said, we should pass massive immigration reform in order to keep more Muslims out of the country.

After his written remarks sparked widespread criticism, Goode refused to apologize. Indeed, he appeared on Fox News arguing, ” I wish more people would take a stand and stand up for the principles on which this country was founded,” though he did not elaborate on exactly which “principles” he was referring to.

Fortunately for Goode, interest in his comments died down. Unfortunately for Goode, he renewed interest in his anti-Muslim animus this morning with a USA Today op-ed. (via TP)

Let us remember that we were not attacked by a nation on 9/11; we were attacked by extremists who acted in the name of the Islamic religion. I believe that if we do not stop illegal immigration totally, reduce legal immigration and end diversity visas, we are leaving ourselves vulnerable to infiltration by those who want to mold the United States into the image of their religion, rather than working within the Judeo-Christian principles that have made us a beacon for freedom-loving persons around the world.

The context of all of this — the controversy and the USAT op-ed — is Goode’s concern about Rep.-elect Keith Ellison (D-Minn), Congress’ first Muslim, and his decision to use a Koran in his ceremonial swearing-in photo-op.

From this, Goode believes Americans should be concered about “infiltration”? Goode does know that Ellison’s family has been in this country for over 200 years, right?

Remember, Republicans, he’s one of yours.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.