Thank you, Dennis Prager for your anti-Muslim bigotry: at least we know where the modern conservatives really stand. Despite Article IV of the U.S. Constitution which states that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States”, Prager has his knickers in a twist over Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison’s intention to use a copy of the Koran instead of a Christian Bible while being sworn into office. Prager spews:
Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, has announced that he will not take his oath of office on the Bible, but on the bible of Islam, the Koran.
He should not be allowed to do so — not because of any American hostility to the Koran, but because the act undermines American civilization.
First, it is an act of hubris that perfectly exemplifies multiculturalist activism — my culture trumps America’s culture. What Ellison and his Muslim and leftist supporters are saying is that it is of no consequence what America holds as its holiest book; all that matters is what any individual holds to be his holiest book.
Actually, the whole point of the Bible is to underscore the solemnity of the oath so that the officemaker will be more likely to follow that oath. It really doesn’t matter what the particular book is: the Christian Bible, the Koran, or the Hebrew Bible. Funny, I should mention the Hebrew Bible, because Prager, as usual, is always willing to misappropriate Judaism for the Glory of the Conservative Movement. He claims that Jews have always sworn their oaths of office over Christian Bibles, when, in fact, that is simply not true.
Does Prager really think that using a different religious text will cause the Republic to collapse? Of course, after five years of watching the Republicans wipe their ass with the Constitution, maybe our country really is that fragile…
Update: Of course, the whole issue is moot because the oath of office isn’t sworn over any religious book. Also, over at AmericaBlog, John has some similar thoughts.