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.Wrap your head around that for a minute.
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.
Forgive me, but America should not give a hoot what Keith Ellison's favorite book is. Insofar as a member of Congress taking an oath to serve America and uphold its values is concerned, America is interested in only one book, the Bible. If you are incapable of taking an oath on that book, don't serve in Congress.
Mr. Prager goes on to assert (and I have no way of knowing if he's correct) that every Jewish Person elected to office in the history of the United States has sworn their oat of office on the Bible. Whether or not that's true, he follows up with this:
So why are we allowing Keith Ellison to do what no other member of Congress has ever done -- choose his own most revered book for his oath?Because he asked, and because it's his right you
[Mustn't stoop to name calling. Mustn't stoop to name calling. I'm better than the ignorant mother-fuckers on the right that always resort to name calling.]
The Constitution guarantees that no religious test be applied for public office. Being forced to swear an oath on the holy book of a specific religion sounds an awful lot like a religious test to me.
The people of Minnesota knew that Mr. Ellison was a Muslim when they elected him. Obviously his electorate wasn't "interested in only one book, the Bible" when they sent him to Washington to be their representative.
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