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Wednesday, November 29

Douchebag of the Week?

UPDATE: Not only is Prager dumb, he is a liar. He made up the whole controversy about Keith Ellison wanting to be sworn in with his hand on a Koran. In addition, the swearing-in ceremony for the House of Representatives never includes a religious book.

Perhaps Dennis Prager of should be the main contender although there are so many others. Prager may have opened a can of worms that he will regret.

Check out America, Not Keith Ellison, decides what book a congressman takes his oath on
and do read the comments as well. I can't decide who is more ignorant over there. Here's the problem as seen by Prager:
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.
Our "civilization" went down the tubes when Americans decided that they'd rather vote for bush because he'd make a good drinking buddy. Maybe it's time to just do away with swearing on the bible since it's so divisive in a pluralistic society and it's not required by the constitution to swear on a bible. Personally, I never believed in swearing on a bible even when I was "religious". He goes on:
Devotees of multiculturalism and political correctness who do not see how damaging to the fabric of American civilization it is to allow Ellison to choose his own book need only imagine a racist elected to Congress. Would they allow him to choose Hitler's "Mein Kampf," the Nazis' bible, for his oath? And if not, why not? On what grounds will those defending Ellison's right to choose his favorite book deny that same right to a racist who is elected to public office?
First of all, the wingers are the political correctness devotees. Secondly, there ARE racists elected to public office and they are hypocrites who swear on the bible. Yes it sucks that there are racists holding public office, but if their constituents want a racist representative then they are entitled to have one and the rest of us are entitled to protest it. Mr Prager is entitled under the first amendment to suggest that swearing on the Koran may lead to a congresscritter to one day swear on Mein Kampf even if it's a ridiculous assertion. (It's also quite possible that some of our critters on capital hill do consider Mein Kampf their favorite book.)

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