Friday, December 01, 2006

Dennis Prager Says Muslims Are Not Americans

Or: I don't think "no religious test" means what he thinks it means, since he thinks it means "there must be a religious test."

I heard this on Jay Marvin's show this morning. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, wants to be sworn in on the Koran. Prager says he shouldn't be allowed to because it is not American. I'm not exaggerating.

He should not be allowed to do so—not because of any American hostility to the Koran, but because the act undermines American civilization.

[...]

...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.

[Emphasis added]

In God We Trust. One Nation, Under God.

Please don't try to tell me those phrases have no real effect on our nation, that they're just harmless acknowledgements of our "Christian Heritage" or the alleged Christian basis for our laws. They're obviously not harmless because they make Dennis Prager and other members of the American Taliban think Christianity = Civic Government and that civic government therefore has the power to force supposedly free citizens to bow to Christianity.

Most people rarely think twice about swearing their allegiance to God in schools and city council meetings because it's become mindless and is viewed as harmless and meaningless. But remember that Estes Park city council member who got kicked out for refusing to recite the pledge? The American Taliban is now emboldened enough to say, "If you can't swear by the Bible, you can't be a member of Congress." It's not law, is specifically prohibited by the Constitution, but we had a President who said "L'etat c'est moi," and a Congress who let him. Is it harmless to foster this mindset?

This is religious freedom?

Personally, I don't think anyone should be swearing on any holy book. (Theodore Roosevelt didn't use one for his first inauguration. Maybe the accusations of "terrorist-lover" were what prompted him to wave his big stick and proclaim "Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead!" Had to prove his manly Americanism.) I, however, understand that religious freedom and no religious test means anyone can swear or affirm on anything they want. Yes, Mr. Prager, even on Mein Kampf, which isn't actually a religious book, anyway. ::eyeroll.

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