December 11, 2006

Page v. Prager

No `American' holy book | Chicago Tribune
: "Dennis Prager, a conservative columnist and radio talk-show host, objects to the holy book on which Rep.-elect Keith Ellison plans to take his oath of office on Jan. 4.

The Minnesota Democrat plans to use a Koran instead of a Bible.

Poor naive me. Here I thought it was an encouraging sign of this country's respect for liberty and diversity that Americans would elect a Muslim to Congress in the midst of an international war against Islamic terrorists. No country is perfect, but we've come a long way on the tolerance scale since World War II when thousands of innocent Japanese-Americans were rounded up into camps far from their homes just for their ancestry.

But not Prager. Ellison's choice should be blocked, Prager wrote, "not because of any American hostility to the Koran, but because the act [of taking the oath on the Koran] undermines American culture.'"

I think a lot of people don't know about our Constitution's ban on religious test. Of course, I think a shocking number confuse the Declaration with the Constitution.

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