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Old 11-30-2006, 11:45 AM   #1
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A first for America...The Koran replaces the Bible at swearing-in oath
What book will America base it's values on, the Bible or the Koran?

By Dennis Prager - Tuesday, November 28, 2006

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.

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. In your personal life, we will fight for your right to prefer any other book. We will even fight for your right to publish cartoons mocking our Bible. But, Mr. Ellison, America, not you, decides on what book its public servants take their oath.

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?

Of course, Ellison's defenders argue that Ellison is merely being honest; since he believes in the Koran and not in the Bible, he should be allowed, even encouraged, to put his hand on the book he believes in. But for all of American history, Jews elected to public office have taken their oath on the Bible, even though they do not believe in the New Testament, and the many secular elected officials have not believed in the Old Testament either. Yet those secular officials did not demand to take their oaths of office on, say, the collected works of Voltaire or on a volume of New York Times editorials, writings far more significant to some liberal members of Congress than the Bible. Nor has one Mormon official demanded to put his hand on the Book of Mormon. And it is hard to imagine a scientologist being allowed to take his oath of office on a copy of "Dianetics" by L. Ron Hubbard.

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?

The answer is obvious -- Ellison is a Muslim. And whoever decides these matters, not to mention virtually every editorial page in America, is not going to offend a Muslim. In fact, many of these people argue it will be a good thing because Muslims around the world will see what an open society America is and how much Americans honor Muslims and the Koran.

This argument appeals to all those who believe that one of the greatest goals of America is to be loved by the world, and especially by Muslims because then fewer Muslims will hate us (and therefore fewer will bomb us).

But these naive people do not appreciate that America will not change the attitude of a single American-hating Muslim by allowing Ellison to substitute the Koran for the Bible. In fact, the opposite is more likely: Ellison's doing so will embolden Islamic extremists and make new ones, as Islamists, rightly or wrongly, see the first sign of the realization of their greatest goal -- the Islamicization of America.

When all elected officials take their oaths of office with their hands on the very same book, they all affirm that some unifying value system underlies American civilization. If Keith Ellison is allowed to change that, he will be doing more damage to the unity of America and to the value system that has formed this country than the terrorists of 9-11. It is hard to believe that this is the legacy most Muslim Americans want to bequeath to America. But if it is, it is not only Europe that is in trouble. (End Commentary)

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1. Send an email asking your U.S. Representative and Senators to pass a law making the Bible the book used in the swearing-in ceremony of Representatives and Senators.
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(Rant on)This is what happens as the result of being afraid of hurting someones feelings or offending them. We, the true, patriotic Americans are being relieved of our country and our rights to uphold what this country was built on. This is our fault for not standing up and raising the B.S. flag. When I swore in to the United States Marine Corps, it was on the Bible, as do all other servicemembers that have, do, or will defend this country. NEVERMIND, [email protected]#!! This pisses me off so bad, i want to......................
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the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress.
Well,some bunch of idiots voted him in.

Same bunch of idiots will have to deal with the stain.

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What about every single religion that isn't Christianity? It is kind of messed up to force them to be sworn to do something on a faith that is not their own. I believe that there should be more of a seperation between church and state, and no one should be sworn in by placing their hand on any religious book or other object. It is asinine and ignorant to view Christianity as the only religion worth following.

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Does it really matter? They all lie after they get in office anyway. If the guy doesn't beleave in the bible he shouldn't be made to swear on it. This is America and we protect the peoples freedom of religion. Is this still true, or are they only ok do what they pratice what they want so long as they are Christians? That is what the KKK thought and they didn't even like all Christians. I think some of you should go back and read the Bill of Rights. And we just had Thanksgivin.
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What about every single religion that isn't Christianity? It is kind of messed up to force them to be sworn to do something on a faith that is not their own. I believe that there should be more of a seperation between church and state, and no one should be sworn in by placing their hand on any religious book or other object. It is asinine and ignorant to view Christianity as the only religion worth following.

My two cents....even though y'all probably don't want to hear it.
That's what I'm talking about.
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Does it really matter? They all lie after they get in office anyway. If the guy doesn't beleave in the bible he shouldn't be made to swear on it. This is America and we protect the peoples freedom of religion. Is this still true, or are they only ok do what they pratice what they want so long as they are Christians? That is what the KKK thought and they didn't even like all Christians. I think some of you should go back and read the Bill of Rights. And we just had Thanksgivin.
Again, my point.

We have given our rights away. I can have all the freedom of speech I want .......UNTIL it offends someone, then I'm wrong for being offensive. Where is the line? So yall keep giving your rights away. I didnt fight for my country to have it taken away from me by the people I was protecting. Yea, I know. I'm all kinds of wrong.
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How are we giving your rights away because someone didn't want to swear on a bible? People do stuff different in court all the time. I don't see your point here. To me I see more freedom not less.
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