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Great AP Headline :

Congressman faulted for Quran at oath


WASHINGTON (AP) — Keith Ellison, who will become the first Muslim member of Congress next month, has offended some conservatives with his plan to use the Quran during his ceremonial swearing-in. The decision by Ellison, D-Minn., to use the Muslim holy book for the ceremony instead of the Bible triggered an angry column by Dennis Prager on the Web site Townhall.com this week.

Headlined, "America, Not Keith Ellison, decides what book a congressman takes his oath on," Prager argued that using the Quran for the ceremony "undermines American civilization."

To which Lindsey Beyerstein responds: 

It's sad when you have to settle for a source who doesn't know how Congressmen are made. Prager is railing against Ellison taking the oath on a Quran. Actually, new members are sworn in together on the floor of the House. Nobody swears on any books. The books are just props for the subsequent photo shoot. Think of it as high school picture day for new congressmen.

Anyway, a source is a source. Thanks to Praeger bold if ill-informed pronouncements, it's officially news that someone is uncomfortable with something Islamic about Ellison. Well played, AP.

Proving that stupidity is contageous, and Dennis Prager being a known carrier AP should probably scratch him from the "credible source" list.

Update:  BobbyG writes an email to Prager.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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