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Muslim elected to Congress wants to swear in on Koran, wingers flip out

Why can’t these “Christian” bigots ever be satisfied?

Newly elected Representative of Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, Keith Ellison is the first Muslim elected to Congress, and all he’s asking for is the ability to use the Koran instead of the bible during his swearing in ceremony. (KARE):

Keith Ellison is taking heat for his choice of holy books when it comes time to be sworn into office. The Constitution, however, makes no reference to books in the section concerned with oaths.

It may be a tradition to take an oath on the Bible, but Ellison’s appeal to highlight the diversity of religion that our country is supposed to uphold has upended the winger apple cart. (Never mind whether anyone should be swearing in on a religious text of any kind for a public office).

Ellison’s transition team has been bombarded with e-mail messages, most of them hateful in tone, attacking Islam, the Qu’ran and especially Ellison. The Ellison staff forwarded some of them to KARE 11 News.

You worthless human being,” began one. It continued by saying, “Your actions will play well with your terrorist buddies.” Another declared “the devil is ruling.”

It didn’t take long for Don Wildmon and his crazies at the American Family Association to jump into the act, issuing one of its Action Alerts asking members of Congress to pass a bill instituting the Bible the only book that can be used in oaths.

The alert cites bigot radio talk show host Dennis Prager’s unhinged Town Hall column, where you’d think Ellison has committed an act of treason.

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?

…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.

And that’s the problem with using a bible at all. Jeebus.

Wildmon’s little letter generator puts this editable text in the field to send to your elected officials.

I ask that you introduce and help get passed a law making the Bible the book to be used in swearing in Representatives, Senators, the President and Vice-President and other public officials.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you on this matter of importance to me and my family.

Of course Don also asks you to send him some dough. “Thanks for caring enough to get involved. If you feel our efforts are worthy, would you consider making a small donation to help us continue?”

A surf over to the Freepi reveals some common sense over the matter, but much of the usual knuckle-dragging bile-emitting that we’ve come to expect ensues…

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Truthfully, I didn’t know that this had become an issue. But Prager makes a very valid point. I fully agree that Ellison should not take his “oath” on the koran.

It’s long past time for MoHamHeads to be offended and humiliated often and harshly. As an American, I was deeply offended and humiliated on September 11, 2001. But not as offended as the thousands of my fellow Americans that died that day and the tens of thousands in their surviving families. I would like to see MoHamHeads so offended and humiliated that they would go back to their nations of origin and leave us in peace.

What good does an oath on the Christian bible mean to a Muslim?

This has already been posted and someone still needs to buy Mr. Prager a copy of the United States Constitution, Article VI of which explicitly gives Mr. Ellison the right to choose to be sworn in on whatever tome he wants.


Come on now. Don’t bring either common sense or actual FACT into a Muslim Paranoia thread.

There are no religous tests. No such test has been administered. The question in fact is whether we should alter tradition. I see no evidence we should.

Where is anyone bound by law to go with tradition?

He does not recognize American law as based on Christian principals. Therefore, he has no intention of upholding or honoring them.

How about a roll of toilet paper. So you want a Congressman swearing allegiance to his country on a roll of toilet paper?

On the other hand, what oath from a muslim is any good, no matter what? If a jew, a buddhist, a hindu, or an atheist can all take the oth on the same book, the bible, why can’t a muslim? Muslims are not special.

Considering the fact that he can lie as long as it benefits and forwards his religion and false prophet, let him place his hand on the NYTs

How about if he takes his oath on a picture of the Twin Towers collapsing !!!

He could use a stack of Bibles…and his word wouldn’t mean anything. But, there are a lot of Congresscritters that I feel the same way about…and as far as I know they aren’t Muslim. That is a different discussion…if he wants to use a Koran, then he needs to run for office in an Islamic state, with an Islamic government.

I don’t have much problem with people swearing the oath on whatever they deem holy, but what does an oath on the Koran mean anyhow when it commands Muslims to cheat, rob, rape, and kill the infidel?

This is a nonstarter. This forum needs to look to other things to bash this guy on. Bashing him over his religion won’t get you anywhere except as a permanent minority. He has a freedom to choose whatever traditions HE holds. That’s what the TRADITION of freedom is.

This is factually inaccurate. There is absolutely no Constitutional requirement for House members or even the President to swear on the Bible when taking his oath of office – while Presidents have traditionally done so, it’s not clear that any oath needs to be with one hand on the Bible to qualify as an oath (it likely doesn’t), and under the Constitution, office holders can take an affirmation of office of office instead of an oath anyway. In fact, President Teddy Roosevelt didn’t swear on the Bible when he became President after McKinley’s death in 1901. One simply might not have been available at the time. He still became President.

American patriots are turning in their graves at this deplorable outrage. IMO, the voters have lost their minds. If our enemies have their way, the voters will lose their heads as well.

Prager is dead wrong in describing the House’s tradition for swearing in its members. It is done en masse on the House floor, not individually, and generally doesn’t even include swearing on Bibles.

Next thing you know some idjit will claim that since they are an atheist they want to take their oath on some book by that Hair woman, and then some oaf will claim that their religion is Devil worship and they want to use the book of Satan. Still, since we as a country have IN OUR FOUNDATIONAL DOCUMENTS THE PRINCIPAL OF NO STATE RELIGION, I don’t see how we can require someone to use the Bible and I am not sure they have to use anything at all–he may just be making a strawman issue. I am guessing you don’t have to use anything at all. When I got sworn into Federal service as an officer of the USAR there was no book.

Islam is all about undermining American civilization.

Hat tip, Eva.

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