Islamophobia 101–Episode 2

Posted on November 29, 2006


Keith Ellison, first US Muslim Congressman, to take his oath of office on the Qur’an

In the article below by columnist Dennis Prager, the latter decries the fact that Congressman Ellison is refusing to take his oath of office on the Bible, and is determined to do so on the Qur’an. It is amazing that in the US where freedom of religion is part of every American’s rights, that this subject has even been brought up by the likes of Prager. I would suggest that he goes and reviews the TV tapes and interviews of President Bush junior where the President openly admits and takes pride in his Christian faith. American Muslims did not lambast Bush then, and Prager had no issue with him for his statements. Was there a violation of the separation of Church and State then? Did Bush’s admission and behavior threaten the US Constitution? Clearly not. Why should Ellison be treated any differently as he takes office, and why should he be forced to take an oath over the Bible that most Muslims believe has been unfortunately modified since it was revealed?

America, Not Keith Ellison, decides what book a congressman takes his oath on
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.

[…]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.  […]

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? […]

The complete text of this editorial can be read at
Dennis Prager is a radio show host, contributing columnist for