In the Humble Opinion of LittleBill, Socialist, Atheist, and Humanist
E pluribus unum?

Does everyone still remember what that means?

Keith Ellison wins his seat in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. He made national news by becoming the first Muslim ever elected to Congress. And he said weeks ago that he'll use his religion's holy book, the Koran, when he takes his oath.

But the right wing fear mongers are up in arms. Dennis Prager argues that America, Not Keith Ellison, decides what book a congressman takes his oath on:

. . . . because the act undermines American civilization. . . . and exemplifies multiculturalist activism . . . . America is interested in only one book, the Bible . . . .

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?

. . . . 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.

. . . . 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 . . . .
Note that the photo of the Koran along with the caption displayed above appears imbedded in Prager's column.

These are unbelievable statements, IMHO. I would use much, much stronger language, but Lil'Bill would kick me out of these pages if I did. Let me just say, as an American, America should celebrate its diversity, not restrict it.

Rosa Brooks recently reminded us that ‘E pluribus unum’ means We’re in This Together. She asks if everyone still remembers what that means. If not, she says, it's never too late to change it: just recall all our currency.


Recidivist said...

Wouldn't it be easier to recall Dennis Prager?

LittleBill said...

You go, Keith!!

Thanks, Vigilante.

pekka said...

One can only hope that these "Pragers of America" have had their time in the Sun and that they have been exposed what they are all about. It looks to me, that a worsening security situation in America, and in the rest of the world as well, is fueled by the reckless rascals such as Dennis Prager.

Indicted Plagiarist said...

The holiest documents in the United States are the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, not the Bible. In the Constitution, it says under Article VI, section 3, " religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
Case closed.

Vigilante said...

I understand Prager has a 2nd column out on this, blaming the Congressman-Elect for dividing our nation. I recall how I used to commute home from work in the afternoon traffic on the Pomona Fwy, Monday to Friday, with this IDIOT on fooking KABC. This was during the 90's It was either him or Larry Elders, every fooking day.

Until 1998-9, when I had two accidents. Not surprising. It was then I decided I had to retire.

I blame Air America for not coming on a decade earlier than it did. I could still be working, if it weren't for their tardiness!

Dennis Prager is an idiot-savant.