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Crazy Right-Wing Nutjobs Say the Cutest Things

ellison.jpgUp until about ten minutes ago, I’d never heard of Townhall.com, though I have since learned that it’s a popular conservative website, whose columnists include Michael Medved and Bill Bennett. I suspect the commentary consist of largely rabble-rousing right-wing nuttiness, advocating the banning of birth control, the reinstitution of drawing and quartering, and the systematic killing of abortion doctors, under the guise of faith.

But, as I glanced over an op-ed from a man named Dennis Prager, I thought I was reading a freakin’ “Onion” article. Honestly, this man contends that Keith Ellison, the newly elected Muslim Congressman from Minnesota, shouldn’t be allowed to swear his oath to office with a Koran because the act “undermines American civilization.”

Say what?

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.

Mr. Prager then goes on to write that taking the oath using the Koran is tantamount to a racist Congressman choosing “Mein Kampf” for a swear-in. And then Dennis makes the most asinine statement of all:

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.

You hear that, Mr. Ellison? Swearing the oath of office using the Koran is the equivalent of massacring over 3,000 Americans; causing billions of dollars in physical, financial, and emotional costs; and pushing the United States into two wars, one of which was unnecessary. You’d best watch your back, Congressman-elect — that sort of terrorist act will get you sent to Gitmo, where they will flush the Koran down the toilet. Seriously, how dare you try to institute the freedoms of the First Amendment into your Congressional office — it’s despicable. Utterly despicable.

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I want to know when people decided that imposing their own personal morals on others became: a) something they even considered, b) a priority, and c) more important than uphold the very ideas and institutions that this 'free' country was built upon.

Its amazing the amount of people who totally want to forget about religious freedom in favor of being able to associate with people who believe in things that can't be proven or disproven. Have we stopped teaching history since I graduated from school? Because from what I remember, religious freedom and the idea of being able to think, believe, and practice what you want was a big reason why we started this government.

But then again, maybe my progressive secular ideas are simply unamerican and I should just turn in my citizenship. Because God forbid if I choose to think for myself. That would be letting the terrorists win, even though it seems they already have in a way.

They should all swear on the Constitution. This country was founded as a secular republic, and the Constitution is the only compulsory holy text we should have.

what is the oath of office for an elected congressman? as long as he says that, and agrees to uphold it, then who cares what he swears on. BTW, I am a conservative.

what have agnostic congressmen done?

Article VI, section 3 of the Constitution says:

"The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."

So why this fetishization of the Bible (or the Koran for that matter)?

I think we would all get along better, and have a stronger Republic if we all swore our oaths on the Constitution itself.

Of course, that would throw religious fundamentalist nuts, Christian, Jew, and Muslim alike, into a complete tizzy.