Congressional oath of office: Bible v. Koran

Prager wrote an article denouncing Ellison’s use of the Koran to take his oath of office.

I disagree with Prager, and believe Ellison has every right to use which holy book he wants. While I am no fan of multiculturalism and political correctness, I am adamant about the principle of Freedom of Religion.

The 11th article of faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reads: We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

Dennis Prager: America, Not Keith Ellison, decides what book a congressman takes his oath on:

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. …

Nor has one Mormon official demanded to put his hand on the Book of Mormon. …[Read more]


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Posted on November 30, 2006, in News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Perhaps they ought to take their oath of office on the Constitution?

    It doesn’t matter anyway because most congress critters vote to violate Constitutional principles anyway.

  2. (CNSNews.com) – When he is sworn in as a member of the 110th U.S. Congress on Jan. 4, 2007, Congressman-elect Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) will not take the oath of office with his hand on a copy of the Koran – or any other book, according to a spokesman for Ellison, the first Muslim ever elected to the House of Representatives.
    Ellison will not use any book during the ceremony, Dave Colling, who served as the Minnesota Democrat’s campaign manager, told Cybercast News Service. “Neither will any other member of the House,” Colling added, since “no one has ever taken the oath of office in Congress with a Bible, a Koran, a Torah or anything else.”
    Instead, the members of the chamber are sworn into office as a group, Colling noted. “They all raise their right hands and repeat the oath that’s prescribed in the Constitution.”
    http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics.asp?Page=/Politics/archive/200612/POL20061201a.html

  3. Congressman-elect Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) is a puppet of CAIR and the Islamophyles. He will uphold the “Holy” teachings of the Muslim world and will spend the majority of his time in propigation of his faith, not the duties of his office.
    The camels nose (pardon the expression) has entered the tent.

  4. Republican Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon used a Bible/Book of Mormon combination when he was sworn in.

  5. I agree that elected officials should take their oath on the Constitution rather than any Religious books. I am a member of the LDS Church in Omaha but I feel that Religion does not belong in Government.
    I am a firm believer that people should Keep THEIR Religion Out of OUR Government.

    Ted
    http://www.pafundi.com
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    as confirmed by U.S. Central Command: 3918

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