Dennis Prager, theocrat

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Dennis Prager wrote the following immensely inaccurate tripe at TownHall today about an impending swearing-in ceremony in Washington DC:

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.

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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. 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.

A tip of the hat to both Andrew Sullivan and to one of his readers, who pointed out that:

…there has never been, and is no, requirement that a member of Congress put his hand on anything when taking the oath of office. There is nothing in the law requiring a member to do anything in particular with his hands. A member is free to put his hand on a Bible, on any other book or for that matter, to keep his hands at his sides or in his pockets or to make bunny shadows with them during the taking of the oath.

Prager tries to portray himself as a thoughtful and reasonable commentator, but instances like this one reveal the theocratic fangs beneath his avuncular façade. He illustrated in this piece two of the primary flaws with the Right: its desire to conflate staged religious photo-ops with secular reality, and its efforts to mandate piety while claiming pluralism.

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Prager repeats himself constantly. He makes the same tired points over and over and believes he is original.

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