|WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT DENNIS PRAGER:|
Anti-Defamation League: Prager’s comments are "intolerant, misinformed and downright un-American."
New York Sun: "Mr. Prager is not only wrong but his comments are so outrageous and, by our lights, almost unbelievably ignorant."
Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism said in a statement: "The criticism by Dennis Prager of Rep. Keith Ellison's use of the Koran for taking the oath of office is irreconcilable with American law and ideals as well as Jewish values and interests."
American Jewish Committee issued a statement calling Prager's remarks "disrespectful and unfortunate." SOURCE: http://www.forward.com/
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum released this statement concerning Council member Prager. "Talk show host Dennis Prager speaks solely for himself. His statements do not reflect the position of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, whose board is not self-appointed."
Paul Campos: “Thus it's noteworthy that Prager has just published a column so idiotic and immoral that it raises the question of whether the political movement of which he is a prominent representative has become fundamentally un-American.”
Pioneer Press: “Prager argues that Ellison's ceremonial swearing-in is the important part of the oath-taking and that using the Bible is an indispensable part. But if Ellison opts for the Quran in the symbolic photo-op, he will not be taking an oath to Islam. He will be using the scripture of his faith to add power to his commitment to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Former New York City Mayor Edward Koch: "There is no question that Dennis Prager is a bigot who ought to be repudiated even by his closest supporters," Koch said this morning in an interview with the Forward. "His statements are a disgrace … and I will be down there calling for the council to condemn him, and, if we have the power, to remove him."
CAIR-TAMPA DIRECTOR GIVEN HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD
(TAMPA, FL - 12/8/06) - CAIR-Tampa Executive Director Ahmed Bedier today received the prestigious Human Rights Award at the 33rd Annual Awards Breakfast of the Tampa/Hillsborough Human Rights Council.
"I am grateful for this recognition and accept the award on behalf of the board, staff, volunteers, and members of CAIR who made it possible," said Bedier. Bedier added that the "true winner" of the award is the Muslim Community in the Tampa Bay area.
Other Human Rights Award winners included: Sheriff David Gee, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office; Dr. Sam Horton of the NAACP Hillsborough; Rev. Beverly Lane.
CAIR-SAN DIEGO: 'THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM'
(SAN DIEGO, CA, 12/8/06) - On December 6, CAIR-San Diego Public Relations Director Edgar Hopida gave a presentation on "The Similarities Between Christianity and Islam" at the Solana Beach Library in Solana Beach, Calif.
Event participants learned about how Islam shares beliefs and practices found in Christianity. The presentation was concluded by a question and answer session. CAIR-San Diego presented the Solana Beach Library with a copy of the Quran, Islam's revealed text.
DENNIS PRAGER SUPPORTERS SPEW ANTI-MUSLIM HATE
Islamic civil rights group receives hundreds of hate-filled e-mails
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/8/06) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today that it has received hundreds of hate-filled e-mails from supporters of radio talk show host Dennis Prager who says the first Muslim elected to Congress should be prevented from taking his oath of office using the Quran.
This week, CAIR called on President Bush to rescind Prager's appointment to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council because of his intolerant views toward Islam in American society. CAIR had earlier called on the head of the museum council to remove Prager from his post because his views are incompatible with the mission of that taxpayer-funded institution.
A number of other commentators and groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the American Jewish Committee, have rejected Prager's views.
SEE: What People Say About Dennis Prager
On his radio program, Prager asked supporters to come to his assistance by writing letters to those, like the Minneapolis Star Tribune, who have been critical of his views. A few examples of the hundreds of Islamophobic e-mails CAIR has received from Prager's supporters include: (Spelling errors have been left unedited, while expletives have been alerted or removed.)
* "ROT in hell with your allah and that pig Mohammed. Take your islam [expletive deleted] back to the desert sand n**ger. We are watching you"
* "nobody give a [expletive deleted] about you camel [expletive deleted] raghead dog breathe smelling antiamerican [expletive deleted], get the hell out of my country you [expletive deleted]. . .dennis prager speaks the truth. . .
* "I would suggest that those in attendance at the upcoming swearing-in just murmur [expletive deleted] as the oath with the Koran is taken."
* "Dennis Prager has more right to serve on ANY committee or board in this country than you morons even have to EXIST in this country. Go back to the deserts and take your ignorance with you."
* "Quit trying to force your [expletive deleted] coran and your towel head way of life on us! respect our traditions and blend in [expletive deleted]!"
* "No way, [expletive deleted] the stone aged pigs. Including our new congressman"
"Mr. Prager must recognize by now that his call to permanently exclude Islam and other minority faiths from the public arena has added substantially to the level of anti-Muslim bigotry and interfaith mistrust in our society," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "We urge Mr. Prager to issue a statement calling on his supporters to repudiate anti-Muslim hatred and to respect the religious rights of all Americans."
Awad said that Prager should take responsibility for the harm his views have caused to interfaith relations by resigning from the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
The U.S. Constitution states that "no religious test shall ever be required" to hold public office. No books of any kind are used in the actual swearing-in ceremony. Representatives may use any book they choose, or no book at all, during later ceremonial events.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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