9 – CAIR CHALLENGES ISLAMOPHOBIA IN CONGRESS, MEDIA – TOP
When Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) slammed the planned use of a Quran for the ceremonial swearing-in of Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, CAIR called for an apology. The Washington Post and the New York Times both published editorials supporting CAIR’s condemnation of Goode’s bigotry.
SEE: A Bigot in Congress (Washington Post)
SEE ALSO: Fear and Bigotry in Congress (New York Times)
CAIR also urged that talk show host and columnist Dennis Prager be removed from the taxpayer-supported museum’s council because of a recent syndicated column in which he wrote that Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, should be prevented from taking his oath of office using the Quran.
In his column, headlined “America, Not Keith Ellison, Decides What Book a Congressman Takes His Oath On,” Prager wrote that swearing an oath on the Quran “undermines American civilization.”
“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,” wrote Prager. “If you are incapable of taking an oath on that book, don’t serve in Congress.”
Prager also wrote that Ellison’s swearing on a Quran would “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.”