Dennis Prager has weighed in with his opinion on Keith Ellison placing his hand on the Qu’ran instead of the Bible when he gets sworn in. At first, I didn’t think I’d be that interested in this column, even though I enjoy Mr. Prager’s work. I’m thankful now that I took the time.
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. 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.
The truth is that America has never been nor should it ever be multicultural. The goal of the Founding Fathers was to create American society, where we pulled towards the same goals. The plague we call multiculturalism strives to divide people by letting each pursue a culture that is distinctly not American.
What America is is mult-ethnic. Being multi-ethnic isn’t the same as being multicultural because being multi-ethnic means that we’re pulling for the same goals. Assimilation is happening on a daily basis in a multi-ethnic country. France is typical of a multicultural Euronation. We all remember the riots in France last year. The reports coming from France said that French society didn’t attempt to get Muslims moving into France to assimilate. That may be true but it’s equally true that those Muslims migrating to France weren’t interested in assimilation either.
Of course, Ellison’s defenders argue that Ellison is merely being honest; since he believes in the Koran and not in the Bible, he should be allowed, even encouraged, to put his hand on the book he believes in. But for all of American history, Jews elected to public office have taken their oath on the Bible, even though they do not believe in the New Testament, and the many secular elected officials have not believed in the Old Testament either. Yet those secular officials did not demand to take their oaths of office on, say, the collected works of Voltaire or on a volume of New York Times editorials, writings far more significant to some liberal members of Congress than the Bible.
The points Mr. Prager makes are all valid. That won’t matter to the extremist, though, as CAIR and other PC liberals will be bashing Prager for his intolerance on the issue. Who cares? If those criticisms were directed at me, I’d wear their criticisms like a badge of honor.
Cross-posted at California Conservative