Letters to the Editor

'False witness'

Right-wing radio host Dennis Prager wrote a recent column claiming that Congressman-elect Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to Congress, had "announced that he will not take his oath of office on the Bible, but on the bible of Islam, the Quran."

Mr. Prager compared it to being sworn in with a copy of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and said it undermines American civilization, thus triggering considerable consternation among some readers and some letters to the editor of The Bee.

Mr. Prager's column was in error: Ellison did not say it, and the swearing-in ceremony for the House of Representatives does not include a religious book but consists only of the members raising their right hands and swearing to uphold the Constitution.

Members sometimes pose for photo-ops with their hand on a Bible following the ceremony.

Neither the U.S. Constitution (Article Six), nor the Christian Bible supports Mr. Prager's assertions (Matthew 5:33-37 and James 5:12 say to make no oaths). So, did Mr. Prager bear false witness or is he just a bigoted moron?

Jim Hogan