A hat tip to the NJDC for this odd story.
Apparently Dennis Prager has a very vocal, adamant friend in the American Family Association.
Still, some conservative Christians have taken Prager’s editorial as a clarion call. The American Family Association in Tupelo, Miss., for example, sent out an “action alert” to its 3.4 million members urging them to write their congressmen “to pass a law making the Bible the book used in the swearing-in ceremony of Representatives and Senators.”
Swearing in officeholders on Islam’s holy book “represents a change in our society, our culture, if we hold up the Quran as equivalent to the Holy Bible,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon.
The AFA quotes Prager’s editorial in its entirety in its action alert. They want a law mandating that the Bible be the only book allowed for oaths of office, however most requests for alternative books have been by Jews, asking for Tana”chs, or in one case, prayer books. Theodore Roosevelt even decided to forego a Bible at his first inauguration.
What is the AFA trying to prove here? Or is it just the same plain old Islamophobia? Another Islamophobic suggestion which would end up harming Jews. It behooves all of us, Jews — progressive or traditional — to oppose any legislation which would come as a result of such an action alert.