Politics Koran is the new Christmas
posted by December 5 at 14:20 PMon
Remember last year when the holiday season brought warnings of a “War on Christmas,” or some such nonsense?
Well, in case you’ve missed it, this year the absurdist wing of the religious right has delivered unto the American media a raging pre-Christmas “debate” about whether America’s first Muslim Congressman, Democrat Keith Ellison of Minnesota, has a right to take his ceremonial oath of office using a Koran.
Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, has announced that he will not take his oath of office on the Bible, but on the bible of Islam, the Koran.
He should not be allowed to do so — not because of any American hostility to the Koran, but because the act undermines American civilization.
But he’s also played, with apparent relish, his part in what is becoming an annual American ritual: Taking some time out from the busy Christmas season to engage in a bit of old-fashioned xenophobia.
Attention shoppers: Nativism is the new nativity scene.