CAIR released a "FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE" whine-o-gram today urging the dismissal of Prager from his United States Holocaust Memorial Council position due to his "bigoted, intolerant and divisive views" referring to a November 28, 2006 column. In the article titled, "America, Not Keith Ellison, decides what book a congressman takes his oath on" Prager gave his opinion about Keith Ellison's decision to take his oath of office on a koran. The comments aren't hateful or bigoted. If you read it you'll see he makes a lot of sense. If you allow the koran, what happens if we elect a member of the church of scientology, does he bring "Dianetics" to the swearing in ceremony? How about the Nazi party member, would "Mein Kampf" be used? A point should be noted that in no way is he comparing the koran to either of these books or islam to those systems of belief. Prager tries to make the point that the Bible has been the foundation by which this nation was created and to deny this is to deny our history.
President Bush recently appointed Prager to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the governing board of the museum, for the remainder of a five year term expiring January 15, 2011. In a letter sent to Council Chairman Fred S. Zeidman, CAIR wrote
'No one who holds such bigoted, intolerant and divisive views should be in a policymaking position at a taxpayer-funded institution that seeks to educate Americans about the destructive impact hatred has had, and continues to have, on every society. As a presidential appointee, Prager's continued presence on the council would send a negative message to Muslims worldwide about America's commitment to religious tolerance."
Again, the whine-o-gram gives the contact information to which angered muslims could send "polite" letters of concern. I don't see how the position Prager holds could be connected to his views on Keith Ellisons decision to use the koran. The election of a muslim, in and of itself, concerns me and I pray the voters in the Gopher state wake up in 6 years. The middle east is closely monitoring this controversy and I wonder where's Ellison's loyalty, to the United States of America or to islam.