While denying that they have any racist or other xenophobic intent, critics of Minnesota’s U.S. Representative-elect Keith Ellison, like the abominable Dennis Prager, continue to try to gin up reasons why he cannot carry his own scriptures to Congress, why he cannot have the rights that every school child in America has, because the scriptures Ellison carries are Islamic.
Except for Roy Moore, the Xian Nationalist, unreconstructed Christian Reconstructionist, and Christian Dominionist who probably got the memorandum about how they aren’t supposed to talk about it in public, but who lets it fly anyway.
Representing the Great Booboisie, Roy Moore says Ellison should not be seated in Congress at all.
Alabama’s voters were wise to reject Roy Moore as governor, after Moore burned the people so badly when they trusted him to be chief justice of the state’s supreme court, and he instead turned the court into a circus of religious pomposity and disregard for the laws of religious freedom. Another History Blog Fisks the manifold, manifest errors Moore makes.
I cannot escape the feeling that Moore is speaking for most Reconstructionists and Dominionists, who claim they wish to take power with the ballot box, but who in their writings are quite clear about how they plan to exercise the power to establish a reign of terror based on odd interpretations of Christian scripture.
And so we come to the saddest and highest irony of all: Moore claims Ellison should not be seated because, according to Moore, no branch of Islam sufficiently backs the U.S. Constitution and the separation of church and state. Of course, Moore himself rails against the separation of church and state at every opportunity. Is Moore saying that he would not take public office himself?
If one were to think that, one would be excusing Moore’s grand, public hypocrisy.
Moore goes after the qualifications for office of Keith Ellison today, because Ellison is Muslim. Who will Roy Moore claim is unqualified tomorrow? Jews? Mormons? Catholics? Baptists who disagree with him? Episcopalians? Methodists?
When Keith Ellison has been sworn in as a Member of Congress, and he raises his right hand while putting his left hand on a copy of the Qur’an, and smiles for his photo with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, every patriotic, Constitution-loving American will cheer.
I predict Roy Moore will scowl. Who knows what Dennis Prager will do.
- This post was selected for the 29th Carnival of the Liberals, which is running now over at Daylight Atheism. Go check out the other posts.
- Wonderful news: Rep. Ellison found a wonderful and original way to tweak the Roy Moores and Dennis Pragers, and especially the Virgil Goodes of the world: Ellison asked the Library of Congress to bring to his swearing-in the copy of the translation of the Qur’an originally purchased by Thomas Jefferson. I blogged about it, with links, here. Go see.