Comments: I Swear...

You considered Prager intelligent? He is the very definition of a pseudo intellectual, though maybe you see that now.

Posted by Freddy at November 29, 2006 12:58 AM

Actually, separation of Church and State should mean that we shouldn't use the Koran, we shouldn't use the Bible, we shouldn't use any religious book at all.

Posted by Jon Tyken at November 29, 2006 01:39 AM

Steve's right. Ellison should be allowed to use the Koran. Prager's wrong about Jews taking oaths on the new testament. Most Jewish public officials that I know have used the Old Testament to swear on.

Posted by Ev at November 29, 2006 03:06 PM

I've agreed with Prager on some things in the past, but to use a technical legal term, this "argument" of his is totally fucking retarded. As someone who's in court nearly every day, I don't ever recall an oath being sworn "on" a book at all: just raise your right hand and swear to whatever.

Posted by Dave J at November 29, 2006 09:23 PM

I believe that it is part of the law that either an Oath can be sworn, OR (if your religion forbids taking an oath or you are opposed to oath-taking in some way) an affirmation can be made.
Not particularly troubling either way. I just wonder why Prager, an orthodox Jew who would probably choose to affirm if asked to stand as a witness in a court of law, wouldn't offer that as an option for Ellison.

A friend of mine blogged on this very topic with a bit more legal and historical insight to boot.

http://mechqar.blogspot.com/2006/11/yeesh.html

Posted by Dan at November 30, 2006 05:24 PM
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