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Monday, December 04, 2006

Minneapolis Star Tribune vs. Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager is amazing. Contemptible, yet amazing. He spent all three hours of his program today repeating the same wrong assertions he’s been making in his defense ever since his first round of idiotic objections to Rep. Keith Ellison being sworn into office on the Koran.

Prager is the guy who keeps digging when he finds himself in a deep hole. To those who pointed out that the Constitution, not the Bible, is the most important text in the history of this country, Prager bellowed, “What did we have before the Constitution? We had values! What were we, just a bunch of animals!!?”

No, Mr. Prager, we had law, English common law. You can’t run a city, let alone a nation on “values.” A value like “personal liberty is to be desired except when it conflicts with that of another” sounds nice, but is too abstract and vague to substitute for codified law. And you won’t find such a value expressed in the Bible anyway. Prager delivered another howler right before the end of his show. He said that Biblical values are the foundation of America and enable Keith Ellison to take his oath of office by swearing on the Koran. If anyone can find and quote anything from the Bible that resembles the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and religion, I’ll eat this blog with mustard and green relish.

Here’s a witty, concise editorial from the Minneapolis Star Tribune putting Prager in his place.


Noah provides some history refuting Prager and information on the swearing ceremony, which only makes Prager appear lazier and more ignorant than he did before.

Ol’ Froth helpfully provides us with Article VI of the Constitution, which Prager is either unaware of or unable or unwilling to understand.

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