Sunday, December 3
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Apparently, some conservatives are upset with the first Muslim elected to Congress because he plans to carry a Quran to his swearing-in ceremony. I've just gotten used to the notion that it's OK for a gay man to have a sham marriage with a gay woman but not a sincere one with another gay man (conservatives use this argument to prove that gays aren't really discriminated against, and we all know they're just into having a fancy wedding anyway, right?) Now I have to get used to a whole new level of irony... it's OK to swear an oath on a holy book from someone else's religion, but not to use the book you do believe in when elected to office in a country whose holiest document guarantees freedom of religion.
But if that nifty two-ply roll of irony doesn't make your mind implode, let's add a third layer: Does Dennis Prager even REALIZE what the New Testament has to say about swearing oaths?
"Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.' But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
I heart irony!