Talk Show Host Under Fire For "Anti-Islamic" Comments

December 8, 2006

Author: Matthew Borghese

Source: All Headline News

Washington, D.C. (AHN) - Columnist and radio talk show host Dennis Prager is at the center of a religious controversy, and is being accused of spouting anti-Islamic comments when he said a Congressman should have used both a Koran and a Bible when they were sworn in to the legislature.

Prager said that Muslim Congressman-elect Keith Ellison's intention to take the oath of office on only a Koran "undermines American civilization."

However, Prager says, "I have never bashed Islam in my life."

"I've written 1,000 columns, many on the Islamic world. I have been in broadcasting for 25 years. I've studied Arabic and Islam. I was a fellow in the Middle East Institute of Columbia University, where I did my graduate work."

Yet, Prager wrote, "Insofar as a member of Congress taking an oath to serve America and uphold its values is concerned, America is interested in only one book, the Bible. If you are incapable of taking an oath on that book, don't serve in Congress."

Now, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wants the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to remove Prager from the council of governors.