The wingnuttiness of Prager is finally having some blow-back. Dennis figured he'd get the wingnut base all riled up because the Koran was involved. Attacking Muslims is fair game to his kind. Well, he's getting hit hard by Ed Koch. Good for him.
SNOW: Dennis Prager admits he's become a lightning rod in what is turning out to be a war of sorts over holy books. It started with the debate over the bible being used during swearing-in ceremonies and is growing wider.
Prager is not being a lightening rod. He's being a racist jackass...
ED KOCH (D), FMR. NEW YORK MAYOR: This particular act, which was a stupid act, is certainly a bigoted act.---We will not tolerate never again animus and vitriol against a people on the basis of their religion.
CNN's TSR transcript:
Prager is the conservative radio talk show host who took aim at newly elected Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison, who is planning to use a Koran during a private swearing-in. Prager says America, not Ellison, should decide the book used.
PRAGER: I have no problem as such with his taking his oath on his holiest book. I have a problem with the bible not being present at all. That's what I wrote. That's what I keep saying.
SNOW: But Prager is now coming under fire himself from former New York City Mayer Ed Koch.
ED KOCH (D), FMR. NEW YORK MAYOR: This particular act, which was a stupid act, is certainly a bigoted act.
SNOW: Koch serves alongside Prager on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, which oversees the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. He wants Prager removed from the board.
KOCH: We will not tolerate never again animus and vitriol against a people on the basis of their religion.
SNOW: Prager insists he is not taking aim at Islam. He is Jewish and says while other Jewish lawmakers have taken the Hebrew bible with them to be sworn in, he says he would take both the old and new testaments.
PRAGER: As a Jew, I do not want this country to abandon its Judeo-Christian values. I will get hurt. That so many of my fellow Jews do not recognize this is a colossal tragedy.
SNOW: As for the Holocaust Memorial Museum's position, it released a statement saying, "Talk show host Dennis Prager speaks solely for himself. His statements do not reflect the position of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, whose board is not self-appointed."
(END VIDEOTAPE) SNOW: Members of the council are appointed by the White House. Now, the controversy is expected to come up at the council's next meeting on Monday -- Wolf.