Thursday, January 04, 2007

New U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, Are We Worried Yet?

If you're not, then maybe you should be.

Today, Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota was sworn in on the Koran, the holy text of Islam which teaches there is no other god but Allah and there's no such thing as separation of church and state.

Mr. Ellison choose to take his oath of office to serve the United States---with its history of freedom of religion and separation of church and state---on a book that promotes total intolerace of all religions except Islam and the subjugation, conversion or death of all those who ultimately refuse to embrace it. In other words, on a religion whose more extreme elements are at war with the United States and ultimately all countries that are not under Muslim rule and control.

Many sects of Islam also subjugate women, kill homosexuals, abolish economic and religious freedoms, and seek to exterminate every last Jew on earth, not to mention seek to destroy Americans and our way of life.

At its heart, the more radical forms of Islam here have as its ultimate goal the replacement of the U.S. Constitution as the highest law of our land with that of Sharia law, or the code of law derived from the Koran and from the teachings and example of the prophet Mohammed.

By all indications, this is not Mr. Ellison's brand of Islam (he was raised a Catholic here in the U.S. and converted to Islam in college.) However, there is little doubt that Ellison is and will continue to be used as a tool by the more radical elements of Islam in this country:

Both before and after being elected, Ellison was embraced by CAIR, an organization that promotes Muslims in America and is partially funded by more radical Middle Eastern factions of Islam with a clear political agenda of disruption here in our country.

Ellison also recently became involved in the Flying Imams controversy in Minneapolis in which a group of imams who boarded a US Air flight started acting funny and were subsequently removed from the plane after passengers became alarmed by their outlandish behavior. The imams later whined that they were victims of religious discrimination and thus deserved apologies from the company and money to compensate them for their pain and suffering.

Oh please.

Anyway, whatever Ellison's brand of Islam, it is clear he has been fully embraced by the more radical elements of Islam in our country and if you're not concerned by this, then you probably are not paying attention.

Islam is not the religious or political heritage or history of our land, and to be sworn into public office using the Koran should be a deeply troubling event for all those who love our country and value its freedoms.

Finally, can you image a Muslim in a foreign country saying he wanted to be sworn in using the Bible? If he wasn't murdered on the spot, he'd probably get his hands cut off for such an outlandish intention and run out of the country.

The most tolerant country in the world met the most intolerant religion in Washington, D.C. today in an quiet event that could have frightening repercussions for all of us in the years to come, as many Muslims consider it the first olive out of the bottle.

Robert Spenser at Jihad Watch discusses his concern over Ellison's choice here. He also brings up the point that the Koran sanctions lying to non-believers for political expediency.

Stay tuned and please remember the cost of freedom, the freedoms we take so wildly for granted in this swinging time of anything-goes-political correctness, is eternal vigilance.

Are you "vigilating?"

God bless America.


GumbyAnne said...

For most of us living in Minnesota who are actually familiar with Ellison's record, all of this outrage seems a little over-the-top.

Before anyone gets bent out of shape, I hope they take the time to look into Rep. Ellison's record and some of the other details of his life.

You can't pin him with "Muslims want to convert or kill everyone." The biggest piece of evidence for this is that his wife is not even a Muslim. It is pure alarmism to say that someone who won't force is religion on his wife is going to force it on the rest of us.

The fact that some Muslims are oppressive of women, homosexuals and Jews is undisputed, but you cannot possible implicate Rep. Ellison in this. In fact, he has made his name here in Minnesota politics by standing up for gay rights and women's reproductive rights at every opportunity in the state house of representatives. Also, he received the endorsement of the biggest Jewish newspaper in MN, even though his republican opponent was a Jew.

You can disagree with his politics and that is fine, but to try to portray him as a screaming reactionary jihadist who wants to hurl us back into the 7th century is just dishonest.

Webutante said...
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Webutante said...

These are all very good comments you've made and I appreciate your taking the time to write them. I can only say that I hope you're right about Ellison. What, me be wrong!? How can that be?

I am being silly and I hope and pray you're right though I am still concerned over his use of the Koran. Time will of course tell.