I'll forgo any pretense of being shocked or even the least bit alarmed at finding out that our first Muslim member of Congress has been caught on tape displaying sympathy for crackpot...Well, let's hear it in his words:
It's almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that. After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it and it put the leader of that country [Hitler] in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted. The fact is that I'm not saying [Sept. 11] was a [U.S.] plan, or anything like that because, you know, that's how they put you in the nut-ball box -- dismiss you.Yeah. It would be nice, because there's something in the phrasing that might put the nutballs in your debt.
It even seems you had a connection to the Flying Imams case. Back in law school days, and
Over the imprecations of his Jewish classmates...Ellison helped bring raving anti-Semitic Nation of Islam speaker Kwame Toure to the the University of Minnesota Law School itself in February 1990.So I can't dismiss you because you're a U.S. congressman and a Muslim, and I'm an open-minded, all-American separation-of-church-and-stater who is simply delighted at this proof of our country's cultural diversity, its ability to absorb so many - what's the word? - worldviews, I guess, into its governing mechanism. I was astounded to find out that you were born and raised Roman Catholic, went to a Jesuit high school, and then in college, at age 19 (modern catechesis being what it is), converted to Islam. And not just any Islam, but the Sunni variety. It's amazing what happens to some kids when they go off to college; you know, too much partying and drinking, grades start to fall. Some of them even lose their capacity for ratiocination. Permanently. But not you. You continued your spiritual journey, graduated, and got a law degree - that latter thing (not to mention your being black and Muslim) virtually guaranteeing you'd fit into the system somewhere.
As a public figure in private practice Ellison befriended the gang leader whose minions committed the most notorious cop killing in Minnesota history. Ellison's contributions included leading a mob chanting "no justice, no peace" outside the courthouse in support of one of the defendants subsequently convicted of the murder of the police officer.
Frankly, I'm amazed at the dexterity with which you pull off being a thorough-going liberal and a Muslim (Sunni-type!) at the same time. I've heard that most Muslims hate abortion, but you're in favor of it. (All right, so you're technically pro-choice.) And you don't think gay marriage is a concern of the federal government. And you're in favor of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian 'problem'. And I feel safe in assuming you're all in favor of women's equality. I doubt most Sunnis care much about your other issues, like instituting universal health care and impeaching Dick Cheney, but, considering how far you've come already, I feel confident it's just a matter of time before you convince King Abdullah Bin-Abd-al-Aziz Al Saud of the error in his thinking about women, talk bin Laden into liking us, and completely pacify the Sunni triangle in Iraq. The abortion stuff and the coddling of homosexuals might take a little longer, but it's doable.
A religious test for office? It's unconstitutional and therefore unthinkable. I say the more Muslims the merrier. How about a Muslim president? I wonder what would happen then? It's exciting to think about.
You're such an inspiration that I think more people ought to know about you, and so as a courtesy I'm supplying some helpful links. Gratis. No thanks necessary.
At Powerline: a bit of Ellison's history
At Commentary: their blog...
...and an article.
And at the Weekly Standard, Scott Preston's article
The article at Atheists for Human Rights, wherein can be found a link to a video of the event in question