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December 26, 2006

Is America's First Muslim Congressman A Closet Radical?

Image: Kieth Ellison, first Muslim elected to Congress. Does he support radical Islamic ideology and the establishment of sharia law in the U.S.? Does he support a group that aims to create Islamic states worldwide, has established roots here in America, and is in the process of executing a flexible, multi-phased, long-term approach to the "cultural invasion" of the West by radical Islam?

Keith_Ellison_MUSLIM_asshole.jpgA reasonable man could easily think so, after all, via the Detroit Press we learn of what Ellison said during a speech at a convention held by an organization that has included among its membership - terrorists such as Mohamed Atta:

Speaking in Dearborn late Sunday night, the first Muslim elected to Congress told a cheering crowd of Muslims they should remain steadfast in their faith and push for justice.

"You can't back down, you can't chicken out, you can't be afraid, you got to have faith in Allah, and you got to stand up and be a real Muslim," Detroit native Keith Ellison said to loud applause.

"Allahu akbar" -- God is great -- was the reply of many in the crowd.

Does this sound like a "moderate Muslim" to you, or does it betray a certain slant toward the support of a Muslim identity that is separate and apart from being an American citizen, and even one favoring a system of Islamic law rather than our Constitution? What justice is he speaking of, sharia law? Although this isn't the first time Mr. Ellison has betrayed his radical Islamic ideological leanings, having already said that he would take his oath of office on the Quran, he is begining to now show his true colors:
osamabinladenImage1.jpgMuslims can help teach America about justice and equal protection, suggesting that Muslim activists may be part of God's plan. He spoke at the annual convention of two Muslim groups, the Muslim American Society and the Islamic Circle of North America. The convention ended Monday morning.

"Muslims, you're up to bat right now..." he said. "How do you know that you were not brought right here to this place to learn how to make this world better? How do you know that Allah, sallalahu aleyhi wasallam," (meaning peace be upon him) "did not bring you here so that you could understand how to teach people what tolerance was, what justice was?... How do you know that you're not here to teach this country?"

The convention, which ends today, drew more than 3,000 Muslims from across the country for an event aimed at revival and reform. It featured workshops and panels on a range of topics from civil rights to politics to how to spread Islam in the U.S.

And just who brought these "3,000 Muslims" together "for an event aimed at revival and reform"? From Powerline we learn that the convention was sponsored by two groups that are closely associated with the Muslim Brotherhood in America:
According to the invaluable report of the Chicago Tribune, the Muslim Brotherhood operates in the United States as the Muslim American Society. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross's "MAS's Muslim Brotherood problem" expands on the meaning of MAS's relationship to the Muslim Brotherood. Like the Muslim Brotherhood and the MAS, the Islamic Circle of North America promotes the establishment of the Islamic system of life. According to Steven Emerson, the ICNA also has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The two groups -- MAS and the ICNA -- hold a joint annual convention.

Since its founding in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood (Hizb al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun) has profoundly influenced the political life of the Middle East. Its motto is telling:
"Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.
Is this what Keith Ellison believes? If not, why is he speaking the (radical Islamic) "party line" before a convention held by those that support positions such as ""Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope"?

Looking at the Chicago Tribune report pointed to by Powerline (referred to above), and reading the excerpts of Elisonson's speech leaves little room for doubt that America's first Muslim congressman just might be other than the moderate that he has portrayed himself to be:

Over the last 40 years, small groups of devout Muslim men have gathered in homes in U.S. cities to pray, memorize the Koran and discuss events of the day.

But they also addressed their ultimate goal, one so controversial that it is a key reason they have operated in secrecy: to create Muslim states overseas and, they hope, someday in America as well.

These men are part of an underground U.S. chapter of the international Muslim Brotherhood, the world's most influential Islamic fundamentalist group and an organization with a violent past in the Middle East. But fearing persecution, they rarely identify themselves as Brotherhood members and have operated largely behind the scenes, unbeknown even to many Muslims.

Still, the U.S. Brotherhood has had a significant and ongoing impact on Islam in America, helping establish mosques, Islamic schools, summer youth camps and prominent Muslim organizations. It is a major factor, Islamic scholars say, in why many Muslim institutions in the nation have become more conservative in recent decades.

Leading the U.S. Brotherhood during much of this period was Ahmed Elkadi, an Egyptian-born surgeon and a former personal physician to Saudi Arabia's King Faisal. He headed the group from 1984 to 1994 but abruptly lost his leadership position. Now he is discussing his life and the U.S. Brotherhood for the first time.

His story, combined with details from documents and interviews, offers an unprecedented look at the Brotherhood in America: how the group recruited members, how it cloaked itself in secrecy and how it alienated many moderate Muslims.

Indeed, because of its hard-line beliefs, the U.S. Brotherhood has been an increasingly divisive force within Islam in America, fueling the often bitter struggle between moderate and conservative Muslims.

Many Muslims believe that the Brotherhood is a noble international movement that supports the true teachings of Islam and unwaveringly defends Muslims who have come under attack around the world, from Chechens to Palestinians to Iraqis. But others view it as an extreme organization that breeds intolerance and militancy.

"They have this idea that Muslims come first, not that humans come first," says Mustafa Saied, 32, a Floridian who left the U.S. Brotherhood in 1998.

While separation of church and state is a bedrock principle of American democracy, the international Brotherhood preaches that religion and politics cannot be separated and that governments eventually should be Islamic. The group also champions martyrdom and jihad, or holy war, as a means of self-defense and has provided the philosophical underpinnings for Muslim militants worldwide.

WorldNetDaily has reported that Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, is linked to a radical Islamic school of thought that requires loyalty to the Quran over the U.S. Constitution. The Conservative Voice holds nothing back and comes right out and says that Ellison is not a 'patriot,' though he claims to be, and that he is a radical Muslim who believes the Koran is above all other documents for it is the divine revelation - that would make the Koran above the United States Constitution:
He believes in the sharia "legal and justice system" which has barbarism as its base. Study Muslim nations to open the eyes to the atrocities carried out via sharia -- females hung from roadway poles, females piled into earth mounds to have their heads bashed in, youths strapped to public posts for lashings and so forth and so forth.

Yet he has been elected to the United States Congress for the purpose of making laws for Americans. Yet he is antithetical to American values, particularly the Judeo-Christian heritage.

His personal involvement in radical Islamic activities and philosophies should frighten every American into watching very closely this newly elected member of Congress. If such a trend continues, America will unravel as a democracy.

Let's not forget that Congressman-elect Keith Ellison is or was a long-time member of the Nation of Islam, did in fact play a hand in the folow-up to the November 20 action by 6 Imams on a U.S. Airways flight that was a pre-conceived exercise in cultural jihad (the six Imams operated straight out of the handbook prepared for the NAIF Imam conference which described how Imams should handle the media - as did Ellison), was heavily supported by CAIR whose goal is nothing less than the replacement of the U.S. Constitution with sharia - Islamic law, but also is likely to have purposefully been involved with the imam scam to undermine U.S. anti-terror efforts.

So, do I believe that Keith Ellison is a closet radical? What do you think? \

Other coverage: Riehl World View says Muslims Have Nothing To Teach America:

When he suggests Muslims can teach America about tolerance and justice, Ellison is stealing from the legacy of Blacks in America and attempting to somehow link Muslims to that struggle. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Given that it's Ellison who wants to inject Islam into politics, what Muslim nation is it that Ellison can point to as an example of a tolerant and just society? Which great Muslim leaders is it he can hold up as examples of an enlightened vision for peaceful co-existence with other religions? I see no great Muslim legacy at all when it comes to advancing human or civil rights.

Related: The Imam Scam and the Democrats' House of Games

Cross posted at Hyscience

Posted by Richard at December 26, 2006 9:19 PM

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