Tuesday, November 14, 2006

First Muslim Congressman: Keith Ellison

I have posted quite a few times about the MSM phenomenon of changing Muslim names to American ones when a crime is committed...

Suleyman al-Faris was called John Walker Lihd (even though it was reported that he had dropped his father's name when he found out he was gay).

John Allen Muhammad, the DC sniper who had legally changed his name, was called John Allen Williams by the press.

Abdullah al-Muhajir, arrested for plans to detonate a dirty bomb, was called José Padilla.

...and I have to think that this practice is what got Keith Ellison elected in Minnesota. If he would have run using any of his Muslim names: Keith E. Hakim, Keith X. Ellison, and Keith Ellison-Muhammad, I doubt this Muslim convert with ties to Farrakhan and anti-Semitism would be heading to Congress to be sworn in on the Qur'an.

You know if an article from Cornell brings up concerns it must be an iffy proposition:

"And, to be fair, there were valid questions about Ellison.

Did he stand by articles he had written in law school defending Nation of Islam leader and avowed anti-Semite Louis Farakhan?

Did he share the extreme views of other American Muslim leaders who had donated to his campaign?

And, most importantly for many Jewish voters, how did he feel toward the State of Israel?

He has been less forthright about his association with some unsavory American Muslim leaders, such as Council on American-Islamic Relations Director (CAIR) and Hamas supporter Nihad Awad..." (source)

I don't really know much about the man, and there isn't that much online that isn't editorialized --maybe he's a great guy. I just think that if you convert at 19 and change you name it's disingenuous to change back when it fits your agenda... Just as it's purposefully misleading when the drive-By media does it.

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