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Ex-Nation Of Islam “Muslim” Wins MN Primary

From the Minnesota Star-Tribune:

Ellison: 'We brought together all colors, faiths'

Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune
September 13, 2006

…Ellison received 41 percent of the vote in a three-way race many thought would be won with a percentage in the mid-30s. The candidate will face Republican Alan Fine, Independence candidate Tammy Lee and Green Party member Jay Pond in November.

His campaign gambled on volunteers, direct mail and a massive get-out-the vote effort instead of a higher profile media campaign. Ellison preached peace and inclusion, labor and the environment.

“People are yearning for a vision of our country that includes everyone,” he said. “People are yearning for a vision of our country where we talk it out internationally before we shoot it out.

President Bush espouses what Ellison calls “an ownership” society. “You’re on your own and lots of luck. Government’s not going to help you. If you’re a soldier, we’re not going to help when you get back,” Ellison said…

As soon as Ellison beat former state DFL Chair Mike Erlandson, former state Sen. Ember Reichgott Junge and City Council Member Paul Ostrow, state GOP Chair Ron Carey slammed Ellison, calling him “a national embarrassment for his radical views.”

“Ron Carey’s … trying to defeat Democrats. It’s simply his strategy in a competitive process. On the ideas front, conservatives are failing,” Ellison said…

But Ellison found himself facing questions about his ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in the 1990s, in part because of his work helping organize the Million Man March. After he eased those concerns, he found himself explaining his messy personal affairs — dozens of unpaid parking tickets, a driver's license suspension, unpaid federal income taxes and campaign finance reports that didn't get filed

"I have the passion of Wellstone and the practicality of Sabo," Ellison told delegates when he won the party's endorsement. A criminal defense lawyer by profession and a voracious reader with a gift for speech, Ellison delivered a rollicking acceptance speech at the endorsing convention that had many in the room on their feet and recalling Wellstone's abilities…

Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale backed Ellison as did influential Wellstone friends, Sam and Sylvia Kaplan, who hosted a well-attended fund-raiser for him…

He was raised Catholic and comfortably middle-class, one of four sons. He converted to Islam while at Wayne State University. In adherence to Muslim law, Ellison doesn't drink alcohol or eat pork. His wife isn't a Muslim, but the couple is raising their children in the faith. He attends the Masjid An-Nur mosque led by North Side native, Makram El-Amin…

Hey, what could be better than a Farrakhan follower how doesn’t pay his taxes or even his parking tickets and who doesn’t bother to follow the laws and who wants to emulate the lunatic socialist rabble rouser Paul Wellstone?

Well, how about if on top of all of that Ellison was hand-picked by the terrorist front organization known as CAIR?

You can read all about it in this piece by Joel Mowbray:

CAIR's Congressional Candidate

September 12, 2006
By Joel Mowbray

Today's Democratic primary in Minnesota's very blue fifth Congressional district could prove historic. If he wins, Keith Ellison would be all-but-assured to be the first Muslim ever elected to the U.S. Congress. It would also mark the first time that someone ascended to Capitol Hill courtesy of key support from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Ellison has received financial and other help from executives at CAIR, which has deep connections to supporters of Islamic terrorism. Also among those who have contributed money to the candidate are an official from a group that participated in a "tribute" to the Iranian despot Ayatollah Khomenei and leaders of what is considered the political front in the U.S. for the Muslim Brotherhood."  …

Read the rest of Mowbray's article at Real Clear Politics.

By the way, here is Mr. Ellison’s Masjid An-Nur mosque:

Old mosque

But don’t worry, they have just broken ground on a new multi-million dollar project to build a more suitable place. This is an architectural rendering of the finished product, which will feature the first minaret in Minnesota:

Minnesota's first minaret

And here we were laughing about the sad state of the Netherlands.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 13th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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