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Mayor Converts To Islam – Guess Party

It’s once again time to play our favorite game, “Guess That Party Affiliation.”

From an elated Associated Press:

US mayor converts to Islam

Friday, February 2, 2007
MACON, Georgia

Macon Mayor Jack Ellis has converted to Islam and is now working to legally change his name to Hakim Mansour Ellis.

Ellis, who was raised Christian, said Thursday that he became a Sunni Muslim during a December ceremony in the west African nation of Senegal.

"You do it because it feels right," said Ellis. "To me it’s no big deal. But people like to know what you believe in. And this is what I believe in."

Ellis said he has been studying the Quran for years and that his new religion was originally practiced by his ancestors before they were brought to North America as slaves.

At the request of his two of his daughters, Ellis said he will keep his last name the same.

Ellis has not ruled out future runs for elected office after his term expires this year. But he said he had not made any calculations for how his religious conversion might affect him politically. He said he is an American first and is proud to live in a country founded on religious freedom…

Ellis said Muslims should not be painted with a broad brush simply because of a few radicals.

"If anybody wants to know about Islam, I can hold an intelligent conversation," Ellis said. "What I’ve found is how little we know about the religion."

Of course Mayor Jack Ellis Hakim Mansour Ellis is a lifelong Democrat. But the AP didn’t think its readers deserved to know that.

Ellis said he has been studying the Quran for years and that his new religion was originally practiced by his ancestors before they were brought to North America as slaves.

Apparently, Mayor Jack Ellis Hakim Mansour Ellis knows as little about history as he seems to about Islam.

Islam was forced upon his ancestors by the very people who enslaved them.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, February 3rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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