Watch for him to burst into tears any minute: Ellison comments on the fact that some people noticed the reptilian nature of his tears at the King hearings. "Keith Ellison Shrugs Off Conservative Mockers," by Evan McMorris-Santoro at TPM, March 17 (thanks to James):
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) isn't sweating the mocking his emotional testimony before Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) hearings on Muslim extremism last week generated from the right.
Asked by TPM Wednesday about the drubbing he's received from conservative pundits since he teared up before King's panel, Ellison basically said, what else is new?
"Well, you know, I don't anticipate some people will appreciate everything that I say and stand for," he said. "But I'll say this: American people realize that when we say freedom and justice for all, that means all. You know, Muslims too."
I'm all for that, of course. That's why I oppose Sharia in the U.S., since it would institutionalize oppression of women and non-Muslims. Since Rep. Ellison is all about "freedom and justice for all," I am confident that he is ready to endorse the anti-Sharia initiatives being considered now in various states. I look forward to your statement to that effect, Congressman.
Ellison said it's open season on the right when it comes to Muslims.
"Open season"! Poor choice of words, whether Ellison or the journalistic tool Evan McMorris-Santoro is responsible. One need only look at people like Khalid Aldawsari, the would-be jihad mass murderer in Lubbock, Texas; Muhammad Hussain, the would-be jihad bomber in Baltimore; Mohamed Mohamud, the would-be jihad bomber in Portland; Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood jihad mass-murderer; Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square jihad mass-murderer; Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the Arkansas military recruiting station jihad murderer; Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be Christmas airplane jihad bomber; and so many other jihad murderers and would-be murderers, and easily conclude that there is open season on non-Muslims. But open season on Muslims? That's just Leftist/Islamic supremacist fantasy.
"Look there is an organized anti-Muslim industry in the United States," he said. "It's Pam Geller, it's Robert Spencer, it's Steve Emerson...it's Frank Gaffney. They're well-known entities."
"They sell books doing this, they tell people they're counter-terrorism experts, and you know," Ellison added. "But what does that have to do with the whole economic discussion we've been having?"
Yeah, let's have that economic discussion. Let's have a discussion about the $13,350 Ellison accepted from the Muslim American Society to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca.
And what is the Muslim American Society? The Muslim Brotherhood. "In recent years, the U.S. Brotherhood operated under the name Muslim American Society, according to documents and interviews. One of the nation's major Islamic groups, it was incorporated in Illinois in 1993 after a contentious debate among Brotherhood members." -- Chicago Tribune, 2004, via the Muslim Brotherhood's English-language website, Ikhwanweb.
The Muslim Brothers "must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and "sabotaging" its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions." -- "An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America," by Mohamed Akram, May 19, 1991.
Imagine if a conservative Congressman had taken a trip that had been paid for by a Christian group that was, according to one of its own documents, dedicated to "eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house" so that Christian law would replace the U.S. Constitution. I expect we would hear more of an outcry than we are hearing about this.