After being outed for speaking in
front of an organization, the Minnesota
chapter of the Muslim American Society (MAS-Minnesota)
– as the group was calling for the murder of Jews and the waging of war against
non-Muslims – United States Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) has gone
back for a repeat performance. Yet,
while Congressman Ellison continues his outrageous conduct, he still gets
rewarded with invites to sit on Congressional entities highly inappropriate for
someone such as himself. Why?
For well over five years, since at
least December of 2002, MAS-Minnesota propagated hatred
on its website aimed at Jews and Christians. Up until recently, when the pages containing
the offending material were removed, the following quotes could be found on the
Holy Prophet (and through him the Muslims) has been reassured that he
should not mind the enmity, the evil designs and the machinations of the
view of the degenerate moral condition of the Jews and the Christians, the
Believers have been warned not to make them their friends and confidants.”
you gain a victory over the men of Jews, kill them.”
Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone
behind which a Jew will be hiding will say, ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew
hiding behind me, so kill him.’”
Allah destroy the Jews, because they used the graves of their prophets as
places of worship.”
As well, there were quotes calling
for violence in the name of Islam and praising terrorist organizations. They included:
Muslim must always worship Allah and wage jihad until death in order to
reach his ultimate goal… Regularly make the intention to go on jihad with
the ambition to die as a martyr.”
[Islamic] revolution... has been crystallized in the steadfast, brave, aware
Islamic resistance movement ‘Hamas’... Hamas is an embodiment of the
Palestinian People’s belief in its Muslim and Arab origins, and a
testimony that this people is still alive and will never die and that its
jihad will be carried on by pure hands and clean hearts until victory is
achieved with the will of Allah.”
secularism moved into a Muslim world already estranged from its Qur’anic
roots, and delayed its advancement for centuries, and will continue to do
so until we drive it from our lands. Moreover, we will not stop at this
point, but will pursue this evil force to its own lands, invade its Western
heartland, and struggle to overcome it until all the world shouts by the
name of the Prophet and the teachings of Islam spread throughout the
All of the above statements were located on the MAS-Minnesota website, when U.S. Representative
Keith Ellison gave
the keynote address at the group’s 4th Annual Convention, in May of 2007. This fact was pointed out by this author on a
number of occasions. Never once has the
Congressman ever condemned the statements or MAS-Minnesota
for placing them on its site. Instead,
he has elected to remain silent about the issue. But that makes sense, considering the fact
that he just spoke in front of the group yet again.
month, from May 23-24, MAS-Minnesota
held its 5th Annual Convention,
entitled ‘Islam: Faith & Life... Continuing the Good Work.’ One of the speakers for the event was
“unindicted co-conspirator” of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade
Wahhaj. Giving the keynote address, as
he did last year, was Ellison. This
information was found on the homepage of MAS-Minnesota’s
site, but like the group’s hate quotes, it was removed.
Co-sponsoring this year’s event
Relief (IR), a group that Israel
has labeled a front for Hamas. On the
flyer for the convention, next to the IR logo is an image of the state of Israel
dressed to look like a blood red rose, the head of the stem resembling a green
hand flashing the Palestinian “victory” sign, whilst clutching onto a
Ellison’s attendance at these two MAS
conventions is not a fluke. Ellison has
participated in a large number of other radical Islamist events, including
functions for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA),
the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), and the Muslim Public Affairs
above, one would have to wonder how it could be possible for someone such as
Ellison to be appointed to Congressional forums against anti-Semitism and against
terrorism, but that is just what has happened.
The Congressional Task Force on Anti-Semitism (CTFAS), founded
by the now deceased Representative Tom Lantos, had not formally gotten off the
ground yet – it still hasn’t – but one of the first things the group did was to
appoint Keith Ellison as a member. Its creation was announced
on July 31, 2007. Ellison joined
the group 19 days later, on August 19.
On February 12, 2008, this author and
the group he chairs, Americans Against Hate, took
a delegation to meet with United States Representative Ron Klein
(D-Florida) to discuss this matter with him.
Representative Klein co-chairs CTFAS with Mike Pence (R-Indiana).
We sought to convince Klein to remove Ellison from the group. We showed the Congressman a number of
documents proving our point, including screenshots of the offending MAS-Minnesota web pages and the program
from the November 2008 North American Imams Federation (NAIF) conference, where
Ellison had spoken, featuring Ellison’s image directly next to that of Siraj
Wahhaj (mentioned earlier) and Al-Qaeda web designer, Mazen Mokhtar.
Unfortunately, even after viewing such overwhelming evidence,
Representative Klein refused
to remove Ellison from the task force.
And the task force is not the only group he should be removed from.
On January 30, 2007, six months prior to the establishment of
CTFAS, Representative Sue Myrick (R-North Carolina), along with Representatives
Bud Cramer (D-Alabama), Kay Granger (R-Texas), and Ben Chandler (D-Kentucky) announced
that they had formed a new bipartisan Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus. It was heralded as a breakthrough, as it
showed that members of Congress were finally beginning to recognize the problem
– finally they were beginning to “get it.”
However, when viewing the ‘Congressional Caucus Memberships’
page on the government website of Representative Ellison, one finds out that
Ellison, as well, sits
on the anti-terror caucus, a group that many hoped would target
organizations Ellison is affiliated with.
According to Myrick’s office, caucus members “attend
meetings where experts give presentations regarding terrorism and jihadist
ideology.” But how effective could it
be, if the group allows a “jihadist” like Ellison to join, essentially giving
him cover to continue his egregious activities?
This month, Cairo, Egypt’s Al-Ahram Weekly reported on a video
conference taking place in Washington,
D.C., featuring Ellison, which
the publication sat in on. There,
Ellison discussed what he felt was the need for American Muslims to gain political
power, an “Arab-Muslim lobby,” so that they could push for things they felt of
importance to them, such as pro-Palestinian issues.
Ellison, later, was asked about American Muslim non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) and their effectiveness.
He stated, “[A] lot of these NGOs are really doing a good job, but they
still have a lot of work to do, like the Islamic Society of North America, the
Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the Muslim American Society. But we still need more people to get involved
and more groups starting up.”
Representative Keith Ellison’s Islamist connections make him
a danger to America. If Keith Ellison gets his wish, radical
Muslims will, one day, be able to move their extremist agenda forward. If you ask him, that agenda is one of peaceful
coexistence. If you ask this author,
that agenda is Hamas and the destruction of the United States as we know it.
Keith Ellison’s continued presence on Congressional groups
based on fighting anti-Semitism and terrorism makes a mockery of those groups. It subverts those groups’ stated goals, and it
renders them virtually useless. To
preserve the integrity and effectiveness of the organizations, he should be
removed from them immediately.
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor,
assisted with this report.