Monday, December 25, 2006

Keith Ellison: Muslims here to teach America.

Politics: Once this gets around, looked over and scrutinized Goode is probably going to get more fan mail. There is so much red meat its like herd of cattle.

Speaking in Dearborn late Sunday night, the first Muslim elected to Congress told a cheering crowd of Muslims they should remain steadfast in their faith and push for justice. "You can't back down, you can't chicken out, you can't be afraid, you got to have faith in Allah, and you got to stand up and be a real Muslim," Detroit native Keith Ellison said to loud applause.
But Ellison said in Dearborn that Muslims can help teach America about justice and equal protection, suggesting that Muslim activists may be part of God's plan. He spoke at the annual convention of two Muslim groups, the Muslim American Society and the Islamic Circle of North America. The convention ended Monday morning. "Muslims, you're up to bat right now..." he said. "How do you know that you were not brought right here to this place to learn how to make this world better? How do you know that Allah, sallalahu aleyhi wasallam, (meaning peace be upon him) did not bring you here so that you could understand how to teach people what tolerance was, what justice was? How do you know that you're not here to teach this country?" The convention, which ends today, drew more than 3,000 Muslims from across the country for an event aimed at revival and reform. It featured workshops and panels on a range of topics from civil rights to politics to how to spread Islam in the U.S.
He cautioned though that there might be more anti-Muslim attacks in the future. "We're going to continue to face them," Ellison said. "They're not going to stop right away. But if you, and me too, stick together, if we believe in Allah, sallalahu aleyhi wasallam, if we turn to the Quran for guidance, we'll find an answer to the questions we have. And we will find that we are an asset and a plus not only to our own community, but to this country, and to this whole world." Ellison vowed to use the Quran during his swearing in ceremony next month. "On Jan. 4, I will go swear an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. I'll place my hand on the Quran," Ellison said while placing his hand on the lectern, to loud applause and cries of "Allahu akbar." He urged Muslims to thank God for testing them over the past several weeks. "Before you begin to think that some hardship has befallen you, you need to stop and thank Allah," Ellison said. "Because this controversy has...made people dust off their Constitution and actually read it ."
#Update: This story has hit the AP wire so it will get around. One other point I made in the post below was I didn't think he was going to go Galloway on us but going over the comments I would say he did especially about teaching America. That will not go over well as people could gleefully make a point of saying how can Muslims teach us anything when nearly all Muslim-dominated countries intolerance of others seems to be the norm. I have a feeling these comments are going to bite him hard.

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