Rep. Keith Ellison's testimony

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  • Updated: March 10, 2011 - 10:23 AM

Ellison's testimony to the House Committee on Homeland Security, as prepared for delivery.

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flhagens53Mar. 10, 1110:56 AM

Good for you, Keith, well said. I am proud to know you.

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csjohnMar. 10, 1111:08 AM

Rep. Pete King is a reactionary throwback to the worst days of the McCarthy hearings during the early 50's. That he would use his position as committee chairman to conduct his witch hunt challenges all the progress we have made in civil rights. Demonizing any religion or ethnicity is an example of America at its worst. King brings shame on Congress, shame on America and further erodes the already low esteem Congress has brought upon itself.

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fuzzy48Mar. 10, 1111:42 AM

A very intelligent piece from Mr. Ellison... It's just too bad more people won't pay attention to the message. It's a good one.

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e86558Mar. 10, 1111:58 AM

Rep. King was recently quoted as saying- "I want to encourage people in the Muslim community ... to be more aggressive in choosing their leaders," he said. "I don't think the leadership right now -- groups such as CAIR -- are doing an adequate job. I think in some ways (they're) doing a very poor job of representing the Muslim-American community." I think it is hearings like this that prove that America as a whole faces the problem of electing people who do not represent our communities. Rep. Ellison, thank you for not making me one of those people. Your comments were thoughtful and well put together. It makes me proud that we have a representative that can get national recognition (cnn today) for something positive and constructive, vs divisive and full of rhetoric.

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birdpeepMar. 10, 11 1:34 PM

Ellison is quick to bring up McVeigh as a fair comparison to Ellison's people slaughtering people in the Twin Towers, nightclubs, and markets around the world. I would accept that comparison if McVeigh had shouted 'praise The Lord" or "Jesus Saves" as he blew up the Federal builing. or maybe if ANY other religious sect in the world had a sizeable per centage of the group who believed that Jews are the devil, infidels must be killed, drawing a likeness of their deity, such as Jesus, was grounds for death, or any of the many unreasonable and dangerous tenants of the religion which Ellison believes cannot even be examined. Until islam has a reformation and is brought out of the mentality of the sixth century world view many of it's adherents subscribe to, all non Muslims must remain vigilant.

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pollypaMar. 10, 11 1:48 PM

beware of any religion that uses politics to advance beliefs. if we lose rights because some christian or other group tells us how to live ,we don,t deserve freedom.

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robko626Mar. 10, 11 1:55 PM

@birdpeep - Ellison's "people" aren't doing the terrorism. But thank you for that great example of ignorance about Islam -- espeically as it's practiced today.

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PoliticalpuckMar. 10, 11 8:02 PM

Representative Ellison's testimony today was a sacred effort on behalf of reason. My only question is how can Minnesota send a good soul like Keith Ellison to Congress while at the same time "giving" the nation the often angry, always suspicious Michelle Bachman?

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