Sunday, July 22, 2007

Congressman Keith Ellison and Islam

I became aware of Congressman Keith Ellison after he compared 9/11 to the Reichstag fire in the 1930s at an Atheists for Human Rights at a library in Edina, Minnesota.

I was going to re-visit the freshman congressman's antics today, when I ran into a very good discussion of his place in today's USA. The third sentence in the blog is "Congressman Ellison Carries the Islamists' Water." (It seems to be originally from Congressman Ellison Carries the Islamists’ Water on the Family Security Matters website.)

M. Zuhdi Jasser, the blog's author, wrote, "Mr. Ellison, this is not a crime problem. Radical Islamism is an ideological problem being fed globally by Islamists, jihadists, and Wahhabists who continue to exploit our faith for a transnational global political agenda. Your public remarks were irresponsible and deserve the censure of your colleagues in the U.S. Congress."

Jasser's post has a dense concentration of facts about about Minnesota's strange new congressman. I think it's worth the time it will take to read.

Keith Ellison posts:As the first Islamic member of the American Congress, Representative Ellison deserves some attention. There may be more K.E. posts, given his colorful past associations and current talent for getting in the news.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.