UPDATE: Bad News Islamo-fascists, the first Muslim in U.S. Congress
Back on Keith Ellison has been elected, he becomes the voice of default for America's Islamic community.
He will not be able to avoid doing so. As the first Muslim to serve in Congress, the press will grant him national notoriety hanging on his every word. His voice will supercede and overwhelm the relatively anonymous Imams.
If Ellison harbors any support for Islamic terrorists, he will lose office and political career in two years. If he attempts to straddle the fence like Ibrahim Hooper has, he will further define the John-Kerry indecisveness of his Democrat party. If he speaks out against Islamic terrorists, of course, he will set a tone for Muslim citizens that has been missing and engender healthy debate.
The Islamic spokesperson role is looking hopeful for lawyer Ellison, who once had ties to the Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan. Ellison, a criminal defense attorney who converted to Islam in college, denounced Farrakhan. "We were able to bring in Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists," he said. While he has called for immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, he breaks from conservative Muslims by favoring gay rights and abortion rights.
Ellison's wife, Kim, is raising their four children in the Islamic faith, but she is not a Muslim, so don't look for her in a hijab. Ellison will take his Washington oath of office on the Qur'an, and unroll his prayer rug five times a day, bending on his knees facing Mecca. Ellison received financial support from Muslims across the country and has close ties to CAIR, but his home district includes half of Minnesota's Jewish population.
Will Ellison denounce the 9-11 terrorist attacks or subsequent atrocities? Probably not. Will he support the Islamic extremist position of imposing Sharia law on the United States? Definitely not. We shall see how well he defends the security and Constitution of the U.S. within the next two years, however.