Re: Keith Ellison, Where Are You?

by Andrew C. McCarthy

I think it would be very entertaining to watch Daniel Pipes debate Keith Ellison, or Keith Hakim, or Keith Ellison-Muhammad, or whatever other names he’s using these days. To get prepared for the debate, besides Daniel’s own essential work, I’d highly recommend Scott Johnson’s Ellison profiles at the The Weekly Standard and Powerline.

Maybe Ellision, the great supporter of Israel and interfaith dialogue, can enlighten us about his activism on behalf of Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam; his support for Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) to speak at his law school on the subject “Zionism: Imperialism, White Supremacy or Both?”; or, in more recent times, his support for Sami al-Arian, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader convicted for conspiring to support terrorism. Maybe Ellison, the great believer in peaceful resolution of conflict, can address his support for convicted cop-killers (including leading one courthouse demonstration with the chant of “We don’t get no justice, you don’t get no peace”), and for the “flying imams” who terrified the passengers and crew of a U.S.Airways flight in 2006. Maybe Ellison, the great believer in religious tolerance, can explain why he recently berated Dr. Zuhdi Jasser — an authentic Muslim moderate who opposes Islamist groups like CAIR who flock to Ellison – for being a traitor who licenses anti-Muslim bigotry.

Maybe . . . but I doubt it.