Feb 25 2010
America’s first MUSLIM congressman, Keith Ellison, may end his career as a freshman at the hands of Lynne Torgeson, savvy Minneapolis lawyer who is running as an independent this year in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District.
Last week I posted this story about an anti-Shari’a candidate running for Congress: vijay-kumar-the-first-anti-sharia-candidate-for-congress Now, thankfully, we have another:
Torgerson’s website: TORGERSON FOR CONGRESS
Minneapolis lawyer Lynne Torgerson, who’s running as an independent to unseat 5th District DFL congressman Keith Ellison, stands by her assertion that he’s “not an appropriate person to have in Congress.” But she says her position has nothing to do with his Islamic faith. Rather, she said Tuesday, it has to do with what she calls his “cozy” relationship with the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
“It’s because of his behavior, not because of his faith,” she says. “People are free to worship any way they want.”
Keith Ellison challenger, Torgerson, says Islam promotes criminal behavior.
Lynne Torgerson, who wants to unseat U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison in Minnesota’s 5th District, says she’s “big on freedom of speech and freedom of religion, as establishment by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
“What do I know of Islam? Well, I know of 911. Nineteen (19) men from Saudi Arabia, all Muslim, hi-jacked planes, and flew into the two (2) World Trade Towers murdering thousands of people, and tried to fly into our Pentagon, and some believe they also tried to fly an airplane into our White House. From this, what I perceive is Islam conducting an act of war against my country.”
“We simply went too far with Keith Ellison. Keith Ellison simply is not a proper person to have in our federal government. … Keith Ellison has no business in our federal government,” she writes.
The Quran actually teaches Muslims to kill people not of their faith, which includes Christians and Jews, which are labeled infidels. (“Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush.: (Sura 9:5)). This is advocating criminal behavior. Thus, at a minimum, this portion of the religion of Islam cannot be protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It is not “religion” recognizable under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
In an interview with the Minnesota Independent, she said, “I don’t want other cultures coming into the United States and chilling our freedoms.”
Ellison is an American convert to Islam to whom this kind of language is nothing new. In 2006, Glenn Beck once confronted him on a cable news show this way: “Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.” To which Ellison replied: “Let me tell you, the people in the Fifth Congressional District know that I have a deep love and affection for my country. There`s no one who`s more patriotic than I am, and so you know, I don`t need to — need to prove my patriotic stripes.” CITY PAGES
What’s the CAIR connection? A Texas jury convicted five Holy Land Foundation organizers in 2008 of funneling money to the Palestinian group Hamas, which the U.S. government has labeled a terrorist organization. CAIR was listed as an unnamed co-conspirator in that case, a designation it fought with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union because, CAIR said, it unfairly tarnished their members.
A number of conservative activists, lawmakers and journalists, however, say CAIR is a terrorist front. And the FBI has subpoeaned documents obtained by the authors of a new book published by the right wing news site NewsMax that are used to link CAIR to HLF. The documents were obtained by one of the book’s co-author’s, who posed as a Muslim and worked at CAIR in Washington D.C. CAIR was about to comply with a federal court orderd to return the pilfered documents when the FBI came calling.
Ellison has supported the group and spoken at its gatherings aimed at generating better understandings between Muslims and non-Muslims. He has known the group’s leader since the two were at college together, and has received campaign donations from some of its members. For Torgerson and others, these items are strung together in a chain of guilt-by-association that suggests Ellison is in bed with terrorists. CITY PAGES
Ms. Torgerson has just won an important decision from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, overturning Minnesota’s Massachusetts-like Supreme Court. Her victory on behalf of her client whose habeas corpus rights were apparently violated is certain to enhance her chances of unseating the CAIR-associated Mr. Ellison. Named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the successful prosecution of The Holy Land Foundation, the Council on American Islamic Relations has maintained its ties with Mr. Ellison who is one of its staunchest supporters. Numerous CAIR officials have been convicted on terrorism related charges. Nihad Awad, the group’s director is on record supporting HAMAS and the recently convicted Holy Land Foundation, a HAMAS front group. JSTREET JIVE