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Keith Ellison, one of two Muslim members of Congress, has drawn a Tea Party challenger who says she is running because she believes Ellison is a “radical Islamist.”

Lynne Torgerson wrote a post last week on the website of Tea Party Nation on the need to ban Shariah in the U.S., and her claim that Ellison sees Islamic law as supreme:

I, Lynne Torgerson, am running for Congress in Minnesota, against radical Islamist Keith Ellison.  Keith Ellison fails to oppose banning Islamic Sharia law in the United States.  He accuses people of trying to ban it as “conspiratorilists.” [sic] Keith Ellison also fails to support that the United States Constitution should be supreme over Islamic Sharia law.

Torgerson actually ran last cycle, garnering 4 percent as an independent. A Minneapolis criminal defense attorney, her campaign website was dominated by critiques of Islam:

“And, what do I know of Islam? Well, I know of 911.”

And here’s a video uploaded yesterday of Torgerson asking Ellison at an event whether he believes Shariah or the U.S. Constitution should be supreme in the United States.

“I believe that the United States Constitution, which has been amended well over 25 times, is the bedrock of American law,” Ellison says. “This whole movement to ban Shariah — bills like this have been introduced in 22 states — in my view is a very thinly disguised effort at religious persecution of people that are Muslim.”

Original post: Muslim Rep. Ellison draws anti-Muslim Tea Party challenger


  1. We witness this bigotry every single day. In this present news cycle the scape-goat of the day is Islam and the practitions of this faith. It is sad and weary-ing to me as I hear these new expressions of hatred and blame and fear. Do these emotions of hatred/ blame and fear undergird what is best in our society? Of course they do not! Yet time and again hatred and blame and fear seem to dominate any conversation or potentiallly positive dialogue between the champions of our society and ordinary practioners of Islam. When will this life lesson be learned? The more we practice hate the more we will be hated, the more we seek to blame- the only ones left to blame will be us, the more we surrender to fear- we will trust no one. I pray to the One, the Beloved that the flames of hatred/fear/blame will be doused in the Living waters of Love and compassion. Peace and blessings to you all

  2. There are groups here that have been actively calling for the overthrow of the US government for DECADES, yet no Republicans are speaking against them (at least publicly).

    Why is this? The answer is, they are not Muslim, they are Christians.

  3. omg…these, lawyerly political answers are driving me crazy. can someone please answer a straight forward question with a straight forward answer. does allah, as set forth in the koran, want fornicators lashed 100 times? does allah want adulterers stoned to death as the prophet did?


    what groups are you talking about. as salem said, please be specific.


    i agree whole heartedly. fear is the worst emotion to guide our actions. but do you not think that the abrahamic religions are based on fear, fear of damnation? how often do you think the word fear appears in the torah/bible/koran as opposed to the word love? how often is the threat of damnation used. have you read the koran? do you not believe that the god of abraham destroyed sodom and gamorrah? did it not flood the earth, killing all but noah and his family? is it not a vengeful god? striking fear into the hearts of men. is there not a great chastisment awaiting the “unbelievers” – buddists, hindus, christians, jews, zorostians, bahai, ahmadi, shinto, animists, etc etc?

    [10.13] And certainly We did destroy generations before you when they were unjust, and their apostles had come to them with clear arguments, and they would not believe; thus do We recompense the guilty people. [10.14] Then We made you successors in the land after them so that We may see how you act.
    [10.15] And when Our clear communications are recited to them, those who hope not for Our meeting say: Bring a Quran other than this or change it. Say: It does not beseem me that I should change it of myself; I follow naught but what is revealed to me; surely I fear, if I disobey my Lord, the punishment of a mighty day.

    so am i guilty for not seeing the clear communications?

  4. israfel,

    was looking quotes on gold and came across this

    [22.18] Do you not see that Allah is He, Whom obeys whoever is in the heavens and whoever is in the earth, and the sun and the moon and the stars, and the mountains and the trees, and the animals and many of the people; and many there are against whom chastisement has become necessary; and whomsoever Allah abases, there is none who can make him honorable; surely Allah does what He pleases.
    [22.19] These are two adversaries who dispute about their Lord; then (as to) those who disbelieve, for them are cut out garments of fire, boiling water shall be poured over their heads.
    [22.20] With it shall be melted what is in their bellies and (their) skins as well.
    [22.21] And for them are whips of iron.
    [22.22] Whenever they will desire to go forth from it, from grief, they shall be turned back into it, and taste the chastisement of burning.

  5. Rep Keith Ellison enjoys a safe democratic seat so its unlikely he will lose in next years election. I’m more concerned about Ellison’s former association with The Nation of Islam and his current association with HAMAS linked CAIR.I also find it interesting that he did not state that the Constitution is supreme and above Shariah in the United States.

  6. Keith Maurice Ellison (born August 4, 1963) is the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, serving since 2007. This man has been serving this great country since 2007 in the House of representatives. He hasn’t changed his name to fit the Muslim tradition nor has he put his religion as a forefront to making decision on this country. How in the hell can you say he is a Radical Muslim? The only thing I see that is Radical is the Radical Christian person making the charge. This man has served under GW Bush and no one had a problem with his faith. Until these Radical Christian called the T.E.A. Party decided to make war with anyone who doesn’t look like them! You Fools!!!

  7. To be specific, other groups have not been called to the U.S congress for hearings of radicalism simply because this country is historically racist and bias against non whites. Proof, has this country had one hearing on the patriotism of the Ku Klux Klan? Despite it being born out of confederate armies opposing the Federal Government; why the hypocrasy?

    We have neo nazis throughout the United States and in the prisons, when will congressman Pete King call for a hearing on the patriotism of nazis? Last I checked we fought a war against them and they were responsible for some of the worst war crimes in human history including against Americans.

    When Senator Obama ran for President his patriotism was called into account, whereas former President Bush and his family’s patriotism has never been called into account despite Prescott Bush’s loaning of money to Hitler in 1942.

    Let us not talk about the USS Liberty and the sinking of it by Israel in 1967 yet no one questions the patriotism of Jewish Americans or the relationship with Israel, yet how many Muslims have paid for what happened to the USS Cole in 1998?

    This is the hypocrasy of White America, where race is patriotism, and religion is patriotism as long as it is judeo-christian. Certainly to ask a Muslim is the U.S Constitution superior to Islam a ridiculous question. No Jewish American nor Christian would claim the Bible inferior to the U.S Constitution, this is a form of fallacious reasoning we need to learn the differant types of fallacies. If I’m wrong it’s my mistake and if I’m right it’s from Allah, I hope that we will introspect and come to sensible terms on these issues.

  8. To Mike, in fairness the Holy Qur’an talks more about paradise than any other religion, and the Divine attributes of Ar Rahman (The Most Merciful), Ar Raheem (The Especially Merciful), Ar Ra’uf (The Exceedingly Merciful) are found throughout the Qur’an. The Qur’an talks about charity, treating parents with respect, and protecting orphans. These are the verses that get ingored by Islam’s opponents. Yet in the Bible 1st Samuel 15:3 it points out clearly that innocent men, women and even infants are lawful to the sword. How can such hypocrasy be ignored by us? In fairness the Bible does mention charity, respecting parents and other values but those go without question because they get recited all the time while the other verses in the Bible are hidden.

  9. Keith Ellison has used a variety of names prior to his successful run for Congress as “Keith Ellison” as the following investigative report shows.

    “Although Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison claims to have converted to Islam as an undergraduate, he appears to have arrived in Minneapolis for law school as an acolyte of the Nation of Islam. Betweeen 1989 and 1998 Ellison adopted names including Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison, and Keith Ellison-Muhammad while promoting Nation of Islam doctrine, representing the Nation of Islam, and holding himself out as a member of the Nation of Islam running for office. When Ellison first ran for office in 1998 he did so as a self-proclaimed member of the Nation of Islam under the name Keith Ellison-Muhammad.”

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