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Video: Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison sobs in testimony during King hearings
Hotair ^ | 03/10/2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 03/10/2011 10:43:52 AM PST by SeekAndFind

There is little doubt that Mohammed Salman Hamdani died a hero on 9/11. The Pakistani-born American, just 23 years old, tried rescuing people from the World Trade Center when the buildings collapsed, killing him as well as almost 2800 others in the worst terrorist attack on American soil. Hamdani had planned a life of service to his community, working as a paramedic and then as a cadet for the New York Police Department. His heroic death was significant enough to get an explicit mention in the USA Patriot Act in its condemnation of bigotry against Arabs and Muslims.

Even so, this seems a little, er, over the top:

Rep. Keith Ellison, one of two Muslim members of Congress, broke down in tears while delivering his testimony in defense of the Muslim community during a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing Thursday. …

“His life should not be identified as just a member of an ethnic group or just a member of a religion, but an American who gave everything for his fellow Americans,” he said.

The hearing, officially titled “The extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community and that community’s response,” were initiated by committee chairman New York Republican Rep. Pete King and have been criticized as a “witch hunt” in the days leading up to the meeting. King defended the hearings, saying that “to back down would be a craven surrender to political correctness.”

The problem with describing these as “witch hunts” is that there were no actual witches to be found. In this case, we’ve not only been repeatedly attacked by radical Islamists from abroad, but also from within as well. Anwar al-Awlaki has American citizenship, for instance, and has become one of the most dangerous terrorist leaders in the world. He inspired Major Nidal Hasan’s massacre at Fort Hood, Faisal Shahzad’s attempt to bomb Times Square, just to name two recent plots, and may have had a hand in the Zazi plot as well.

King and others in this hearing have gone out of their way to repeat that they are looking into radical Islam as a major problem in home-grown terrorism. Even that won’t satisfy Ellison, who seems determined to shout (or sob) down any attempt to talk about the nature of radical Islam and the threat to national security it represents as somehow an attack on all Muslims. Ruth Marcus isn’t fooled:

To listen to King’s critics, you would think he was urging modern-day internment camps for Muslim Americans. In a letter to King on Monday, more than 50 progressive groups slammed him for “singling out a particular community for examination in what appears to be little more than a political show-trial.” …

At the same time, it is a parody of political correctness to argue that a hearing on domestic terrorism cannot focus solely on the Muslim community to be acceptable.

Neither is Peter Wehner, who rebuts an unusually silly attack by Peter Beinart in his latest column:

Political Islam is a real and lethal phenomenon. Those who are carrying out attacks, like Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood killer, and Faisal Shahzad, who was charged in the attempted bombing in Times Square, are doing so in the name of Islam. The problem therefore inherently defines itself in religious terms, making it qualitatively different from the examples Beinart uses. There is nothing analogous to Islamism in Christianity or Judaism right now. Now you can believe, as I do, that al-Qaeda’s interpretation of Islam is perverted and corrupting — but to deny the role political Islam plays in terrorism is delusional. …

Even Attorney General Eric Holder said in an interview that the alarming rise in the number of Americans who are eager to kill their fellow citizens “is one of the things that keeps me up at night. The threat has changed from simply worrying about foreigners coming here, to worrying about people in the United States, American citizens — raised here, born here, and who for whatever reason, have decided that they are going to become radicalized and take up arms against the nation in which they were born.”

So are we supposed to pretend that terrorist attacks on Americans aren’t rooted in a particular strand of Islam?

And is Congress supposed to ignore the threat that Holder and Janet Napolitano have reported to them simply because it makes Keith Ellison cry? Let’s not forget that American heroes like Mohammed Salman Hamdani died because we didn’t take the threat of radical Islam abroad more seriously. Let’s not continue to make the same mistake about radical Islam here at home.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: islamist; islamoratjackwagon; keithellison; muslim; peterking

1 posted on 03/10/2011 10:43:54 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, Ellison, time to look in a mirror. When have you ever spoken loudly in opposition to radical Islam? Oh, never, right.

2 posted on 03/10/2011 10:49:18 AM PST by Seruzawa
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To: SeekAndFind

Did he weep for America on 9/11? Or his 19 mooslimb buddys?

3 posted on 03/10/2011 10:53:48 AM PST by ColdOne (AZamericonnie took my tagline & won't give it back!":))
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To: SeekAndFind

King needs to have Allen West on the panel.

4 posted on 03/10/2011 10:56:32 AM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: SeekAndFind
This guy is a Worthless POS and should not be in congress,By these actions we now see where his loyalties lie,What is this Braindead fools views on the Fort Hood shooter?? Doing Allahs work I would assume,Recall that Bastard.
5 posted on 03/10/2011 11:05:55 AM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Seruzawa

Cry me a river mr. muslim ellison.

6 posted on 03/10/2011 11:08:40 AM PST by rep-always
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To: SeekAndFind

Here come those tears again, just as I was getting over them...

7 posted on 03/10/2011 11:10:50 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: rep-always

Time to man-up and grow a pair.


8 posted on 03/10/2011 11:12:02 AM PST by super7man
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9 posted on 03/10/2011 11:12:38 AM PST by super7man
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To: SeekAndFind

Here's Naveed Haq, who killed one and wounded 8 in a shooting spree at The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. He gained access to the secure building by holding a gun to the head of a 12 year old daughter of a worker while she contacted the receptionist.

My wife was CFO there until about a year before the shooting. If she had still been working, she would have been shot. Her friend is dead.

"Prosecutors also introduced as evidence audio recordings from 10 phone calls that Haq placed to his family after his arrest. In the calls, recorded by the King County Jail, Haq told his mother he was “a soldier of Islam.”

Witnesses testified that Haq, who is of Pakistani heritage, railed against Jews and U.S.-Israeli policies as he opened fire at the federation.

On the 911 tape, Haq said he was tired of the world ignoring the Muslim point of view.

“I don’t care if I die,” Haq told the dispatcher. “This is just to make a point.”

10 posted on 03/10/2011 11:22:27 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Allah sucks pig teat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

11 posted on 03/10/2011 11:22:57 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ellison took his oath of office on the Koran, and probably his oath as a witness too. Like swearing with your fingers crossed.

12 posted on 03/10/2011 11:32:11 AM PST by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The rest of us weep every time another life is lost to jihad. The rest of us weep to think that there are too many on the left who welcome the Muslims as if they are normal, mainstream Americans.

13 posted on 03/10/2011 11:42:18 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: SeekAndFind
He describes the guy as a "moslem-American". What the heck is that? moslems are not a race. They can best be described as a nationality since islam is a socio-political construct. A construct which has at its core the mandate to displace everything that is not islam. Screw that! Their goal is to remove our republic and replace it with sharia law. No thanks!

islam has no place where free people live. It does not allow freedom of thought, action or expression. It is solely interested in having everyone kneel before it.

The islamo facists, like the Democrats have a very deep seated desire to tear down the United States. islam wants to kill Amwerica to control the people here. The Democrats are just sickos who I think find the idea of America being destroyed entertaining.

This hearing is a good start because some folks might learn something but it does me no good. All I ever needed to know about islam I learned on 9/12. Count me out. I have no desire to pray out in to space while sniffing some guys ass. That is for idiots.

14 posted on 03/10/2011 12:11:19 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: isthisnickcool

Dude, there are three times when a man should cry:

1) When his children are being born

2) When his favorite team wins World Series/Super Bowl


3) When someone just nails him right in the gonads!

15 posted on 03/10/2011 1:01:11 PM PST by gman992
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To: gman992

“3) When someone just nails him right in the gonads!”


3) When his little girl drives off to go to college.

Makes me cry just thinking of it.

16 posted on 03/10/2011 1:04:51 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Weasel Zippers: “You Know the Story Ellison Told During King Hearings That Brought Him to Tears? Yeah, It’s a Total Crock of...”

17 posted on 03/11/2011 8:23:03 AM PST by anglian
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