We have reported extensively on the Congressional campaign of Keith Ellison (formerly known by aliases including Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison and Keith Ellison-Muhammad). Ellison’s history includes an association with the Nation of Islam that extended over at least nine years, about which Ellison has repeatedly lied. Those lies have been repeated as facts in the local press, even though they are easily disproved by reference to local newspaper articles. As a radical activist, Ellison also has a long history of support for gang members and others who murder policemen–a history from which Minnesota’s mainstream media have resolutely averted their eyes.
Still, though, word of the seamier side of Ellison’s character appears to have percolated into the awareness of quite a few voters, mainly through Scott’s efforts. How else explain the fact that CAIR, a terrorist-linked organization, has bought time on local television for an ad that tries to distance the Muslim religion from mass murder:
Alarmed by the furor surrounding Muslim Fifth District congressional candidate Keith Ellison, a national Islamic group is targeting Minnesota with an “anti-terror TV ad” blitz disavowing ties between Islam and terrorism.
The campaign, “Not in the Name of Islam,” will begin airing Wednesday on cable networks statewide and during Monday night’s Vikings game.
The new Minnesota ad is meant to distance Islam from terrorism, but it has added fuel to the fire over Ellison’s ties to some Muslim figures, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
CAIR’s effort is fundamentally misguided, I think, and attacks a straw man. The relevant question is not whether Muslims in general support terrorism. The questions are 1) whether CAIR, Ellison’s patron, supports terrorism, and 2) whether Ellison himself has a long history of advocacy in favor of gang members and other criminals who murder and attempt to murder policemen. CAIR’s ad, needless to say, sheds no light on these issues.
But it may shed some light on whether Ellison is cruising to victory quite so easily as had been expected in Minnesota’s heavily Democratic 5th District.