Minnesota’s own Keith Ellison is the DNC chairman wannabe with a past. He’s a past and long-time local advocate of the Nation of Islam who claims not to have picked up on the doctrines of the hate cult until well into his tenure. Since he abandoned the Nation of Islam and turned or returned to Islam, Ellison has been a friend of CAIR and other radical Islamist front groups such as the Muslim American Society and the Islamic Circle of North America. See, e.g., Dennis MacEoin’s 2010 Middle East Quarterly article “Keith Ellison’s stealth jihad.”
The MAS and ICNA are very bad Islamist groups. The MAS, for example, was founded as the American arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. For more on the MAS, this this backgrounder by the Investigative Project on Terrorism. For more on ICNA, see this backgrounder by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
Continuing his past association with the MAS, Ellison was scheduled to speak at the 15th annual MAS/ICNA annual convention in Chicago after Christmas alongside a variety of extremist speakers. On December 15, our friends at the Middle East Forum and other allied organizations disseminated research to national media outlets on several dozen speakers due to share a platform with Ellison at this year’s MAS/ICNA get-together.
Ellison really wants that DNC gig in the worst way. He has therefore had second thoughts about publicly associating with his friends at this year’s MAS/ICNAevent. That’s the inference to be drawn from the Middle East Forum’s announcement yesterday that Ellison has opted out of this year’s big MAS/ICNA event.
I will only add this footnote. I am quite sure that Ellison’s friends at the MAS and ICNA will be more forgiving of his second thoughts than his former friends inside the Nation of Islam. Ellison’s friends at the MAS and ICNA know that his heart remains with them even though circumstances have intervened to discourage his appearance with them this year. One way or another, he’ll be back.