Written by Andrea Lafferty
Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) who was first elected to Congress in 2006, recently gave the keynote speech at a forum in Washington, D.C. The forum, "Engaging The Muslim World - Challenges and Opportunities" was sponsored by the U.S. Institute Of Peace (USIP).
In his speech, Ellison claimed that "violent extremism with a Muslim veneer is essentially a post-colonial reaction" and the result of a "political environment rooted in grievance."
Ellison claims that the Jihadists are engaging in worldwide terrorism because they're angry about Western colonialism in the past. This is wrong. Ellison clearly hasn't studied the violent history of Islam.
Ellison is portraying a false view of why the Jihadists hate Western Civilization. The Jihadists are killing "infidels" (all non-Muslims) because the Quran (supposedly the revelation of Allah to Muhammad) demands that faithful Muslims kill or enslave anyone who refuses to acknowledge Allah or submit to Islam.
The Jihadists have waged relentless warfare against the West since the 7th Century when Muhammad sent his armies to conquer, kill and enslave. They have never needed "colonialism" as an excuse to kill infidels. They kill because they're told to kill as part of their religious duty. Killing non-believers in Islamic theology is a sacrament - like taking communion or being baptized in the Christian faith.
In the past centuries, there were two great waves of Islamic imperialism. The first wave of Islamic invasions began in 622 with Muhammad leading his armies to slaughter infidels. The second wave began in 1071 and lasted until 1683 when an Islamic army was destroyed at the Battle of Vienna (Austria) by a coalition of Polish, Prussian and Austrian forces. The Christian victory at the Battle of Vienna saved Europe from Islamic slaughter and enslavement.
The Quran tells faithful Muslims that they must kill non-Muslims or enslave them. In addition, Islamic Shariah law is to be imposed on the whole world. Thus, Islam has always been an aggressive, merciless political system that seeks to dominate the world through the sword.
According to Ellison, "... the United States has more Muslims than many countries that are considered Muslim countries ... the United States is part of the Muslim world." What does this mean? In Islamic theology, the entire world is to be forcibly brought under the domination Islam so the world will be at "peace." Is this Ellison's hope for the future?
Last year, Ellison took a Hajj to Mecca. His trip was paid for by the Muslim American Society, which is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in America. The Muslim Brotherhood is a group that has declared war on the United States and Western Civilization. In fact, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Akram, wrote a memo describing how his group was determined to destroy the West.
According to Akram, Muslims in America "must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim's destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack."
Is Rep. Ellison aware of this memo by Mohamed Akram? If so, does he care? Is he helping to sabotage the West as a Member of Congress? Is he loyal to the U.S. Constitution or loyal to Shariah law, which demands absolute submission to the demands of the Quran?
It is instructive to know that Ellison was sworn into office by putting his hand on the Quran, not on the Bible. He is the first U.S. Representative in history to do so.
The Quran he used was Thomas Jefferson's copy. According to Ellison: "The very foundation of our nation, the authors of our Constitution impressed, is religious freedom, and the use of Jefferson's Quran shows that the founders not only knew of the Quran but also used it."
Wrong. Jefferson read the Quran to understand the kind of merciless Muslims the new United States was going to be dealing with in the future. He and John Adams were dealing with the Muslim Barbary pirates who were seizing ships and enslaving the ship crews in the Strait of Gibraltar. Jefferson was studying his enemy's war manual.
Doesn't Ellison know this? A simple Google search on the history of Thomas Jefferson's Quran would have told him.
Given Congressman Ellison's association with radical Islamic groups, it is hard to believe that he knows so little about the radical goals of the Jihadists.
A good first step in separating "good" non-violent Muslims from the terrorist variety would be for people like Mr. Ellison to step forward and condemn the violent ones by name. If a Congressman is too frightened or too corrupted by Saudi money to do this -- how can we expect mere citizens to stand up to the Jihadists?