Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) went on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to argue that if we do not accept the Muslim refugees we would simply be reinforcing ISIS’ narrative about us. Sadly, Ellison neglects to mention that it doesn’t matter what we do ISIS and their supporters would continue to hate us and try to kill us.
Margaret Carlson: Since the Paris attacks as you go about your business on the Hill and hear your colleagues saying we’ll accept Christians possibly but not Muslims, what do you say to them? How does that make you feel? You’re a protected class as a Congressman, as a Muslim, but what do you say to them to try to walk that back?
Keith Ellison: I say Congress shall make no law establishing a religion or the free exercise thereof. That is first clause of the First Amendment. I’m telling you that these folks are letting fear make them forget our constitution and they shouldn’t do it.
The fact of the matter is, is that we don’t do that. That’s not who we are as a nation and also tactically it’s a big mistake. Because remember, Daish (Islamic State), their primary argument is that the West is at war with Islam and Islam is at war with the West. If we start saying Christians but no Muslims, aren’t we reinforcing their narrative?
No, we have to say, they’re not representing anything but totalitarian, murderous extremism and we represent civilization, civility, tolerance, inclusion. That’s who we are and that’s who they are. We should never forget that…
I’m feeling a resurgence and a need to assert a Muslim-Americanness and tolerance and inclusion and respect… As some folks who are of other faiths fear Muslims, Muslims are saying they’re trying to assert their belonging into this society.
My constituency in the 5th [Congressional] district of Minnesota is mostly not Muslim. They know I’m Muslim. We’ve seen people all over this country voting more, participating more, volunteering more. And I just think that we need to continue on that trend.
You know, the truth is, the Japanese-Americans fought most valiantly in World War II, you know that, right? This is — it’s a fact that people who sometimes have their loyalty questioned, become the most patriotic and loyalty [sic] and I believe that’s what’s going on now. Although, people do feel a little — some people feel kind of bad. Some parents feel a little worried for their kids.