Speaking in Dearborn late Sunday night, the first Muslim elected to Congress told a cheering crowd of Muslims they should remain steadfast in their faith and push for justice.
"You can't back down. You can't chicken out. You can't be afraid. You got to have faith in Allah, and you've got to stand up and be a real Muslim," Detroit native Keith Ellison said to loud applause.
Many in the crowd replied "Allahu akbar" -- God is great.
Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat elected to the U.S. House in November, has been the center of a national debate in recent weeks over Islam and its role in politics. Ellison has said he would take his oath of office on the Quran, the Muslim holy book, igniting a storm of criticism from some commentators.
If you recall it was Ron Jr. in June 2004, during the eulogy of his father (and former President) Ronald Reagan, who warned us of political figures who “wear faith on their sleeves.” Since being elected to the US Congress, Ellison has donned his Muslim faith as if it were a sweat suit.
I’ll give Ronnie Jr., a self-proclaimed atheist, a few days to let this soak in. It would stand to reason that he will remain consistent in his criticism of politicians who vigorously profess their respective faiths, right?
In actuality, I would be shocked to hear Reagan criticize Ellison. The comments Ronnie made in the eulogy of his father were merely a gratuitous shot at President Bush.
If asked about Ellison, Ron Jr. will prove once again, as he did in the ’04 presidential campaign, that he’s nothing more than a lefty political hack.