Friday, March 11, 2011

Keith Ellison: Tool of Tools

Was Rep. Ellison’s Tearful Testimony Entirely True?

Posted on March 10, 2011 at 11:01pm
by Meredith Jessup

During his early morning testimony Thursday, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., recited the tragic story of 23-year-old Mohammed Salman Hamdani, a brave first responder and New York City Police cadet who rushed to aid his fellow countrymen as the Twin Towers burned on September 11, 2001.

Breaking into tears, Ellison decried “some people”’ who “tried to smear [Hamdani's] character solely because of his Islamic faith.”Some people spread false rumors and speculated that he was in league with the attackers only because he was Muslim. It was only when his remains were identified that these lies were fully exposed. Mohammed Salman Hamdani was a fellow American who gave his life for other Americans. His life should not be defined as a member of an ethnic group or a member of a religion, but as an American who gave everything for his fellow citizens.

Ellison is right: Hamdani died a hero and should be remembered as such. But in using Hamdani‘s story to make a statement condemning Thursday’s hearings on Muslim radicalization, National Review’s Matthew Shaffer points out how Ellison only viewed him as a political prop.

While Ellison expressed disgust over “rumors” about Hamdani being associated with terrorists following 9/11, these are the facts...


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