*Ellison would become the first Muslim in Congress if he wins in the district covering Minneapolis and a dozen suburbs.
Douglas J. Hagmann. Director
7 October 2006: Keith ELLISON, candidate for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District and a former member of the Nation of Islam, has received nearly twice as much money in campaign contributions than his opponent, Alan FINE. In a brochure sent by FINE to 100,000 voters, ELLISON was criticized for accepting campaign contributions from questionable sources “having ties to Islamic terrorism.” Equally important but receiving scant attention is the stated objective of Omar AHMAD, a significant donor to ELLISON’S campaign: “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Qur’an should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth”
In September, we raised the issue of a potential constitutional crisis should ELLISON decide to practice his religion, which would require him to swear his allegiance to Sharia over the US constitution.
Now, we are looking at the validity of the charges raised by Alan FINE:
Truth or Political Rhetoric?
Ellison has received financial contributions and other assistance from executives at CAIR. Two CAIR officials have been convicted on terrorism charges: CAIR’s former communications and civil rights coordinator was convicted in 2004 on terror-related charges of plotting to wage violent jihad against the U.S., and the founder of its Texas branch was convicted of terror-related charges.
Also among those who have contributed money to the candidate are an official from a group that participated in a “tribute” to the Islamic Iranian tyrant Ayatollah Khomenei.
HAMMAD, Nehad; 7/22/2006; $2,000.00, Alexandria, VA
–A founding member of CAIR and the public relations director of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP); A civil court judge in Illinois declared that there was “strong evidence that IAP was supporting HAMAS.”
ABO ISSA, Samir; 7/22/2006; $500.00 Falls Church, VA. (Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center):
–Helped post bail for Abdelhaleem Ashqar; Ashqar was indicted in August 2004 on racketeering conspiracy charges in Chicago for allegedly raising millions of dollars for the Islamic Resistance Movement, or HAMAS..
SAYLOR, Corey; 7/23/2006; $1,000.00 Springfield, VA; Government Affairs Director/CAIR
GAZIANI, Shahzeb; 7/22/2006; $500, Plano, TX; Freedom & Justice Foundation/Policy:
–An official with the Peace and Justice Foundation, whose president was a featured speaker at a December 2004 event titled, “A tribute to the great Islamic visionary Ayatollah Khomenei.”
OMEISH, Esam; 4/24/2006; $500.00, Alexandria, VA Self/Physician:
–President of the Muslim American Society, which authorities believe is the political front in the U.S. for the Muslim Brotherhood, the ideological forerunner of al Qaeda and a variety of other Islamic terrorist organizations.
Should we be concerned? That is a questions that the voters will ultimately decide.