|U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 5th District|
From: January 3, 2007-Present
|Predecessor||Martin Olav Sabo|
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Spouse(s)||Kim Ellison (divorced)|
Democrat Keith Ellison, born August 4, 1963 (age 53), is the first Muslim to serve in the United States Congress. He represents the 5th Congressional District of Minnesota which is comprised heavily of Somali refugees. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he converted from Catholicism to Islam while in college. Ellison is quite controversial due to his past ties with the radical Nation of Islam; he has also been accused of having had "involvement" in anti-Semitism. In 2007, Mr. Ellison compared the Bush Administration to Nazi Germany. Ellison indicated the Bush Administration staged 9/11. Ellison says he is pro-gay (taqiyya).
It is traditional for newly-sworn members of the House of Representatives to repeat their oaths with their hand on a Bible for photographers. When Ellison was ceremonially "sworn-in," he used a Quran that once belonged to Thomas Jefferson.
Ellison went to an Islamic hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in the winter of 2008, becoming the first U.S. congressman to make the pilgrimage. After claiming he paid for the trip, it was determined to be paid for by a U.S. group tied to Muslim extremists, the Muslim American Society of Minnesota. A group founded by the Muslim Brotherhood, which Ellison claims not to know anything about.
Ellison is a progressive who in 2015 attempted to deny Geert Wilders the right to enter the United States.
The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to defund ACORN, 345-75 on September 17, 2009. Seventy-five Democrats [Ellison] stood with ACORN and voted no. This despite nationwide attention related to voter fraud and recent revelation of ACORN's ties to prostitution including child trafficking and defrauding the IRS.
Message of peace for Assad
Ellison traveled with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Damascus to visit Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in 2007. The visit occurred despite protests from the US State Department and Bush White House for fear of delivering mixed signals to the Assad regime. USA Today headlined a story declaring the Democratic delegation brought "a message of peace for Assad". In 2011, the Democratic administration of Barack Obama, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced, "Assad must go", unleashing the Syrian Civil War which has claimed 300,000 lives. One third of all Syrians as of 2016 are homeless, and 6 million Syrian refugees have entered Europe, straining the European social system. Bashar al-Assad remains firmly in power, now supported by Russian troops in Syria.
- Keith Ellison's office hangs up on WND WorldNetDaily, June 17, 2009
- I Don’t Know Anything About The Muslim Brotherhood, Weasel Zippers, July 22, 2012
- House votes to cut off funding, but 75 stand by ACORN, Washington Examiner, September 17, 2009