The new Muslim congressman
According to CNN, Ellison stated:
"I opposed the war before it began. I was against this war once it started and I am the only candidate calling for an immediate withdrawal of troops."CNN also stated:
His religious message is one of inclusiveness.
If all of this is true, it would be great (except for the immediate withdrawal from Iraq). However, The Otter is skeptical. Pro-choice is contrary to what Islam teaches, as is support for Israel and the United States. Either he is being politically correct and hiding his true Islamic sentiment, or he has revised Islam to the point where it doesn't even resemble Islam anymore.
Regarding his Muslim faith, he said, "people draw strength and moral courage from a variety of religious traditions."
"Mine have come from both Catholicism and Islam. I was raised Catholic and later became a Muslim while attending Wayne State University. I am inspired by the Quran's message of an encompassing divine love, and a deep faith guides my life every day."
Ellison's position on the Israeli-Palestinian issue is supportive of the two-state solution and the road map to peace process. He has been critical of the Hamas movement.
"Peace is necessary for both Israeli and Palestinian people, and I wholeheartedly support peace movements in Israel and throughout the region," he said in a statement on his Web site.
He was endorsed by the Twin Cities newspaper, the American Jewish World, which said, "In Ellison, we have a moderate Muslim who extends his hand in friendship to the Jewish community and supports the security of the State of Israel."
Ellison is pro-choice and pro-labor, and supports "universal single payer health care" -- long popular stances among liberals.