Move over, Dick Durbin. Another Dem compares Bush to Hitler.
This was Rep. Keith Ellison, a Moslem speaking to a smattering of atheists
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Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota is a Democrat. His byline reads Democratic-Farmer-Labor, but that's what they call Democrats up there. Congressman Keith Ellison is a 21st century Dem in the mold of Senate Dem Whip Dick Durbin.
"It's almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that," Mr Ellison said. "After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader [Hitler] of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted."
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Ellison, a Moslem, gained some notoriety earlier this year by taking his oath of office with his hand on Thomas Jefferson's translation of the Koran; however, he uttered those words to five score or so members of the group Atheists for Human Rights.
That bizarre group reports on their web site:
Our public forum with Rep. Keith Ellison on July 8 was the best ever! For once we had a member of Congress publicly and forcefully not only defending state-church separation but being totally accepting of atheists. Yet, for some Christians -- and even atheists! -- who were not at the forum, it seems that, since Ellison is a Muslim, he has no business being a decent, patriotic American who supports state-church separation, and he must be lying.
I'm a Christian, and I have no problem whatsoever with Congressman Ellison addressing whatever. He is a Democratic politician, and they do these things.
From Minnesota's Star Tribune:
"You'll always find this Muslim standing up for your right to be atheists all you want," Ellison, the first Muslim to serve in Congress, said in a speech to more than 100 atheists at the Southdale Library in Edina. As Minnesota's first black member of the U.S. House ends his first six months in office, Ellison did not disappoint a crowd that seemed energized the more pointed he made his opinions.
On impeaching Cheney, which the Minneapolis DFLer supports: "[It is] beneath his dignity in order for him to answer any questions from the citizens of the United States. That is the very definition of totalitarianism, authoritarianism and dictatorship."
On calling the war in Iraq an "occupation": "It's not controversial to call it an occupation -- it is an occupation."
On commuting the prison sentence of Cheney aide Lewis Libby: "If Libby gets pardoned, then he should not have the cover of the Fifth Amendment. He's going to have to come clean and tell the truth. Now, he could get Gonzales-itis [referring to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales], you know, with 71 lapses of memory within a two-hour period."
But the most appalling, of course, was the direct comparison of President Bush and Adolf Hitler.
In response, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency observes:
Adolf Hitler, then the German chancellor who was unable to obtain a Nazi majority through democratic means, used the Feb. 23 1933 burning of the Reichstag as a pretext to impose police powers. It is still unclear who was responsible for the fire.
Defending his comments to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Ellison said: "In the aftermath of a tragedy, space is opened up for governments to take action that they could not have achieved before that." He cited the Iraq war and parts of the Patriot Act, which granted the government greater arrest and surveillance powers after the Sept. 11 2001 terrorist attacks.
Ellison, the first Muslim ever to serve in Congress, earned the endorsement of top Jewish figures in Minnesota after he repudiated a brief mid-1990s association with the Nation of Islam, a militant black anti-Semitic group.
Senator Dick Durbin is no longer the only famed Nazi hunter amongst Democrats.