Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Our Reluctant but Effective Ambassador

In the minds of many Islam and terrorism are synonymous. Many Americans look at the Middle East through us vs. them lenses and for see ongoing holy war. Many speak of this in cosmic terms -- no longer east versus west but now Christian/Jewish versus Islam. On the other side of the coin many see the US as the Great Satan.

In to the middle of all this steps Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). A freshman congressman he is being closely scrutinized, with people watching to see if he's "sleeping with the enemy." I have written before in support of him on this blog and elsewhere, and from what I can see he's done his job well.

He'd rather not be our roving good will ambassador to the Islamic world -- he'd instead like to work on protecting people from predatory lenders and represent the people of his district -- Muslim and non-Muslim. But at a time when America is deeply embedded in two wars in Muslim lands, it is not possible to simply focus on such things.

An article at the Politico website details his good works -- though as you read the comments you will see that bigotry against Muslims runs strong in this country of ours. But Keith is doing the right thing the right way!

1 comment:

ImpeccableLiberalCredentials said...

Rep. Keith Ellison would not be an effective ambassador to the Islamic world, especially those suffering from instability in a post-colonial or neo-colonial world (as many on the streets in former colonies view the new American posture towards their lands, languages, resources, culture and religion).

Keith's votes to authorize war funding for our occupation in Iraq, for the occupation by force of Muslim lands makes him at the minimum, a shirker of his duty to the community of faith that he supposedly belongs to.

He should have used every vote for the Emergency Supplemental to make a spiritual stand against this violence and occupation, and against the harmful, anti-Islamic rhetoric that is so often heard on the House floor.

Keith has failed. Or he is not a Muslim.