Muslim Rep. Ellison Overcome With Emotion at Radicalization Witch Hunt

March 10, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)—-Whatever else happens at Rep. Peter King’s (R-NY) “radicalization of the American Muslim community,” witch hunt hearings, we will be left with the heartbreaking sight of a Muslim congressman tearing up during his testimony. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), eloquently and emotionally testified this morning, objecting to “Ascribing the evil acts of a few individuals to an entire community.” Towards the end of his prepared testimony, Ellison could not hold back his tears, as he described the heroic efforts of a Muslin first responder who lost his life saving others after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The first responder, New York paramedic Mohammed Salman Hamdani, was initially, falsely accused of being part of the 9/11 attack solely because he was Muslim. Ellison reminded the Islamophobes at the hearing, of the consequences of casting dispersions on an entire religion. Hamdani was an “American who gave everything for his fellow citizens,” said Ellison.

Rep. King, who once described members of the Muslim faith as “an enemy living among us,” opened up his controversial anti-Muslim hearings defiantly saying if he listened to his critics and backed down from investigating Muslims, it would be a “craven surrender to political correctness.”

But Rep. Ellison’s emotional testimony set quite a different tone, as he warned that casting suspicion on the Muslim community would only make us less safe.

“As policy leaders, we need to be rigorous about our analysis of violent extremism. Our responsibility includes doing no harm. I am concerned that the focus of today’s hearing may increase suspicion of the Muslim American community, ultimately making all of us less safe,” said Ellison.

Ellison’s remarks retelling the story of Mohammed Salman Hamdani, as Hamdani’s mother looked on, will be remembered as one voice of reason in an otherwise disreputable return to McCarthyism.

Ellison’s testimony honoring Hamdani is below:

“Let me close with a story, but remember that it’s only one of many American stories that could be told. Mohammed Salman Hamdani was a 23-year-old paramedic, a New York City police cadet and a Muslim American. He was one of those brave first responders who tragically lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks almost a decade ago. As The New York Times eulogized, “He wanted to be seen as an all-American kid. He wore No. 79 on the high school football team in Bayside, Queens, where he lived, and he was called Sal by his friends… He became a research assistant at Rockefeller University and drove an ambulance part-time. One Christmas, he sang in Handel’s Messiah in Queens. He saw all the Star Wars movies, and it was well known that his new Honda was the one with “Yung Jedi” license plates.

Mr. Hamdani bravely sacrificed his life to try and help others on 9/11. After the tragedy some people tried to smear his character solely because of his Islamic faith. Some people spread false rumors and speculated that he was in league with the attackers only because he was Muslim. It was only when his remains were identified that these lies were fully exposed.

Mohammed Salman Hamdani was a fellow American who gave his life for other Americans. His life should not be defined as a member of an ethnic group or a member of a religion, but as an American who gave everything for his fellow citizens.”

Ellison’s entire testimony can be found here.



3 Responses to “Muslim Rep. Ellison Overcome With Emotion at Radicalization Witch Hunt”

  1. thinkaboutit on March 10th, 2011 5:57 pm

    I hope America doesnt fall for sympathy act of this one congressman, he is of course biased for his muslim brotherhood.Wake up America before its too late. We need to take a stand against muslims, they have the same agenda destroy America and Israel.

  2. Ibett on March 11th, 2011 10:09 am

    ■thinkaboutit on March 10th, 2011 5:57 pm
    I am sorry you have such hate in your soul. How do you know that all muslims are out to destroy America? If this is true, then all Christians rape little boys.

    I have muslim friends, they are very kind and law abiding, they do not have an ‘agenda’. They are proud American citizens, they are highly educated, they want the same things for their families that we all want. Peace, a good job, education. They do not go about pushing their belief nor do they go about spreading lies or hate about other people. I can not believe how narrow minded and hateful my America has become.

    Why can’t we love one another, do unto others as we would have them do unto us?

    I am with Congressman Ellison, he is not my representative, but I believe we should have more representatives with a sensitive heart that will stand against the hate and fear mongering that is taking place in our elected offices, news media and neighborhoods

  3. majii on March 11th, 2011 8:32 pm


    Prove it.

    The number of rw terror attacks committed in America far outnumber the number of terror attacks by Muslims since 9/11. It’s not a matter of “falling” for emotional calls for justice in these witch hunts, it’s a matter of not portraying all members of a group as terrorists. You exemplify the opinions and thoughts of those who love to stereotype others without providing evidence to support your claim.

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