Saturday, August 01, 2009
Why Won't Keith Ellison Release The Details Over His Paid Trip To Mecca?
Ellison said that he is "not privy to the internal workings of the organization" that covered his costs, and that he complied with all House Ethics panel disclosure requirements. "Why should I waive a right that’s accorded me under the rules?" he said.
From the Boston Herald:
Tax records show the group that paid Ellison’s expenses, the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, received nearly $900,000 in taxpayer money in 2006 and 2007 from a rental arrangement for Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TiZA), a charter school in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. a Twin Cities suburb.
The man who accompanied Ellison to Mecca, Asad Zaman, is executive director of the TiZA school, a political contributor of Ellison’s and was president of the Muslim American Society until August, when the Mecca trip was planned.
TiZA has been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union and probed by state officials for allegedly promoting Islam, which would violate the church and state separation required of public schools — including charter schools.
The school received state funding to pay rent to the Muslim American Society Property Holding Corp., a nonprofit spinoff of the Muslim American Society that owned the building. The corporation then turned over $879,000 to the Muslim society as a grant.
Those close connections have opened Ellison to questions about the nature of the trip. Ellison on Tuesday called it "a private trip," adding that he had told the ethics committee of the trip beforehand and received its approval. A spokesman for the school says no public money was used for the trip, or Hajj, which Ellison took as a once-in-a-lifetime fulfillment of his religious duty as a practicing Muslim. The 16-day pilgrimage is considered one of the most solemn acts in Islam, one that is supposed to be undertaken free of debts and unmet family obligations.
Ellison has justified withholding the cost by citing the religious nature of his journey to Saudi Arabia, saying it had nothing to do with his duties as a congressman.
Such trips generally must be reported under congressional gift rules that call for full financial disclosure. IRS rules, moreover, bar nonprofit religious groups from furthering individuals’ "private interests."
Ellison, however, reported the trip under more permissive House rules for outside business activities — Boy Scout trips, for example — that are unrelated to congressional duties, but which are not purely for private benefit. Those rules do not require cost accounting.
A public figure who has faced some hostility as the first Muslim member of Congress, Ellison has been reluctant to reveal details of the trip, which is estimated to have cost several thousand dollars.
Nice try, there, Keith, trying to put the Boy Scouts in the same category as TiZA and MAS. Like the Boy Scouts are going to fork over thousands of dollars to pay for a trip to any politician? Give me a break.
Some consider the MAS the equivalent of a modern day Nazi party. FOX News:
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison's groundbreaking pilgrimage to Mecca [was] paid for by an American Muslim organization that has ties to Islamic radicals and is "the Muslim equivalent of the neo-Nazi party," his critics say.
The trip was funded by the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, a non-profit interfaith group that is one of 55 branches of the MAS nationwide. The pilgrimage was hailed by Muslim activists in the U.S.
"It is the de facto arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S.," said Steven Emerson, director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism. "The agenda of the MAS is to ... impose Islamic law in the U.S., to undermine U.S. counterterrorism policy."
The MAS was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an international Islamist movement created in Egypt in 1928. Radical members of the Brotherhood founded the terror group Hamas and were among the first members of Al Qaeda.
The Muslim American Society's former secretary general has acknowledged that the group was founded by the Brotherhood, and in 2004 he estimated that about half of MAS members were in the Muslim Brotherhood.
American Liberals and American Progressives are America's Taliban, al-Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah and the Nazi Party all wrapped into one. They simply hate America; just hate it. They loathe their country, unfortunately, they never hate it quite enough to move elsewhere.
If Keith al-Ellison loves Sharia Law so much, I suggest he move to a country where it already exists as the law of the land instead of subversively trying to insert it into American jurisprudence.
I take it you don't see any conflict of interest then, and no reason for any investigation into him accepting a paid-for trip?
Not that I mind potty mouth language, I have a rich, full, extensive profane vocabulary that has made professionals blush and of which I am most proud. But you realize you totally diminish your intellectual level and degree of legitimacy when you express yourself as poorly as you do and with such a narrow view of the issue at hand.
For all you know, I'm a Muslim. How do you know I'm not? How do you I didn't vote for al-Ellison?
I'm connecting the dots. I like to connect the dots because Liberals like you make the unfounded accusations that bad things happen when others don't connect the dots.
al-Ellison is a Muslim. I don't have a problem with that. But it's a "dot."
Here's some other "dots" connected to that "dot":
* an organization paid for his trip.
* that organization is " the de facto arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S.," according to an expert in terrorism.
* Ellison is taking measure to not fully disclose the details of the trip.
You would never allow a Republican or Independent escape the same questions as you allow al-Ellison.
Does Keith endorse his staff to react with profane rants to legitimate questions? Doesn't seem very professional to me.
Probably not as hard as Barrack (Saddam) Hussein is right now.
Remember David, as Jeremiah Wright, the pastor of Pbama said: It's not God bless America, it's God damn America!!!
As far as bringing stuff to the table David, thanks a lot but it would be fair enough to say that Molson and Mats are doing a heck of a job too.
I'm your favorite Moslem? Do I get to hide and seal my birth certificate like Barry? Am I entitled to affirmative action? ;-)
Molson and Mats and you always have a great "take" on issues. Theodore too. I am blessed with intelligent, insightful commenters who are not afraid to tell me where I have sometimes make an error (and I have and I correct it and always try to give credit to the person who brought it to my attention). Almost all my commenters fall into this category. And then we have the other category, the one where "Brenda" falls in. Heh. They're a funny group, and I mean funny like in sad, pathetic and - if they weren't such assholes - I'd pity and feel sorry for them.
I'M WAITING FOR YOUR RESPONSE. A BIG BOLD FEMINAZI LIKE YOURSELF ISN'T AFRAID OF LITTLE OLD ME, ARE YA?
WHERE ARE YOU? DID THE F-A-C-T-S THAT I USED IN MY REPLY TO YOUR COMMENT SHUT YOU UP? IT WAS THAT EASY FOR ME? CHRIST, I WISH IT WERE THAT EASY TO SHUT UP ALL LIBERAL C-U-N-T-S LIKE YOU.
Come on Brenda. Lemme have it. Give me your best shot. I'm betting you have a big hairy pair of low-hangers.
WHAT HAPPENED BITCH? MY FACTS GET IN THE WAY OF YOUR ASSHOLE-BORN OPINIONS?
You're a worthless cunt and you know it.
Come on Brenda...come on CUNT. Where are you?
BWA HA HA HA HA! Go douche with gasoline and then strike a match.
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