UPDATE: West told me this morning he was expressing concern with a speech Rep. Ellison gave to CARE. West assert CARE has had ties to questionable organizations. Also note: The interview in question was in September or October.
EPISODE 3: MY COLLEAGUE IS MUSLIM. I haven’t had to pull out The Allen West Show in a while but tonight we have another installment that features another memorable moment produced by the freshman Congressman from Florida.
Here we go again… BREAKING NEWS everyone sit down: Rep. Keith Ellison is Muslim. That’s right. I know it’s unbelievable. There is a Muslim member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Two to be exact…. Here we go again. People apparently still can’t get over the fact Rep. Keith Ellison is Muslim. That would include the host of a show Rep. Allen West was recently a guest on. How many times does this BS have to happen?
Remember that back in 2006, it was Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.) who wrote a letter to his constituents with the line: “The Muslim Representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that district and if American citizens don’t wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office…” Wonderful.
(As reported here by THINK PROGRESS… click her for full article) Rep. Allen West: Well I think it’s most important that I stand upon the principles that people elected me to go to Washington, DC and represent them on Capitol Hill. So that when you run into someone that is counter, or someone that really does represent the antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established, you’ve got to be able to defeat them intellectually in debate and discourse, and you to just have to be able to challenge each and every one of their assertions very wisely and very forthright.
Rep. Keith Ellison in a statement tonight: “I was surprised to hear of Congressman West’s comments because he has never expressed these sentiments to me directly. Contrary to the views expressed by Congressman West, I work to represent the highest ideals of our great nation — ideals like freedom of worship and respect for all faiths, equal protection under the law as well as a civil and open public discourse. Americans across the country want their public servants to reject the toxic and corrosive chatter that yields more heat than light.”
Join us next week for the episode, “Charlie Rangel is Roman Catholic.”