March 11, 2011

Nice Show, Ellison

It turns out that Keith Ellison's blubbering account of the intolerant, unjust accusations toward a heroic 9/11 responder because he was a Muslim was all a lie.

Of course, Ellison was completely justified in deceiving the American public because he was benefiting Islam.

Cry me a river

Ellison claimed a Muslim 9/11 responder, who, by all accounts, acted bravely and heroically, was rumoured to be "in league" with the Muslim terrorists who flew the planes into the WTC.

Turns out, Ellison may have exaggerated a bit...

Does Ellison’s account check out with reality?

No. It is actually pretty close to the opposite of the truth. In fact, six weeks after the September 11 attacks — before Hamdani’s remains were identified, which Ellison implies to be the turning point of public perception — Congress signed the PATRIOT Act into law with this line included: “Many Arab Americans and Muslim Americans have acted heroically during the attacks on the United States, including Mohammed Salman Hamdani, a 23-year-old New Yorker of Pakistani descent, who is believed to have gone to the World Trade Center to offer rescue assistance and is now missing.” That is, Hamdani was actually singled out for particular high honors among the thousands of victims of the September 11 attacks...

The belief that Mohammed Salman Hamdani was a victim of anti-Muslim bigotry was never based in reality. It was manufactured by the Left as a rhetorical prop, exploited as a bludgeon against people who want to talk seriously about terrorism. If Hamdani was singled out for his faith, it would appear he was singled out for especially high honors. Most 9/11 victims were not half so celebrated as he was. Rather than suffering from apocryphal American anti-Muslim bigotry, Salman Hamdani appears to have benefited from America’s eager inclusiveness.

Americans have long seen Mohammed Salman Hamdani as a hero. Too bad Representative Ellison saw him only as a prop.

(All emphasis mine.)

(Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit)

UPDATE by Rusty: It gets better. The two "studies" that Ellison quoted in which he tried to downplay homegrown terrorism and Islamist radicalization in the US were severely flawed. One of them was done by the Muslim Public Affairs Council -- which severely understated the problem by narrowing the definition of terrorism linked plots -- and although the other study was more thorough, Ellison forgot to mention one of of the key findings:

“with Muslims comprising about 1 percent of the population, it is clear that Muslims are engaging in terrorism at a greater rate than non-Muslims.”

By DMartyr at 11:57 AM | Comments |