Muslim Brotherhood Hakim Muhammad Ellison Smears Fellow Muslims who Speak Against Jihad

ByPamela Geller on April 13, 2011
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Here is but one of the methods of the Muslim Brotherhood uses to advance its stealth jihad agenda when embedded/elected to Congress.

Keith Ellison's Slurs ITP

His emotional testimony, choking back tears as he discussed a Muslim-American first-responder killed on 9/11, garnered national headlines last month for U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison.

But two days after a House committee hearing on Muslim radicalization, the Minnesota Democrat had a far more hostile tone. In a speech in Rochester Hills, Mich., Ellison made a series of personal attacks against three other witnesses who were on the opposite side of the issue.

    • He seemed to blame Melvin Bledsoe for the actions of his son Carlos, who stands accused of shooting and killing an Army private after converting to Islam and becoming radicalized.

    • A Somali-American who complained about interference from organized Islamist groups while trying to learn about a score of missing young men who turned up with a terrorist group in Somalia was there simply to "diss" the Muslim community in Minneapolis.

    • Zuhdi Jasser, a Phoenix physician who challenges the Islamist narrative, simply is out to make a buck, Ellison said.

His tearful tribute to Mohammed Salman Hamdani came before the House Homeland Security Committee and the national media drawn to the controversial hearing called by Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. Ellison's attacks on the other witnesses came before a friendlier and more partisan crowd, with sponsors that included the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The hearing generated controversy because of its focus on radicalization solely among Muslims in America. Committee Democrats criticized King and the hearing's premise, with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas saying the proceedings placed the U.S. Constitution "in pain." California Rep. Jackie Speier dismissed the witness testimony as anecdotal.

Ellison's speech echoed that criticism, and he told his Michigan audience that if King "really was trying to learn something about violent radicalization, why wouldn't he include [as a witness] somebody who actually had something to say of value?" Ellison asked. Instead, he called "one guy… named Mr. Bledsoe, whose son I guess became a Muslim, went to Yemen, came back and killed some police officers (sic)."

Bledsoe dropped out of college shortly after his conversion to Islam in 2004. Muslim leaders in Nashville urged him to go to Yemen, long a hotbed of jihadist activity. In 2007 he traveled there, apparently to study under a radical imam.

He is accused of opening fire outside an Army recruiting office in Little Rock, Ark. in June 2009, killing one soldier, Pvt. William Long, and seriously wounding another, Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula.

In his testimony, Melvin Bledsoe recounted his son's descent into violence, saying the American people are largely unaware of the threat posed by Islamist radicalism. "There is a big elephant in the room, but our society continues not to see it," Bledsoe said.

After stating that he did not want to bring pain to a grieving parent, Ellison appeared to suggest that the bulk of the blame for Carlos Bledsoe's radicalization didn't lie with the jihadists who indoctrinated him, but with his father. Carlos "was in that man's house all his life. He's a Muslim for a few years. Enough said," Ellison said.

Melvin Bledsoe did not mince words when told about Ellison's comments during an interview with the Investigative Project on Terrorism. He dismissed Ellison's notion that radical Islam played no part in his son's actions. Carlos left the Bledsoe home in 2003, changed his name to Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad when he converted to Islam a year later, and spent extensive time in Yemen.

"They stole my son," Bledsoe said. "They raped his mind. They changed his thought, his behavior. They changed him from Carlos to Abdulhakim. I asked God to give me my son back."

Ellison is a "fool" and "liar" when he tries to deny the insidious nature of jihadist recruiting that is occurring in this country, Bledsoe said.

In his speech, Ellison expressed similar disdain for Abdirizak Bihi, a Somali American from Minneapolis who also testified. Bihi's teenage nephew Burhan Hassan was shot to death in Somalia in June 2009. Burhan was one of at least 20 Somali men and teenage boys from the Twin Cities area who have traveled to Somalia since 2007 to fight for the terrorist group al-Shabaab. The "only reason" Bihi was invited to testify was "because he's willing to diss the Somali and Muslim community in Minneapolis," Ellison said.

As part of his testimony, Bihi described how Islamist leaders discouraged people from cooperating with the investigation into the missing men. Talking to the FBI could get you sent to Guantanamo Bay, they said. And, there are consequences in the afterlife by being damned with "eternal fire and hell."

Ellison's harshest remarks were reserved for Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy – and like Bihi, a non-Islamist Muslim. Jasser was invited to testify "because he fits the narrative of people who want to defame you," Ellison told his Michigan audience.

Jasser's real goal, he suggested, was to criticize Muslims in order to enrich himself. Ellison said that "if you want to make some money talking about Muslims," follow the example of Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Hirsi Ali renounced her faith and has been highly critical of it in her writing. A good portion of her money goes to 24-hour-protection since her life was threatened in 2004. When filmmaker Theo Van Gogh was murdered on an Amsterdam street, the killer tacked a note on him saying Hirsi Ali would be next. The two collaborated on "Submission," a short film protesting the treatment of women in Islam.

Ellison said: "You know, I think Zuhdi Jasser just said, 'Why should Ayaan Hirsi Ali make all the money'" criticizing Islam?

In a statement to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Jasser, a devout Muslim, said he was shocked by the carelessness of Ellison's statements. Ellison engaged in "fabrication and character assassination rather than" debate the issues put forward, Jasser wrote.

"Perhaps it is naïve of me to assume that a sitting member of Congress would maintain a degree of honesty and forthrightness commensurate with his office. Congressman Ellison's false and malignant attacks on my character and integrity speak volumes to the tactics used by leading Islamists in their efforts to marginalize dissent within our Muslim communities," Jasser wrote. "Mr. Ellison's behavior also demonstrates the mudslinging directed toward reform minded Muslims by some leading Muslims threatened by our ideas."

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  • The takiyah mask slips, and we see the filthy and ugly jihadi face underneath. We need to wrap Muhammed Hakim Ellison around the neck of every single Democrat in the US Congress. What if a GOP rep was an active Klansman? You think the media wd demand a repudiation by his comrades?
    BTW, Ellison has never forgiven Jasser for destroying him face to face at a public panel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx48OxYaetU

  • telly

    What a punk.

  • Ellison is a vile creature. In fact he too is a convert. He was born Catholic.
    I am glad that he exists because his takiya is so easy to see through, a weak veil disguising his CAIR propaganda. He is a disgusting seditionist creep. A slime ball and a total liar. His crocodile tears over a false story were almost as good as a joke.
    Disgusting piece of $&^#

  • telly:
    ellison is not a punk. punks sell drugs on street corners.
    ellison is a demagogue. and, he is a demagogue under the thrall of and in the control of the muslim brotherhood, and he wants to put this nation under the rule of islam and sharia.
    punks largely endanger other punks.
    ellison has no intent to leave either you or i alone, his intent is to forcibly impose islam upon us, and further the conquest of the u.s. by islam.
    john jay
    milton freewater, oregon usa
    p.s. yes, he is in league with b. insane obama. no doubt about it.

  • Bill E

    There is a huge difference between a swearing-in upon The Bible versus one upon the koran. Does anyone finally recognize how wrong the concept of giving equal validity to the koran is vs. the Bible? Can we all for once agree that our laws and morality are based upon the goodness of the Bible and NOT the self-serving hatred of the koran???

  • formerwm

    King should call Ellison out on these comments and question him about his motives.

  • telly

    Mr J.,
    Good point. The word “punk” has changed meaning over time. I was using the word the way we used it in NY in the 70’s. For example, Ellis wanted to join a powerful group in order to expand his own personal power. But the alfa-males who lead the gang punked Ellis out and now he’s just an other punk affiliated with the MB. I think the word the kids use now is “punk-ass-bitch”.
    That’s all speculation though. Just as in the marxist movements in the US, it is often very difficult to know if a guy like this is, a useful idiot, a fellow traveler, or a true believer.
    My question for you, sir, is can Mr Bledsoe and the other individuals slandered by Ellis take legal action?

  • Mark

    Today muslim reptiles in Gaza killed Italian peace-nick (sorry to say an idiot, who went to protect poor palestinian thugs). Watch it:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYjw0_3zc0w&feature=player_embedded

  • Carlos “was in that man’s house all his life. He’s a Muslim for a few years. Enough said,” Ellison said.
    That that boy try to kill anyone all those years he was in his fathers house? No. Only after he became seduced into radical Islam did he commit that crime.
    Enough said Mr. Ellison.