Ellison foe Torgerson says Islam promotes criminal behavior
Lynne Torgerson, who wants to unseat U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison in Minnesota's 5th District, says she's "big on freedom of speech and freedom of religion, as establishment by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution." Those freedoms evidently don't apply to Muslims such as Ellison, however, judging by the language she uses on her campaign Web site.
Torgerson, a criminal defense lawyer, who graduated from the University of Minnesota and William Mitchell College writes on her campaign Web site, "What do I know of Islam? Well, I know of 911. Nineteen (19) men from Saudi Arabia, all Muslim, hi-jacked planes, and flew into the two (2) World Trade Towers murdering thousands of people, and tried to fly into our Pentagon, and some believe they also tried to fly an airplane into our White House. From this, what I perceive is Islam conducting an act of war against my country."
"We simply went too far with Keith Ellison. Keith Ellison simply is not a proper person to have in our federal government. ... Keith Ellison has no business in our federal government," she writes.
The Quran actually teaches Muslims to kill people not of their faith, which includes Christians and Jews, which are labeled infidels. ("Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush.: (Sura 9:5)). This is advocating criminal behavior. Thus, at a minimum, this portion of the religion of Islam cannot be protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It is not "religion" recognizable under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
In an interview with the Minnesota Independent, she said, "I don't want other cultures coming into the United States and chilling our freedoms."
Ellison is an American convert to Islam to whom this kind of language is nothing new. In 2006, Glenn Beck once confronted him on a cable news show this way: "Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies."
To which Ellison replied: "Let me tell you, the people in the Fifth Congressional District know that I have a deep love and affection for my country. There`s no one who`s more patriotic than I am, and so you know, I don`t need to -- need to prove my patriotic stripes."
The 5th District includes Minneapolis and portions of the northern, southern and western suburbs.
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