Lynn Torgerson running another anti-Muslim campaign against Ellison
Lynn Torgerson dumped all over Rep. Keith Ellison during the 2010 congressional campaign, trashing his Muslim faith as little more than a breeding ground for criminals, and not deserving of free speech protection under the Constitution.
Voters in the 5th congressional district rewarded her with a total of 8,548 votes, compared to Ellison's 154,833.
But despite such utter and complete rejection, she's back for another shot in 2012.
The plea for attention started on Facebook in early June.
Then, on the Tea Party Nation website, she posted this:
"I, Lynne Torgerson, am running for Congress in Minnesota, against radical Islamist Keith Ellison. Keith Ellison fails to oppose banning Islamic Sharia law in the United States. He accuses people of trying to ban it as "conspiratorilists." Keith Ellison also fails to support that the United States Constitution should be supreme over Islamic Sharia law."
She's in good company. The TPN website is home to commenters who say things like this:
There is NO way that a devout, practicing Muslim can ever be an American, or honestly swear allegiance to America.
Why would someone elected to uphold the constitution for "one nation under God" be allowed to swear in on anything besides a bible.
(Because the Constitution forbids a religious test for anyone seeking public office, that's why.)
Torgerson also links approvingly from her TPN post to the story of a Tennessee lawmaker who says he's all for freedom of religion in America, even for Muslims -- just as long as they don't actually follow Allah's teachings. Which is sort of like telling Christians they can follow Jesus as long as they ignore the Sermon on the Mount.
You'll have to register at TPN is you want to read further scholarship on freedom of religion in that vein.
Or you can visit Torgerson's Facebook page, where she'll explain that there's a plot to secretly put halal meat in your food.
Like Jesse Ventura says, just because something's a conspiracy theory, that doesn't mean it's not true.
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