Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins bears a messianic cross.
According to FRC, the Washington, D.C.-based group that envisions an America where "human life is valued, families flourish, and religious liberty thrives," Perkins, a Marine vet and former member of the Louisiana legislature, "has a tremendous burden to reclaim the culture for Christ."
That burden now includes liberating parts of Minneapolis where Islamic law has supposedly supplanted the authority of local, state, and federal governments.
Perkins's expertise on the city came courtesy of comments he made on his radio show.
During a recent segment of the FRC- produced Washington Watch, a caller told Perkins about "no-go zones," areas where Muslims are "doing military-type training in Virginia and New York."
Perkins responded by saying he too had heard of such rumors.
Perkins added, "They have like 700 no-go zones [in France] where authorities have allowed Sharia law to be imposed. There are some areas in this country that in effect that has occurred. Dearborn, Michigan, is one of the places, there are some places in Minneapolis...."
Sharia law is the moral code and religious law of Islam.
Enter Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, the first black Muslim elected to Congress.
After hearing about Perkins's remarks, the Democratic representative invited the FRC head on a Minneapolis tour.
As the intervening envoy for Minnesota's largest city, Ellison offered Perkins the opportunity to visit and shake hands with Muslim residents, thus reassuring him that the city is "completely under the jurisdiction of local, state, and federal authorities."
Ellison went so far as to post a copy of his olive branch on Twitter, which read, in part, "You recently said that you believe parts of our city are so called 'no-go zones' where state and federal laws are subordinate to Sharia Law. Having lived in Minneapolis for over two decades, I can assure you this is not true."
As of this morning, CityPages had yet to receive word from either camp if the invite was a go or not.
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