Monday, January 08, 2007


Over at The Gates of Vienna, Dymphna has a post that challenges Congressman Keith Ellison,5th District, Minnesota--the first congressman to take his oath of office on the Quran. Dymphna writes in a letter to Ellison:
You have been elected to serve the Fifth District of Minnesota in the United States House of Representatives. This is a crucially important opportunity, not only for all of your district’s constituents, but also for Muslims in America — even Muslims worldwide, who watch American politics with close attention.

You are in an unprecedented position: the political point man for Islam in this country. As our only elected Muslim in national office, you have the heavy burden and the unique responsibility to aid the cause of Islam in its endeavor to become the religion of conciliation.

There is no doubt that you, as our sole Muslim member of Congress, could bring to bear a high level of influence on Iran and other Muslim countries, in order to make the situation for women in these countries more humane.

If you were to use your bully pulpit to speak out about the plight of women under sharia law — especially in Iran and Pakistan — you would be a powerful influence for good.

Go and read all of Dymphna's post and support the effort to nudge Ellison to help Muslim women under the yoke of oppression.

As an American congressman, Ellison is in a powerful position to do a great deal of good for the oppressed and abused women under Islam--like Nazanin, the young woman who I wrote about here.

You can write or call Ellison's office and encourage him to take up the cause of women like Nazanin and speak out on their behalf as a Muslim and as a U.S. Congressman. He has a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the values of America to the Islamic world. I sincerely hope he will take up the challenge.

The Hon. Keith Ellison
250 Marquette Avenue, Suite 225
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
Phone: (612) 664-8000
Fax: (612) 664-8004

Mail to Congressman at their offices in Washington is slowed considerably due to the anthrax quarantine. However, phone calls and faxes are effective; use the numbers below.

Phone: (202) 225-4755
Fax: (202) 225-4886

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