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Inside the Beltway
Contrary to pronouncements by pundits and publications alike, freshman Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, is not the first Muslim elected to Congress.
Writing for the Christian Worldview Network, historian David Barton says that “as is often the case with the mainstream media, they were wrong” about the 43-year-old Democrat, who created a storm of controversy by taking his oath of office on the Koran rather than the Bible.
Rather, the first Muslim to serve in Congress was John Randolph of Virginia, elected off and on from 1799 to 1834. During the time there “were numerous Muslims living in America,” says Mr. Barton, so many that the first Koran was published and sold here by 1806.
“Significantly, Francis Scott Key, author of the ‘Star Spangled Banner,’ befriended Randolph and faithfully shared Christ with him. Randolph eventually converted from Islam to Christianity,” Mr. Barton writes.
“Interestingly, during the founding era, like today, there was great concern over the possibility of a Muslim being elected to Congress. That concern was heightened by the fact that at that time, like now, America was involved in a war on terror against Islamic terrorists,” the historian notes.
“That war, called the Barbary Powers War, lasted 32 years, involved six years of active overseas warfare against Muslim terrorists, and spanned four U.S. presidencies: those of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.”
A video of leftover graffiti spray-painted on the steps of the U.S. Capitol during last weekend’s war protest is now playing on YouTube.com, compliments of the Family Research Council (FRC).
“The video documents that the graffiti is still visible even after cleaning,” complains FRC President Tony Perkins, who is calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, to explain why no attempt was made to halt or arrest the vandals.
“For any other group, such acts would mean immediate arrest,” he insists.
Thought that counts
The unflattering term “Hillarycare” has been resurrected by former church pastor-turned-freshman Rep. Tim Walberg, Michigan Republican, when describing changes to the Medicare prescription-drug plan enacted during the so-called “first 100 hours” of Congress.
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