CAIR Congressman’s Supporters Scream “Allahu Akbar!”
Supporters of Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison scream “Allahu Akbar!” at his victory celebration. (Hat tip: Scott.)
Ellison will be a featured speaker at the Council on American Islamic Relations’ annual banquet.
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FIRST MUSLIM IN CONGRESS TO SPEAK AT CAIR EVENT IN VA
Keith Ellison will join other elected officials at annual banquet
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/9/06) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that Keith Ellison, the first Muslim in Congress, will join other elected officials as a keynote speaker November 18th at the Washington-based civil rights group’s 12th Annual Banquet in Arlington, Va.
CAIR’s dinner, which in past years had sold-out crowds of more than 1,000, will feature addresses by Representative-elect Ellison (D-MN) and Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Albert Wynn (D-MD).
Other speakers at the event include a representative of the FBI and Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. Attendees will include many Muslim and interfaith leaders, diplomats from Muslim nations and American Muslim community activists.
To learn more about CAIR’s dinner, or to register online, go to:
Ellison won Tuesday’s election in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District by a more than two-to-one margin. He will be the first American Muslim to hold elected office at the national level.
“We are honored to have the first American Muslim elected to Congress offer his first major address during our annual banquet,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
UPDATE at 11/10/06 9:13:22 am:
Here’s video of another Ellison victory party, complete with ululating. (Hat tip: Keith.)