Keith Ellison breaks down in tears at Muslim hearings [VIDEO]

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Ellison breaks down.
Rep. Keith Ellison spent weeks deriding the congressional hearings that opened today on radical Muslims, orchestrated by Rep. Peter King of New York, as little more than an attempt to spread fear and hatred of a religious minority.

When it came his turn to testify and defend his faith, he broke into tears.

Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, started talking about 23-year-old Mohammed Salman Hamdani, a paramedic who died trying to save lives after the 9/11 attack in New York City. Hamdani grew up in Bayside, Queens. He was a high school football star. He loved Star Wars, Ellison said. Then, Ellison's voice started breaking.

"Mr. Hamdani bravely sacrificed his life to try and help others on 9/11.
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Ellison testified at King's hearing today.
After the tragedy some people tried to smear his character solely because of his Islamic faith," Ellison said, as tears started running down his face. "Some people spread false rumors and speculated that he was in league with the attackers only because he was Muslim. It was only when his remains were identified that these lies were fully exposed. Mohammad Salman Hamdani was a fellow American who gave his life for other Americans. His life should not be identified as just a member of an ethnic group or just a member of a religion, but as an American who gave everything for his fellow Americans."

CBS has the video:

Read Ellison's full testimony:

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Liam
Liam

i busted out laughing when i saw him cry

E-Mpls
E-Mpls

That's not a good sign, Liam. Laughing at other people's pain is usually a sign that something is going wrong in your soul. Might be time for some prayer and reflection.

Sillydems
Sillydems

I cannot help but wonder how different the headline would read had someone like TPaw cried...

Tracy
Tracy

Do only conservative nutcases post comments on blogs?

Djlmn25
Djlmn25

I wonder, did Rep. Keith Ellison shed a tear when Maj. Hassan a Muslim who killed 13 people in Ft Hood, did he cry when that Muslim TV station CEO decapitate his wife after asking for a divorce? How about when Muslim father who killed his two daughters because he felt they were too westernized and then he flee the country back to the Middle East to escape justice? This hearing is not about Islam, it is about radicals in all religions you use God, Allah, or Yahweh as a reason to kills innocent people. “Go ahead and hate your neighbor, go ahead and cheat a friend, do it in the name of heaven, it will be justified in the end. There won’t be any trumpets blowing come to judgment day; when one tin solider rides away”

E-Mpls
E-Mpls

Having met Keith, I bet he did cry about all of those things. He is a compassionate man, like many religious people are, despite the crazy things in their books or the crazy things their coreligionists do. You are missing out on a lot if you view him simply as a representative of his religion, as you do when you treat anyone that way. That's not the way Keith thinks, which is why his is so loved by people who know him in his district.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Great point. No matter what your faith is you should have to answer for the actions of all other members of your faith. No one is saying all muslims are bad simply that all muslims should be looked at as a possible terrorist. Where is the problem in that? It's just like how every Catholic is maybe a pedophile. It's about being safe people.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

If you think this is great, wait till you see my testimony tomorrow. Inspired by great conservative thinkers I intend to give a speech entitled: "The real bullies/terrorists are the gays. A manifesto by Michelle Bachmann" There won't be a dry eye in the house when I tell the heartbreaking story of a Target CEO who was so bothered by the vicious taunts of the gay terrorists that he was forced to reschedule a tee time. Please all of you watch. Also, I will be facing away from the camera on purpose because of some strange reason.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Ok, now you running off my previous statements fake michele? What happened super putz; your Saul Alsinski talking points stop printing? If only you had an identity of your own. Hey, perhaps you could ask the wizard for one next time your in Oz.The reason you have NO idea why Michele was not looking at that camera, Is because of the long term brainwashing you've endured. You see the libs never told you because they don't want you to know. See was looking at another camera because she could care less about that news source CNN or their cameras. Kinda like Obama huh, never looks at the camera. Oh wait, that’s different. Looks to the left. Looks to the right. What’s there? Someone else’s speech fed to obama through teleprompter. But heh, you're all about diversion and discredit right? A substantive argument is nothing but burdensome to ya right?So phony michele, when are you going to get your own idenity?Perhaps your sophomore year of college?What you studying phony michele? Green studies & art? Ahhh, got to be some theater in there.Let me guess, your last class project was titled: How to sculpt with your own fecesSo what's next for ya phony michele?Donating yourself to the U of M Medical School for student practice of - How to perform a sex change?Ahhh phony michele, please find yourself before you go and mutilate yourself like that.Here, I'll help you out. I have to believe you are one of those people that gets more back that you pay into the government; and since you like posing as a woman, I'm thinking something like “Mouchelle”. Cuz I know your all mouche-mouche in real life. "Free" is your middle name right? Your attempts to discredit Republicans by pretending to be one, then acting like an ass in attempts to discredit. So be it! I will now dedicate 50% of my comments here on CP to your cause. Er wait, my cause entails calling you out Mouchelle with hopes to make you cry like Keith. See MY custom made identity say it all (jerk). Custom made by myself for myself.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I'm the real Michelle Bachmann. I don't really understand your point about how I'm discrediting Republicans. Since you always attack my posts I can only assume you are a member of the lamestream media. Look what your fellow lamestream media members did to me today. There I was in New Hampshire giving a nice speech about Republican values but did the lamestream focus on that? No they focus on me mixing up American history. How does not knowing basic American history discredit me or my supporters? When would a President ever need to know anything about history, science, math, or whatever. I know about Jesus and forgiveness. So in that spirit Kirk, I forgive you. I didn't meant to insult you by calling you a liberal or a journalist. I know only a true blue Tea Party Republican could possibly know who Saul Alinski is. All you stupid evil liberals out there can learn from Kirk's conservative thinking and "substantive argument". Look at all this substance from the conservative mind: super putz, feces, and sex change. It's like talking to my good friend Senator Larry Craig.

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