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First Muslim congressman excites crowd in
"Hezbollah City" USA, a.k.a. Dearborn, Michigan
By Ted Sampley
U.S. Veteran Dispatch
January 1, 2006
"You can't back down. You can't chicken out. You can't be afraid. You've got to have faith in Allah,
and you've got to stand up and be a real Muslim," Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the
United States Congress, instructed a cheering crowd of Muslims last month in Dearborn.
He urged the group to remain steadfast in their faith and push for "justice."
The crowd roared in return,"Allah akbar, Allah akbar, " -- God is great.
"Allaha akbar" were the last words heard on the cockpit voice recorder of Flight 93, just before
Muslims murdered all its passengers by crashing the jetliner into the ground.
Muslim presence in Dearborn dates back to the last decade of the 19th century, when men from
Lebanon followed a larger number of Lebanese Christian immigrants to the U.S.
Dearborn, which was originally settled in 1795 by German Catholics as a stagecoach stop on the
Sauk Trail between Detroit and Chicago, has slowly given way to an escalating population of
Palestinian, Lebanese, Yemenis and Iraqi emigrants and their descendants in turn.
Today, Dearborn is dominated by Lebanese Muslims, with an Arab population that has grown to
nearly 40,000 from 7,000 in 1970. It has evolved into a midwestern United States re-creation of
the Middle East with the second largest concentration of Arabs and Muslims outside the Middle
East, second only to Paris.
In July, the Congress of Arab American Organizations sponsored rallies in front of Dearborn's
city hall supporting the terrorist group Hezbollah and its rocket attacks on Israel.
Hezbollah is a militant Islamic group founded in 1982 in Lebanon. It is bitterly opposed to the
state of Israel and derives substantial financial, technical and military support from Iran and
Conservative columnist Debbie Schlussel reported that at one of the Dearborn rallies she
attended, she heard a Muslim imam yelling to the crowds "Jews are diseased!" She said the
rallies were attended and endorsed by most Dearborn's Islamic leaders.
Schlussel, while working for the Detroit Free Press, went undercover into a Dearborn mosque
and reported her findings of extensive anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism.
She has referred to Fordson High School in Dearborn as "Hezbollah High" because of its rallies
defending the radical Islamic terrorist organization. About 95 percent of Fordson's 2,300
students are Arab. Several Fordson graduates have been arrested on suspicion of terrorist
activities including two of its former football stars.
Fifty-two of Fordson's 53 football players are Muslim. Before every game, the team gathers and
offers Muslim prayers.
Eight years ago, Dearborn schools banned pork from their lunches to accommodate Muslim
dietary guidelines and pressure from organized groups of Muslim parents forced the separation of
gym classes by gender in at least one school.
Because so many in Dearborn are so openly pro-Hezbollah, some pundits have referred to
Dearborn as "Hezbollah USA."
After his election in November, Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, ignited a storm of criticism
when he announced that he planned to take his oath of office on the Muslim book of jihad - the Quran,
instead of the Holy Bible.
U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode, a Republican from Virginia, warned his constituents in a letter last
month that the election of Ellison and other Muslims poses a danger to the country.
Ellison, speaking at the annual convention of the Muslim American Society and the Islamic
Circle of North America, said that Muslims can help teach America about justice and equal
protection. Suggesting a divine Islamic calling, Ellison asked, "Muslims, you're up to bat right
now, how do you know that you were not brought right here to this place to learn how to make
this world better?"
The convention drew more than 3,000 Muslims from across the country aimed at Islamic revival
and reform in the United States.
Ellison, who converted to Islam during college, said he'd use the Quran during his swearing-in
ceremony next week. "On Jan. 4, I will go swear an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United
States. I'll place my hand on the Quran," Ellison said to
loud applause. He added, "This controversy has ... made people dust off their Constitution and actually read
Interestingly, the Quran demands believers to be completely submissive to a non-constitutional
Islamic, theocratic form of government in which the State acknowledges the legal supremacy of
God and the teachings of Muhammad.
Muslims, according to the Quran, must fight and kill in the name of Allah, whether they like it or
not. Quran 2:216
The Quran is militantly anti-Judeo-Christian. It refers to non-Muslims as unbelievers, hypocrites
and infidels directing Muslims to "make war" against them so they might be sent to their "homes
in hell." (Surah 9:73)