Barack Obama came under fire when his campaign refused to allow two Muslim women wearing head scarves to sit behind him at a Detroit rally two weeks ago. Now another incident has surfaced and it involves U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.
Ellison is quoted in a June 24 New York Times story by Andrea Elliott, who won a 2007 Pulitzer for her coverage of a New York imam living in post-9/11 America. (Disclosure: Elliott and I are friends from when we attended Columbia University School of Journalism.)
Ellison recounts about how he eagerly wanted to help Obama in Iowa, volunteering to speak for the candidate at a mosque in Cedar Rapids, where there’s a longstanding Muslim community. But Ellison was asked to cancel the trip.
From the Times: “I will never forget the quote,” Mr. Ellison said, leaning forward in his chair as he recalled the aide’s words. “He said, ‘We have a very tightly wrapped message.’ ”
The issue, of course, is that Obama has been ignorantly confused or smeared as being a Muslim, which automatically makes him a terrorist. Ridiculous, of course, but it’s toxic enough for Obama.
And another quote from Ellison regarding Obama’s Muslim conundrum: “A lot of us are waiting for him to say that there’s nothing wrong with being a Muslim, by the way.”