Your Take: Comments on a congressman's conversion to Islam
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison was raised Catholic but converted to Islam in college.
September 2nd, 2011
11:11 AM ET

Your Take: Comments on a congressman's conversion to Islam

It's no surprise that our Thursday post on U.S. Rep Keith Ellison's conversion from Catholicism to Islam fetched loads of comments.

Some commenters discerned a pattern of CNN conspiring against Christianity (have they noticed all our thoughtful stories about Christianity?):


Anyone notice this pattern?

Again the SHAMEFUL cnn promoting Islam and atheism at the expense of Christianity. I wonder what the schmucks at CNN will do when they realize the hammer is about to be dropped on their daughters by all the MOOSLIMS.

Lots of commenters vented anti-Muslim sentiments:

I am an Ex-Muslim. I am free, I am happy and I am now a proud Infidel......Islam is the religion of hate and suffocation. Islam is the religion of wife beating and polygamy. Islam is the anti-women religion and it hates free thinking. Islam is a crime against humanity.

First Muslim member of Congress? Let's hope he's the last.

Some came to the defense of Muslims. The first one in this list is a response to Sara's comment from above:

You're quite an American. The founding fathers would be proud.

Judge NOT...
As a Christian, I read the Quran after 9/11 because I couldn't believe the news that a Book of God could incite people in such a negative way. I was right, the Holy Quran confirms the Bible and vice versa if you read them both with an open mind. I am very happy that I read both because both teach the right lessons. For those of you nay sayers that say religion is a way to manipulate the weak-minded, how little you know about life and how little you know about your own potential. Read both as books, then study both as a life lesson. By doing this you will find your place in the World and after. God reigns, God is great and God gives peace to those that seek it. Instead of criticizing others, look inward at your emptiness and know that there is an answer, ONE answer. If you can't understand it, I truly pity you.

Many of the people who post on this website seem to never met or befriended a Muslim person and therefore put the face of terrorism on every Muslim they never met. This is why it is important to expose people such as these, people who have never left their little oyster shells, to one of millions of peaceful, law-abiding Muslims in America and one of billions of law abiding Muslims in the world. That is the significance of this story. Otherwise, we run the risk of becoming a developed, civilized nation, super power that is a breeding ground for haters and paranoid nut cases such as the terrorist Anders Behring Breivik (the Norwegian terrorist) in this ever shrinking, increasingly global world.

Lots of commenters expressed alarm about what they said are Islamic threats to American culture and law:

I am not going to say that one religion is better than another, but the lifestyle of Islam is not the lifestyle of the western civilization. I am concerned simply that our lifestyle and the laws and culture that made this country great will be lost. Look how made Muslim run countries are. I do not want any impact Muslim law just because we have Muslim congressman. It does not mix.

And as always, droves of atheists lampooned religion, Muslim and otherwise:

I believe in Leprechauns. Can you write a story about me too?

All religions are the same. They are fantasy based and would not survive a generation if they didn't brainwash children before they learn how to think. Maybe Scientology differs, but what is Scientology?

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Comments • Islam • Politics

soundoff (493 Responses)
  1. Jbusch

    This is great news for Amerikkka!! Jesus is a phony and fake...people of color should be ashamed of praying to a white God.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  2. dt

    II was just ordained a dudeist monk. The only true religion. Party on.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
    • the thoughtful atheist

      party on wayne

      September 2, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  3. Scientificpoetry

    Seems to me he went from dumb to dumber...

    September 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  4. 3rdMLNM

    Stop fighting!
    Please, open your eyes.
    There is only one true GOD and one true RELIGION!
    See and verify it for yourselves:

    September 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  5. Abraxas

    Most religions act as barriers between humans and their creator, rather than bridges. However, Islam in particular is one of the worst for retarding spiritual growth, and wherever Islam flourishes, women are treated like cattle.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
    • royal

      really?? Islam treats women badly. Judaism & Christianity set the stage for anti-woman sentiments 2,000 years ago. Millions of women were murdered as heretics by the benevolent and enlighted Christianity. Even now women are unworthy of being priests, pastors, and more. Christianity stood up for human slavery, stood against woman's sufferage, interacial matters, gay rights. You name the civil rights struggle and christian churches opposed them-and the bible backed their every word. Christianity is anti intellectual, anti-progressive, anti-logic. I love reading how christians look down on muslims when they don't know anything about islam or their religions. Name the three great men of islam that have attempted to deliver god's word to man.... They are all in the koran.... M.... J.... & Mohammed.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  6. Faisal

    God is real.
    Obama is fake.

    and by fake I mean he present a FRAUD representation of who he really is underneath his shell of the delusional perception society holds of him.

    Come, come, Anti-Christ BARACK.. come show us your magic tricks

    September 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
    • MarkyMerlot

      you sir, are an idiot.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • royal

      HAHAHAHA!!! And the easter bunny too. In Revelations the anti-christ is described. No one fits the definition of the "anti-christ" who leads the great church of god away from truly worshipping god, better than Jesus. His message in the new testament is DRASTICALLY different from god's of the old testament. He really seems totally unrelated to god. He creates a great church and, in god's name, the people follow him and his word, instead of god's original message. I always loved the trinity trick. We're the same, but were different. Just don't think about it, you wouldn't want to strain yourself.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  7. Emotions make you hilarious

    Reading the comments section of the various Belief Blog articles/posts reminds me a lot of a kindergarden playground.

    Such intellectual examples: "I'm better than you!" "No, I am!" "Nuh uh!" "Uh huh!"
    And lets not forget: "You're stupid." "No, you're stupid!"
    This one is always lovely: "You killed lots of people!" "No, you killed more!" "No, you did!" "No! You did!!!"

    Ya'll are hilarious.

    And for the record: The Dark Ages happened because the social structure provided by the Roman Empire collapsed after the Germanic victories in the West, which left the Western Roman Empire in such disarray that no central authority could even dream of restoring order. Europe was a scary place, but the historians will be quick to remind you, that it was monastic communities that preserved knowledge between the Sack of Rome and the Renaissance.

    Also, for the Fundies: St. Augustine, the guy who came up with that whole "original sin" thing, rejected the Genesis account of creation because he thought it was silly.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  8. Jos

    There is NO known religion in the world that let you free to define your spirituality by yourself. None.
    If they would, they would go broke fast, and since they all are based on money and power, they never will give you that freedom.
    However, don't get confused between religion and God.
    God is real.
    Religions are fake.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
    • Emotions make you hilarious

      What about the Unitarians? They're not exactly my cup of tea, but they let anyone in, so long as you're nice to other people.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  9. the thoughtful atheist

    The congressman's religion shouldn't be of any concern. If he is an honest politician, he would understand and abide by the seperation of church and state. And even if his Islamic faith did influence his policies, how is that any worse than when christian politicians base their policies on the bible?

    September 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • Rhonda

      My heart goes out to anyone who is not a Christian. It is impossible to separate the one true God from your thoughts, actions and decisions. Chrisitianity is not only a belief but it is also a set of behaviors. My faith and obedience to God of the Holy Trinity guides my decisions and actions in life.

      May God have mercy on non-believers!

      September 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
  10. Anon

    Both Christians and Muslims are all screwed up in the head.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  11. brainiac3397


    why should people care what religion a politician is as long as he doesn't mix religion and government. He could be a Buddhist or worship banzai trees but as long as he has good Morales,does his job with integrity and keeps religion out of politics i seriously don't care and neither should anyone else.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • Emotions make you hilarious

      I hope he doesn't have good Morales, as that would mean he was engaging in illegal human trafficking. I mean, the idea is just immoral!

      September 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  12. Jokesterer

    Ellison must have tired of bathing.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
  13. ynotsayit

    Take a close look at the adherents of any belief system. You'll discover the same range of behavior regardless of the tenets followed. What you believe is unimportant; how you behave is all that matters.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
  14. GodHimself666

    You guys are idiots! God doesn't exist!! You are all a giant simulation...

    September 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
    • Emotions make you hilarious

      If that is true, than wouldn't it also be true that for all intents and purposes, the person running the simulation would be God? I mean, in theory, they would be all powerful, as it is simple to modify the code. They would be all knowing, as I'm sure the simulation is constantly recording all data.

      And if that is also true, resurrection would be extremely simple.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
  15. Serenade

    I'll be follow the suit of the archetypal atheist, organized religion is crap. However, I'll respect a mans decision to adhere to a particular religion and as long as he doesn't impose upon and proselytize and respects western tenants of secular government. Well, then more power to him.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  16. Brian Jones

    Why is this news?! Freaking CNN drudges up the worst stuff just to generate some controversy.
    The *fact* is that Ellison converted to Islam almost 30 years ago! He's lived as a Muslim for all of his adult life... why is there any issue about him being a "convert" now?
    CNN, stop muckracking, give up the yellow journalism and *please* get back to reporting news, instead of trying to *make* it.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  17. logic

    LOL McJesus

    September 2, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  18. Jacob

    Islam is the true path and the last monotheist religion. Jesus is a prophet. Trinity is a none-sense.
    Because Jesus does not have a dad he must be a god. Well,..Adam did not have neither a mother
    nor a father- is he a God too. O christian believers open your eyes about these lies. Trinity is b..sh...'
    Three and equal => one (therefore don't even waste time in distinguishing, 1=3? b..sh..),
    Three and different, => none is God, one must have lacking properties (rule of difference).

    September 2, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
    • nate jax fl

      May Jesus my savior have mercy on you.I will not judge you if it how you view my religion .

      September 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
  19. Jumper

    The diversity of comments is certainly intriguing. . . however, may I suggest that we all use some respect when addressing other people's beliefs or non-belief. Very little is accomplished when we're all scrapping over ideology, as you may have noticed during the recent debt debate.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  20. Robrob

    "Some commenters discerned a pattern of CNN conspiring against Christianity (have they noticed all our thoughtful stories about Christianity?)" – – Of course not. That would require something more than knee-jerk over reaction.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
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