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?

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  1. Sun

    12212012 is fast approaching. Register yourself at sunpyramid.net before it will start charging registration fees. I come everyday.

    September 3, 2011 at 2:07 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      the date means nothing more than the end of the Mayan calendar

      September 3, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  2. Rabbi Green

    As long at he can check his baggage at the door and remember who he is working for, he'll be fine...

    September 3, 2011 at 2:06 am |
  3. @DamianKnight

    Thank you so much for all your effort to bring me to exercise Christian kindness. Let me observe a bit more. I really appreciated your letters. I'm a bit released you and Laughing understands my love for USA is sincere, although her stance is no longer what I'd give my life for. I remember the American missionaries' vast con-tri-butions and American soldiers' sacrifices all over the world. I want to do something good for Americans.

    September 3, 2011 at 2:00 am |
  4. @Laughing

    I thought you were another anti-christian mocker because of your user name, the shallow way you initially commented. Now I know you have some sincerity in you, I will give you more than surface replies from now on. My names have been hijacked again as you've seen it; find me somewhere. I may still use the correct descriptions on atheists to others, but if you keep your manners, I won't use them in communicating with you. @Laughing, if you care nothing about God, what is the dream or goal of secular Jews? What meaning is there being a Jew at all if you deny God? Israel's non-religious is under 4%. If Judaism does not mark the Jews, what does? What do you have other than hedonism when stripped off from Judaism? Can't you see the abysmal meaninglessness there? Wake up. Your refusal of God is your worst sin as the Psalmist says.

    September 3, 2011 at 1:49 am |
    • Anon


      September 3, 2011 at 1:59 am |
    • @Anon

      Secular Westerners have no morality. Why do these hedonists and self-worshippers even mention morality?

      September 3, 2011 at 2:03 am |
  5. STR

    The muslims are the biggest liars in the world.

    Did you know it is an honerable thing for muslims to lie to infidels?
    Muslims are allowed and expected to lie to anyone outside of their faith.

    Muslims cannot be trusted in anything they say.

    We should leave their countries and leave them continue to kill and fight themselves.
    We should quit giving them aid and money. They simply lie behind our backs.
    We pay Pakistan for helping fight terrorism and they were protecting Osama for years.

    September 3, 2011 at 1:45 am |
    • Jesusismyidol

      I'm with you. 100% accurate. We need to rise up and do something. Create a watch dog organization. Our government isn't helping us, they are the catalyst to the problem.

      September 3, 2011 at 2:02 am |
  6. maggster

    Hey you don't see Muslim people going from door to door at like 8 in the morning -.- ... saying would you like to know the word of Islam, do you believe in Allah, have you read the Quran -.- .. well in southern Cali i've never had one Muslim person knock on my door, so i guess im not worried ha ha not yet ??? should i be ? its always the Mormons the Catholics and the Christians ... the Mormons keep asking for me when the come tho and ask my mom for my numb -.- shesh i just wanna be able to sleep thru a Sunday and Saturday morning past 12 with no one knocking on ma door !!!

    September 3, 2011 at 1:42 am |
  7. JFB

    @Idont Thinkso
    osama bin laden was a CIA agent when against Russia if he actually existed in first place!!!

    September 3, 2011 at 1:40 am |
    • Idont Thinkso

      If you really believe that, then you're completely laughable!!!

      September 3, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  8. @Laughing and AtheistSteve

    @Laughing, the world was hopelessly barbaric before Europeans and Americans found them. If you worship demons and oppress the locals such as women, you get razed by foreign forces in time. The world learned civility from the Christian West though not every nation was equally smart in adapting the civility. USA last century engaged in wars only to defeat tyrants or to stop spreading tyranny. For no other reason. Learn history correctly.
    @AtheistSteve: God has right to give life and take it away, but humans have no right to purposefully take away innocent human lives in such as abortion. You atheists' hopelessness stays in that you regard the Creator God on your own level though you are downright evil and stupid.

    September 3, 2011 at 1:36 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      So God's ways are above our understanding. This is the dumbest of all arguments. When it suits your purposes you claim a clear understanding of what God needs, wants and expects of us. All from the words of tribal ignoramuses from 2000 years ago. However when pressed with examples of how unjust, immoral and contradictory your God appears in the real world you fall back on "God works in mysterious ways".You claim to know God's will while simultaneously saying his will cannot be known. What a cop-out. But there is no surprise here. Your God is a concept of your imagination so you can make him fit whatever twisted bias you have.

      September 3, 2011 at 7:20 am |
    • Xenia

      AtheistSteve, every human dies. Be thankful that God allowed you to live to this day. From your blasphemous at-ti-tude against God, His be-ne-vo-lence toward you is a sheer miracle.

      September 4, 2011 at 4:09 am |
  9. Anon


    September 3, 2011 at 1:33 am |
    • Jesusismyidol

      Nice. Your own contradictory formula so that you always win. Propaganda.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:57 am |
    • Anon

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

      September 3, 2011 at 2:03 am |
  10. Kazan

    Religions are man made, Life style is regional cultural heritage, and religion adapt to the life style of the region and not the other way round. All religions can be as good or as bad, the problem is not the religion but the people, fact is that bad and good people exist in all nations, colors, and religions .

    September 3, 2011 at 1:21 am |
  11. tonny

    nothing like Christianity in the face of GOD , Islam is only GODS religion , Christianity is complete satanic way that is using the name of Jesus to deceive people from true way of GOD . check the way muslim are praying to GOD in the bible ( nehe: 8 vrs 4 ). all christian are going to hell fire according to Jesus in the bible (mat 7 vrs 21). and almighty GOD confirm it in the holy QURAN (3 vrs 85 ) that hell fire is awaiting for all christian .

    September 3, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • fred

      Tell me does your holy book say to kill infidels (jews and americans)
      Does your holy book say it is good to lie in order to further Islam
      Does your holy book say it is good to mistreat women
      Does your holy book say those who kill innocent Jews and Americans today will get virgins to play with in heaven

      September 3, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • Kidz

      "My fantasy superhero comic book is better than yours. Neener, neener, neener"

      Go at it boys...

      September 3, 2011 at 1:30 am |
    • Jesusismyidol

      @tonny – The door is narrow and only few will find it. You won't be one of them. Especially having to double post. Praise the Lord which is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:44 am |
  12. tonny

    nothing like christianity in the face of GOD , islam is only GODS religion , christianity is complete satanic way that is using the name of jesus to deceive people from true way of GOD . check the way muslim are praying to GOD in the bible ( nehe: 8 vrs 4 ). all christian are going to hell fire acording to jesus in the bible (mat 7 vrs 21). and almighty GOD confirm it in the holy QURAN

    September 3, 2011 at 1:10 am |
  13. Abd

    You will not be a good christian, jew, atheist or any types of believes you follow even based on principales and humanitarian to hate other humman. The bible and torah did not mention to hate muslim or other humman. So what you guys believe in?

    September 3, 2011 at 1:03 am |
  14. Darren

    he is and idiot...but it his choice.....Islam is evil and dark at it core....

    September 3, 2011 at 1:03 am |
    • What

      You don't know it yet but you are the face of Satan. A slave to Satan. If Islam is evil than Christianity is Lord of all evil. Christian kill way more people than Muslim, they were responsible for two world war and yes than was christian nation that nuke two civilian city that kill over 200,000 people. You must be proud Cristian. So much for religion of love and forgiving.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:47 am |
  15. Chris

    Of course CNN does stories on Christianity but compare the content and the ridiculousness of the stories to that given on stories on Islam. Stories on Michelle Bachmans Christianity is an embarrassment to the rest of us and vice versa.

    September 3, 2011 at 12:48 am |
  16. Be Afraid

    Catholic church does not offer 74 virgins. Problem with truth in advertising?

    September 3, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • Kyle

      It offers 100 little boys.

      September 3, 2011 at 12:35 am |
    • Jeff

      It's actually "raisins" not "virgins," but that's what you get when you learn everything you know from the television.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:03 am |
  17. brahim

    People don't like Islam ,they like wine,pork,interest rates, raping girls in high school and teaching them how to use candoms.playing lotto,stealing ,stripping,and the list is too big. and the worst all this is done proudly and they call it American way of life and freedom.

    September 3, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • Lonewolf777

      Any religion that is against wine should be condemned for eternity. Touch my Pinot Noir and I'll kill you – slowly.

      September 3, 2011 at 2:07 am |
  18. Reality

    As noted on p. 2:

    Dear Rep. Ellison and also Muneef, lost from being Bred, Born and Brainwashed (the Three B Syndrome) in Islam,
    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost Muslims- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils/jinni are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    September 3, 2011 at 12:21 am |
    • Anon

      Comparative religion can shatter faith. ^_^

      September 3, 2011 at 2:05 am |
  19. brahim

    Many people don't like Islam because there will be no:stupid girls to fool them and have then every night, no wine to make people drunk and fight and commit crimes, no pork containing viruses causing cancer, no lottery that causes people to lost their money selling their properties and spending salaries for the "dream", no interest rates which bank used to fool people and have already caused the destruction of the American economical system.

    September 3, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Idont Thinkso

      You are the exact kind of muslim that is perpetuating / reinforcing many Americans opinions of Islam in general. Keep up the good work m0r0n! Oh and by the way, at least in this country he isn't facing the death penalty for converting to another religion, try that in one of your "great islamic lands".

      September 3, 2011 at 1:05 am |
    • Jesusismyidol

      So sad that it teaches you these beliefs. There is still hope. You can still convert to Christianity and be saved from this nonsense.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:49 am |
    • Anon

      Both Christianity and Islam are nonsense.

      September 3, 2011 at 2:06 am |
  20. Ramzey Abdallah

    I dont understand why all of you people are going crazy because he is now a muslim, i thought this was america, and we had the freedom of speech? It looks like muslims are considered bad people in the american world. But i can tell you that not one muslim hates a christian. You guys are all full of hate. I dont get the way you people operate hating other people because they are different. Wow you guys are pathetic.

    September 3, 2011 at 12:17 am |
    • Be Afraid

      Maybe because a muslim converting to Christianity results in the death penalty in many muslim countries.

      September 3, 2011 at 12:33 am |
    • Kyle

      I think you meant freedom of religion.

      By your standard, those of us against religion don't have the right to freedom of speech because it angers you, correct?


      September 3, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • Idont Thinkso

      @ Ramzey Abdallah
      "Not one muslim hates a christian" Have you ever heard of the name osama bin laden? Please...

      September 3, 2011 at 1:08 am |
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