Congress' first Muslim can build bridges

November 16, 2006

Author: Raeed N. Tayeh

Source: Detroit Free Press

The election of Keith Ellison to Congress is a victory for the 7 million Muslims living in the United States. And it's a victory for America.

Ellison will represent Minnesota's 5th Congressional District -- proof positive of Muslim integration into American society.

A 43-year-old black state legislator, Ellison will be the first nonwhite to represent Minnesota in Washington. And when he takes his seat in Congress next January, he will also be the first Muslim to do so.

Ellison's campaign brought people together from all walks of life. It earned him diverse endorsements, from the Somali-American Democratic Association to the American Jewish World newspaper. Like members of other religious groups, Muslim-Americans are not monolithic in their views.