I’ve said before that Keith Ellison is a good man and a fine congressman for Minnesota, for whom I was proud to vote last November. His Reichstag comment seems to have been misinterpreted, but I absolutely loved a comment that he made in a speech to an organization called Atheists for Human Rights (www.atheistsforhumanrights.org).
He said, “You’ll always find this Muslim standing up for your right to be atheists all you want.” (If you want to know more about his Reichstag comment, here’s a long post from our friend The Friendly Atheist about the speech and the comment: http://friendlyatheist.com/2007/07/16/keith-ellison-comments/.)
Now there’s a man who understands religious freedom, and freedom in general. He believes in God fervently, yet he can stand up before people with whom he disagrees and promise to help protect their rights.