Keith Ellison, the only Muslim member of Congress, has brokered a peace between Barack Obama and two Muslim women who were denied the opportunity to stand behind Obama during a speech in Detroit, while he was being given the official endorsement of Al Gore.
Good for them for finally standing up and calling the candidate of hope and change on his campaign's bad behavior.
Keith Ellison confronted Obama over the snub of two Muslim women wearing head scarves in Detroit by campaign staffers who refused to let them stand behind Obama. The staffers were later referred to by the agent of change as "low level volunteers" and he did the I'm sorry if anyone was offended type of apology. Not much respect for the volunteers behind the scenes, I see.
The confrontation between Ellison and Obama was characterized as "cordial but direct" during the Congressional Black Caucus meeting and the chair attempted to gavel it down so that it didn't become too heated. This is the same meeting in which Obama told women supporters of Hillary that women voters were just going to have to "get over it" and support him in November. Mr. Compassion. There's some real reaching out to the other side for you.
From The New York Times: "While the senator has visited churches and synagogues, he has yet to appear at a single mosque. Muslims and Arab-American organizations have tried repeatedly to arrange meetings with Mr. Obama, but officials with those groups say their invitations - unlike those of their Jewish and Christian counterparts - have been ignored."
According to Wall Street Journal Online: "The Obama camp even refused Rep. Keith Ellison's offer to speak at an Iowa mosque, "because it might stir controversy."
Why is the candidate so cowardly when it comes to Muslims? He'll have all the Muslim votes he wants in November so why is he snubbing them? Just because he can? It seems he is taking the same path with Muslims that the Democrat party takes with the black voter, taking their votes for granted and not doing any real work with them.
Maybe this time the minority will speak up and demand recognition. Demand some accountability. Good for Rep. Ellison for taking Obama to task for his dismal behavior.
When does all of this hope and change kick in?