Keith Ellison is trying to keep himself as a viable candidate for heading the DNC by cancelling his keynote speech at a convention of the most radical Muslims in the United States. The convention is an annual event sponsored by the Muslim American Society-Islamic Circle of North America (MAS-ICNA) . Every major radical Muslim who supports terrorism will be there. Before he was being considered for the head of the DNC, he had agreed to be the keynote speaker. His speech was to be “Our Voice Will Be Heard.”
No reason was given for Ellison’s cancellation but it’s pretty obvious that after all the grief he has already encountered over previous actions and statements, that he needed to steer clear of the terrorist convention. As the head of the DNC, Ellison would have a powerful platform to make the case that murdering terrorists are really the good guys.
Ellison has apologized for some of his past remarks. He has also said he regrets his past support for Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who has made anti-Semitic remarks.
Earlier this month, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish civil rights group, said that Ellison’s controversial past should disqualify him leading the DNC.
An appearance at the MAS-ICNA event would likely have further eroded his chances of taking over the DNC.
As The Middle East Forum notes in a dossier it released this week, one speaker listed in MAS-ICNA’s program is Mohammad Qatanani, the imam of the Islamic Center of Passaic County. Qatanani currently faces deportation from the U.S. because he failed to disclose on his green card application that he was once a member of Hamas, the terrorist group.