"WASHINGTON - The nation’s first Muslim congressman said Tuesday that he erred
in comparing the Bush administration’s response to Sept. 11 to an event that led
to Adolf Hitler’s consolidation of power in Nazi Germany.
At an appearance before a group of atheists in Minnesota on July 8, Rep. Keith
Ellison, D-Minn., called Sept. 11 “the juggernaut” that led to war, tolerating
torture and increased discrimination against religious minorities.
“It’s almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that,” he said. “After the
Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it and it put the leader of
that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do
whatever he wanted.”"
This comment was unfounded and should not have been made. Rhetoric like this does nothing to progress discussion forward. It does everything to cause division and create hate and fear.