The First Muslim American Elected to Congress:
“When Americans are challenged, we generally rise to the occasion. When we’re fearful, we generally become divided. When we’re courageous and have good leadership, we unite.”
MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE is about being the first to do something. In this book we discover the backstory of what it is like to be the first Muslim to be elected to Congress in the USA. This is a significant story of how one accomplishes any action of being first to succeed. I believe the story is even more important because Ellison was born a US citizen and is from a family of many generations of US Citizens. Minnesota’s 5th District Congressional Representative was born in Detroit to an educated couple and was the middle son of a family of 5 sons. His mother is a devout Catholic and in a professional career, his father was a free-spirit and a psychologist. One of his brothers is a Baptist Pastor and almost all have law degrees. Ellison became Muslim during college because the peaceful nature of the religion and the daily practices and study helped him center and mature as an adult.
“If I was going to complain about injustice, didn’t I have an obligation to try to fix it? Complaining without offering a solution is whining.”
Keith Ellison went to college and then to Law School. He went to fine colleges and participated in all the offerings. He did not go to the Ivy League and did not attempt to be someone else. He practiced law, got married, shared life with 4 children, worked within his community, and practiced his faith. He recognized when he made miss steps and mistakes, acknowledged those actions and then worked to improve his balance. He became an astute judge of comments and assertions which were false, racist, and sexist and he looked to educate and expose rather than shout and whine.
“Islam teaches that men and women are equal before God. So why do we have these draconian laws subjugating women in some Islamic nations? Because people confuse faith with customs, laws, and politics.”
I finished the book believing that Ellison was a good representative for his district in Minnesota and he was a focused individual about what was good for democracy and all the citizens of our country. He is knowledgeable about many faiths, politics, communities and the law and I think he serves his country well and with great hope. He represents his whole district and their needs and wants. At this time, he is not one of the political “stars”, but rather a solid representative doing the best he knows how to do. If he can remain in office, I believe we will eventually describe him as a Statesman for our time.
Net Galley sent an uncorrected proof copy of this book via KINDLE and asked that I review it. It was an interesting story and I am grateful for the opportunity to read it and share MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE with my readers.
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