Keith Ellison

Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota’s 5th district, won his race for a House seat, making him the first Muslim to be elected to Congress.

Which should put a stop to anyone who says Muslims can’t get elected in America.

Still no openly atheist elected officials, though.

How long will it take before that happens? I must say, even without all the results in, I’m mildly optimistic it could happen. Not saying when. It won’t be soon. But people seemed more open-minded overall than they have been in the past.

Ben Franks, the supposed atheist from Texas, is currently losing his race for the seat on the 6th Court of Appeals… so close. Kind of.

[tags]Keith Ellison, Muslim, elections, House, atheist, Ben Franks, Texas, 6th Court of Appeals, Minnesota[/tags]

  • txatheist

    Ben Franks will lose. Right now with 92% of the vote in he has 60567 votes and Bailey Moseley has 86766. Not bad.

  • MN Athiest

    I voted for Ellison – he won in our district by a landslide. There was some controversey over him being aquainted with Louis Farrakhon (Leader of the National of Islam) – I guess they met at the University of Minnesota – but it didn’t seem to hurt him too much. In fact, being Muslim seemed to protect him to a certain extent, that was often the topic of discussion about him in the local media as they ignored or just skimmed over his “checkered past” – which I think is just a bunch of unpaid parking tickets.

  • txatheist

    Governor. Rick Perry, after a God and country sermon attended by dozens of political candidates Sunday, said that he agreed with the minister that non-Christians will be condemned to hell. “In my faith, that’s what it says, and I’m a believer of that,” the governor said. This is the kind of statement that wins you voters in Texas.

  • spin sycle

    I sure didn’t vote for Perry and yeah, I’m totally disgusted by him….and sad that he’s still in office.

  • txatheist

    spin sycle,
    May I ask who you voted for? I voted for Bell though I wasn’t completely against Kinky or CKS. I just think Bell was the most professional and would fix schools, taxes, and stop the Texas Trans Corridor project. My father in law voted for CKS and I’m going to ask him why. We have great discussions as he’s very informed and is finally sick of the Repubs. He’s of the mindset Dems love to tax to death so that’s why he’s a Repub.

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