Congressman Ellison Calls For Interfaith Tolerance

Keith Ellison On Interfaith Dialog, Health Care

Congressman Keith Ellison spoke with The UpTake today on the six-month anniversary of the landmark passing of health care reform. He addressed the controversies surrounding the planned building of an Islamic Community Center in Manhattan and calls for burning the Koran in Florida earlier this month on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress and the representative for Minnesota’s fifth district, emphasized the importance of interfaith dialogue, avoiding hatred, and the importance of moderate voices (and humor) in politics.

On Wednesday, Ellison will be in Washington, D.C., to host a meeting of faith leaders and an Obama administration official on confronting religious bigotry, anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial — following a group of Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders’ trip to the Dachau and Auschwitz concentration camps.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.