Thursday, February 01, 2007

Mayor Ellis Becomes Muslim, May Run for Congress

Randall Savage with WMAZ is reporting that Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis, a lifelong Christian, is converting to the Islamic faith and is contemplating running for Jim Marshall's congressional seat. From this point forward, the Mayor should be called Hakim Mansour Ellis.

I don't even know what to say about this. Steve Allen, chair of the Bibb County Democratic Party, commented that a person's faith is personal, but that he thought that Mayor Ellis might have a more difficult time winning in the 8th. You think?

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5 comments:

Tina said...

I'm just curious to know whether he plans to run as a Shiite or a Sunni....

VictoratGaImproper said...

Hey lighten up Tina, you tryin to start a war near your alma mater? Cousin Jack is just trying to promote International Cousin Month. Mansour means Victor, i'm in heaven, finally got someone to name their child after me.

Tina said...

He has every right to become a muslim if he wishes. I heard that he has chosen to be a sunni. For those (like myself) who are interested in what being a sunni entails, pls check out this website
for an explanation:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunni

VictoratGaImproper said...

Tina, not that i'm trying interupt the view around here with any non politics-for-politics sake debate but i thought this morning's SB51 defeat in the Senate HHS cmte would be extremely important to you.

Where can we find out who voted this down? I've tried Schaeffer's link and the State of Ga Link to no avail...

See Day 13:
http://www.davidshafer.org/

and

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/sum/sb51.htm

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 2 of Title 49 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the Department of Human Resources, so as to permit the department to obtain national criminal history background data on owners of personal care homes, private home care providers, and child welfare agencies; to provide for definitions; to provide for the establishment of a uniform method of obtaining national criminal history background checks; to prohibit owners with certain criminal records from operating licensed facilities; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

Guess Nursing home owners and children's welfare agency workers don't like to see their shadows either and have put their money where the sun don't shine?

Victor Jones
Macon, Georgia, USA



Senate
Health and Human Services
Committee Members

Thomas, Don (R-SS 54) Chairman
Unterman, Renee S (R-SS 45) Vice Chairman
Goggans, Greg (R-SS 07) Secretary
Adelman, David (D-SS 42) Member
Balfour, Don (R-SS 09) Member
Butler, Gloria S. (D-SS 55) Member
Carter, Joseph (R-SS 13) Ex-Officio
Grant, Johnny (R-SS 25) Member
Hawkins, Lee (R-SS 49) Member
Henson, Steve (D-SS 41) Member
Hill, Judson (R-SS 32) Member
Orrock, Nan (D-SS 36) Ex-Officio
Shafer, David (R-SS 48) Ex-Officio
Smith, Preston W. (R-SS 52) Member
Tate, Horacena (D-SS 38) Member
Wiles, John J. (R-SS 37) Member

Khalid said...

"An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action." ~the prophet Muhammad, pbuh

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The following letter was sent from Malcolm to his assistants, new Muslim Mosque, press and his wife, during the conclusion of his pilgrimage to Mecca.


Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality and the overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood as practiced by people of all colors and races here in this Ancient Holy Land, the home of Abraham, Muhammad and all other prophets of the Holy Scriptures. For the past week, I have been utterly speechless and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people of all colors.

I have been blessed to visit the Holy City of Mecca. I have made my seven circuits around the Ka'ba, led by a young Mutawaf named Muhammad. I drank water from the well of Zem Zem. I ran seven times back and forth between the hills of Mt. Al-Safa and Al-Marwah. I have prayed in the ancient city of Mina, and I have prayed on Mt. Arafat.

There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue eyed blonds to black skin Africans. But we were all participating in the same rituals, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had lead me to believe never could exist between the white and non-white.

America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have considered 'white' -- but the 'white' attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colors together, irrespective of their color.

You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to re-arrange much of my thought patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions. This was not too difficult for me. Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experiences and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.

During the past eleven days here in the Muslim world, I have eaten from the same plate, drunk from the same glass, and slept in the same bed, (or on the same rug) -- while praying to the same God -- with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond, and whose skin was the whitest of white. And in the same words and in the actions and in the deeds of the 'white' Muslims, I felt the same sincerity that I felt among the black African Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan and Ghana.

We were truly all the same (brothers) -- because their belief in one God had removed the 'white' from their minds, the 'white' from their behavior, and the 'white' from their attitude.

I could see from this, that perhaps if white Americans could accept the Oneness of God, then perhaps, too, they could accept in reality the Oneness of Man -- and cease to measure, and hinder, and harm others in terms of their differences in color.

With racism plaguing America like an incurable cancer, the so-called 'Christian' white American heart should be more receptive to a proven solution to such a destructive problem. Perhaps it could be in time to save America from imminent disaster -- the same destruction brought upon Germany by racism that eventually destroyed the Germans themselves.

Each hour here in the Holy Land enables me to have greater spiritual insights into what is happening in America between black and white. The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities -- he is only reacting to four hundred years of conscious racism of the American whites. But as racism leads America up the suicide path, I do believe, from the experience that I have had with them, that the whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, will see the handwriting on the wall and many of them will turn to the spiritual path of truth -- the only way left to America to ward off the disaster that racism inevitably must lead to.

Never have I been so highly honored. Never have I been made to feel more humble and unworthy. Who would believe the blessings that have been heaped upon an American Negro? A few nights ago, a man who would be called in America a 'white' man, a United Nations diplomat, an ambassador, a companion of kings, gave me his hotel suite, his bed. By this man, His Excellency Prince Faisal, who rules this Holy Land, was made aware of my presence here in Jedda. The very next morning, Prince Faisal's son, in person, informed me that by the will and decree of his esteemed father, I was to be a State Guest.

The deputy Chief of Protocol himself took me before the Hajj Court. His Holiness Sheikh Muhammad Harkon himself okayed my visit to Mecca. His Holiness gave me two books on Islam, with his personal seal and autograph, and he told me that he prayed that I would be a successful preacher of Islam in America. A car, a driver, and a guide, have been placed at my disposal, making it possible for me to travel about this Holy Land almost at will. The government provides air conditioned quarters and servants in each city that I visit. Never would I have even thought of dreaming that I would ever be a recipient of such honors -- honors that in America would be bestowed upon a King -- not a Negro.

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the Worlds.

Sincerely,

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)