Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress and one of only two members in the Capitol, said Wednesday that in the wake of anti-Muslim rhetoric after the Paris attacks, Muslims are feeling a need to assert even more how patriotic they are.
The Minnesota Democrat said when he hears other lawmakers suggesting Christian Syrian refugees should be allowed into the country but Muslim Syrian refugees should not, it reminds him that the First Amendment to the Constitution establishes freedom of religion.
"I'm telling you that these folks are letting fear make them forget our Constitution, and they shouldn't do it," Ellison said Wednesday on MSNBC. "The fact of the matter is, we don't do that. That's not who we are as a nation."