Congressmen Zach Wamp and Eric Cantor sent the following letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting her to reprimand Congressman Keith Ellison following his recent irresponsible comparison of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States to the burning of the Reichstag in 1933.
Dear Speaker Pelosi:
We are writing to express our outrage at the recent comments by one of our colleagues, Representative Keith Ellison.
On Sunday, July 7, 2007, Rep. Ellison, speaking to a group of atheists, compared the attacks of September 11, 2001, to the burning of the Reichstag. The Reichstag fire of 1933 is believed to have been set by Nazis in an effort to turn popular opinion against the communists and justify Hitler's emergency powers that ultimately led to the murder of six million Jews and many others.
Even if Rep. Ellison now asserts that he was not implying that 9/11 was orchestrated by the administration, the comparison he draws between Hitler and the President of the United States is disgraceful. It is intolerable that a member of the United States Congress would choose to exploit the worst attack on American soil as a means of political rhetoric.
Madam Speaker, we are sure you agree that while we are each entitled to our own opinion, references such as those by Rep. Ellison are beyond the pale of reasonable discourse.
We call on you to act swiftly and immediately reprimand Rep. Ellison for his flagrant and irresponsible comparison. These comments inflame hatred and division at a time when we should be promoting our unity and reconciliation.