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13 September 2010

Minnesota: The 'Islamic Republic'

Minn.jpgA Messianic Jewish leader is outraged that officials at the Minnesota State Fair recently gave a group of Muslims great access to fairgoers so they could distribute Islamic propaganda.

The "Great Minnesota Get-Together" is one of the largest and best-attended state fairs in the country. And according to The Washington Times, when fairgoers exited the recent event, they were greeted by a Muslim couple who were passing out glossy cards that read "Islam Explained" on one side and had about a 180-word background on Islam on the other.

The Times article says the couple was trying to convince people that Islam is being misunderstood by too many Americans as violent and depraved. But Jan Markell, founder and director of Minnesota-based Olive Tree Ministries, points out that ample evidence supports the unfortunate truth about Islam and its radical adherents.

"We can go back to 1993 [to] the World Trade Tower attack. We can go back to 1998 to the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Africa. We can go back to 2000 and the Cole bombing," she recalls. "They have a track record."

Markell is also upset that the Muslims were given better access to the fairgoers than permitted for Christians who were trying to hand out gospel tracts.

"They're almost always told, 'If you're going to do it, you've got to go many, many blocks away,'" she reports. "So now we see that Muslims were there handing out tracts right at the gate -- special privilege. They're not sent a long way away."

The Olive Tree Ministries founder decides that this favoritism awarded to the Muslim couple is just another example of the bend-over-backwards preferential treatment given to the Islamic population of her state, prompting her to call it "The Islamic Republic of Minnesota.



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