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TakeAction Minnesota exploiting Crossroads shooting

I didn’t think they’d do this but TakeAction Minnesota is doing its best to exploit the Crossroads Mall shooting for political advantage. This morning, I received an email from Justin Lewandowski. Justin says that he “was born and raised in Saint Cloud” and that he’s “also a former student of Saint Cloud State” and that he’s “a community organizer.”

Justin wanted me to know that “What happened in Crossroads, in my community, this weekend is a tragedy. I’m hurting and so is the rest of my TakeAction team. We wish the ten victims of the attack and their families healing and strength.” After that, the email gets uber-emotional fast.

For instance, Sarah Drake, a single mother, community leader and TakeAction Volunteer, said “I’m a single mother passionate about learning about others and being a bridge builder. On Sunday morning I visited a Somali Muslim owned business so they knew they had an ally in the wake of this tragedy. My daughter and I discuss the issues facing our community regularly and as a result, she was leading conversations with students at school. By letting people see my actions, they started to talk about their fears and good experience with their neighbors.”

Next I heard from Sabrin, who is described as a “community leader and a “TakeAction Volunteer.” Sabrin said:

Emotions are contagious, so spread positivity. A community is like marriage, through sickness and in health, to have a healthy community requires that we be strong together, speak to each other, and to move in one breath and beat. We need to come together right now, or we won’t heal. We can’t be afraid. Let us hold hands through our roughest times.

Both of these testimonials make some foolish assumptions. First, they’re assuming that the Somali community wants to assimilate. At this point, that’s a theory. It isn’t a fact. If Somali refugees were interested in assimilation, why did the terrorist’s father need a translator when talking to police? He’s been here 18 years, which is more than enough time to learn the language.

Next, these TakeAction, aka DFL, volunteers apparently think that these refugees just need to be told that they’re welcome here for them to become productive members of the St. Cloud community. I’m sure that if Sabrin and Sarah had just talked with Dahir Adan, he wouldn’t have attacked those shoppers at Crossroads Saturday night.

It’s pretty sick to use a terrorist attack to cozy up to voters who frequently don’t share our priorities. That’s what TakeAction Minnesota just did.

Technorati: Dahir Adan, Crossroads Mall, Somali Refugee, Terrorism, TakeAction Minnesota

Authored By Let Freedom Ring Blog