Lynne Torgerson is running for Minnesota’s fifth Congressional district as an independent, against Democratic incumbent Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. On Torgerson’s website, she claims that we cannot discriminate against anybody on the basis of religion, race, sex, etc, but she goes on to declare that Islam is not a religion protected under the First Amendment.
“What do I know about Islam?” Torgerson asks. She cites 9/11, Ft. Hood, a verse of the Quran, the memoir “Infidel,” and observing local Muslim women in downtown Minneapolis as formative events in her knowledge of Islam.
Of her incumbent opponent she says, “we have Keith Ellison with ties both to Islam and to CAIR. We have him also voting against funding the needs of our military. Keith Ellison has no business in our federal government.”