[THE SPIRITUAL LIFE]<br />
From Catholic to Muslim: Congressman Keith Ellison Speaks
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civil rights issues, consistently voting pro-choice and most recently co-sponsoring legislation to protect the voting rights of the disenfranchised. 

I try to live tolerance in my own way, which is why, as a politician one of my key priorities is to stand up for human rights. So, you'll find me working on racial justice, gender justice, immigration and LGBT issues.

“Some Muslims wonder why I work for LGBT rights, but it's not for us to judge people. We trust God to decide what's right and what's right. So, yeah, I do find people in Islam who are intolerant and sometimes even violently so, but ultimately our purpose is to demonstrate tolerance, live it, show it, and speak up for it.”

Brooke Obie writes the column, “The Spiritual Life,” and is an EBONY.com contributing editor. Follow her on Twitter @BrookeObie.