Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison has sent an invitation to ultraconservative lobbyist Tony Perkins to visit Minneapolis, to debunk his claims the city is one of a few places in America with "no-go zones" where Sharia Law trumps state and federal laws.
Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group Family Research Council -- a "Christian public policy ministry" with a pro-life and anti same-sex marriage agenda.
"There are some areas in this country that, in effect, that has occurred," Perkins said, referring to the concept of "no-go zones," in an interview with watchdog website Right Wing Watch. "Dearborn, Michigan is one of the places. There are some places in Minneapolis. I don't think it's as clear cut as what we've seen in Europe."
Rep. Ellison, whose 5th District covers Minneapolis, responded with an assurance that "this is not true," and invited Perkins to visit the city and see that Minneapolis is "an inclusive and thriving city completely under the jurisdiction of local, state and federal laws." Ellison offered to arrange meetings with local and federal law enforcement and community leaders to help Perkins take "an important step toward interfaith understanding."