March 12, 2008, - 2:26 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
As of yesterday, there are now two Muslims serving in the U.S. Congress. If you think anyone decrying this is bigoted or “phobic,” ask yourself at what threshold number you would start to be uncomfortable. Will it take 200 Muslim Members of Congress? 435 plus delegates? Does it bother you that both men, Keith Ellison and, now, Andre Carson, are staunchly supported by HAMAS-front group CAIR? Does it not bother you that neither will specifically denounce HAMAS, Hezbollah, and/or CAIR, which supports those groups? If not, will anything bother you?
Indiana voters on Tuesday elected a Muslim to Congress, only the second of that faith chosen in U.S. history. [DS: "only"?]
Andre Carson, grandson of the late Democrat Rep. Julia Carson, was elected to serve the balance of her term in the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election.
She died in December 2007, after serving 11 years in the heavily Democratic district.
The younger Carson, 33, a member of the Indianapolis City Council who converted to Islam about a decade ago, will serve out the remainder of his grandmother’s term through calendar 2008. He beat Republican Jon Elrod and a third party candidate with 52 percent of the vote to 44 percent for Elrod.
The first and only other Muslim member of the U.S. Congress is Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, also a Democrat, who is in his first term.
Carson will face a strong challenge against other contenders in a May primary which will determine who runs in November for the next full two-year term in the district which covers most of the city of Indianapolis.
His Democratic opponents then are expected to be two state legislators — Carolene Mays, an Indianapolis newspaper publisher, and David Orentlicher, a lawyer and doctor who is a professor of law and medical ethics at Indiana University School of Law and Indiana University Medical Center.
Carson’s faith had not been an issue in the special election.
And that’s the problem. It should be an issue. Just as it would be an issue if two residents of David Koresh’s compound were Members of Congress or two pre-Kool-Aid ingestion residents of Jonestown.
No surprise, CAIR–which openly stated it wants an Islamic United States, with the Koran as our Constitution–is gloating. Does that bother you? It should.
Oh, and–shocker–this was in CAIR’s “gloatation” over Carson’s election:
The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group recently led a four-week effort that produced more than 17,000 constituent letters on the issue of Israel’s blockade of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.
Translation in English: We’re mad Israel won’t help supply HAMAS so that it can finally push the Jews into the sea, once and for all.
Does it not concern you that now two more people–openly dedicated to this view–are Members of Congress and in CAIR’s back pocket . . . and bowing down on its prayer mat?
Remember, at one time there were zero Republicans in Congress, and in a century–the way things are going–there may be zero again. At the same time, there are now two Muslims in Congress today after there were zero two years ago. And in a century–since we’re doing nothing about it–there maybe 300, or even 435.
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