Thursday, January 3, 2008

A New Carson for Congress?

Abdul Hakim-Shabazz reports this in his blog:

"I asked Carson about the criticism levied at him that he is being “anointed” for the seat because he is Julia’s grandson. He says it is legitimate concern because of the potential for abuse, but he he was running to continue his grandmother’s tradition of being a voice for those citizens who had none and not about carrying on a family name....

"Carson also said his age and experience are legitimate issues, acknowledging that the candidates who have filed or will soon file have impressive resumes....

"I also asked Carson about his ties with controversial figure Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan, who spoke at Julia’s funeral. He says Farrakhan spoke at his grandmother’s request and he takes a more moderate approach to his Islamic faith, even though he was raised a Christian."

Wait a minute, says this Indianapolis Observer. Andre Carson is a member of the Nation of Islam? [NOTE: that is NOT the same as being a Muslim in the Sunni or Shi'ite traditions; the Nation of Islam is separate and distinct.]

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