Another Muslim Elected to Congress

The Muslims are taking over Congress! The Muslims are taking over Congress!Andrecarson_2

Well, not really, but I’m sure some folks are starting to panic, wondering if this is some kind of sinister Al Qaeda plot — along with sneaking that Hussein guy into the White House.

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Indiana voters on Tuesday elected a Muslim
to Congress, only the second of that faith chosen in U.S. history.

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. [Link]

Until 2006, no Muslim had ever been elected to a federal position in America — and now there are two Muslim Congressmen! That’s quite remarkable, considering that we’re only six years removed from 9/11 and "Islamophobia" is still a staple of right-wing talk radio.

I can already hear Bill Cunningham‘s rant: "“Two Muslims in Congress! We’ve got two of them! There were none in 2006, now there are two. At this rate, we’ll have 50 of them by 2030 and 100 by 2050. And before you know it, USA will stand for United Shiites of America!

"We need to stop them now. We need to vote for Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jews, Buddhists, Atheists — anyone but Muslims. Like our forefathers, we need to maintain a Muslim-free Congress."   

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