While the media lambasted Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) for speaking to a group that was funded by neo-Nazi David Duke, they are in full celebration today as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) names Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) to the House Intelligence Agency, even though Carson has a checkered past with Islamic groups.
Scalise was painted as a racist and neo-Nazi for merely speaking to a David Duke-funded group. But, Carson has taken thousands of dollars from Islamic groups who have a past with allegedly supporting terrorists or terrorism.
According to the Daily Caller, “Carson received a $1,000 campaign contribution in the 2014 election cycle and $5,000 during the 2008 cycle from the political action committee for the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights group which was named an unindicted co-conspirator of the Holy Land Foundation — a group which was found guilty in federal court of providing material support to Hamas, which the U.S. considers a terrorist group.”
Carson has also received more than $30,000 in campaign contributions from individuals associated with CAIR and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which was also named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case.
And in a speech back in 2012, Carson suggested that the Koran should be the basis of the American public education system, saying “America will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our madrassas, in our schools, where innovation is encouraged, where the foundation is the Quran. And that model that we are pushing in some of our schools meets the multiple needs of students…America must understand that she needs Muslims.”
But, none of this has gotten the media’s attention.
With the announcement of Pelosi’s decision, CNN, Politico and NPR all posted articles on the subject, but none of them even mentioned the controversies surrounding Carson’s past.
Here’s an excerpt from the CNN story:
Indiana Rep. Andre Carson will be the first Muslim to serve on the House intelligence committee. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi announced she would name Carson to panel at weekly caucus meeting on Tuesday, according to two senior House Democratic leadership aides.
And an excerpt from the NPR story:
Carson was raised Baptist but converted to Islam as a teenager. He has said he first was attracted by Muslims’ “pushing back on crime” in his neighborhood in Indianapolis.
And Politico’s story:
Carson would be the first Muslim to serve on the committee and was the second Muslim to be elected to Congress. He already serves on the Armed Services Committee and worked for the Department of Homeland Security’s Fusion Center — the clearinghouse established by the federal government to streamline data sharing between the CIA, FBI, Department of Justice and the military.
Meanwhile, Scalise is still being attacked for talking to a group tied to David Duke about budgetary issues.