MUSLIM CONGRESSMAN ANDRE CARSON TIED TO UNINDICTED TERROR CO-CONSPIRATOR: Wants U.S. schools to be modeled after Koranic madrassas
Posted on July 11, 2012 at 10:56 PM EST
By Aaron Klein
Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) has a history of association with a radical Muslim group that was an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to raise money for Hamas.
Carson is currently coming under fire for suggesting the U.S. needs to be âlooking atâ the madrassa model of education where the Koran serves as foundation.
The group in question, the Islamic Society of North America, was listed by the Muslim Brotherhood as a âlike mindedâ organization that shares the goal of an Islamic nation.
Carson gave a speech in May to the convention of the Islamic Circle of North America. Clips from that speech have been playing on Fox News this week.
He stated: âAmerica will never win the war against terrorism without help from the Muslim community. 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 Koran.â
Continued Carson: âAnd that model that we are pushing in some of our schools meets the multiple needs of students. âŠI have found that we need an educational model that is current, that meets the needs of our students. America must understand that she needs Muslims.â
Many madrassas have a reputation for teaching anti-Western values.
In response to the controversy, Carson issued a press release stating that no “…particular faith should be the foundation of our public schools…”
Carson, who is Muslim, has been openly pro-active with the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA.
At ISNAâs annual convention held at the end of August 2008 in Columbus, Carson and Rep. Keith Ellison participated in a panel discussion entitled âMobilizing the Muslim Political Machine: Effective Strategies for Community-Based Political Advocacy.â
The panel focused on community organizing tools for and participation in the electoral process, as well as how to create political action committees.
Carson and Ellison again participated at the July 2009 ISNA convention. The topic of discussion this time was âEffective Strategies for Muslim Political Advocacy.â
The panelists, including Ellison and Carson, shared ideas on how the Muslim community can effectively engage in political advocacy.
Another at ISNA session, the two panelists addressed the state of education in the Muslim community.
âBurn down the masterâs houseâ
ISNA was established in 1981 by activists from the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Muslim Students Association.
It was the subject of a terrorism investigation in December 2003 by the Senate Finance Committee, which looked into âpossible links between nongovernmental organizations and terrorist financing networks.â
In June 2007, ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a U.S. Department of Justice legal case brought against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development officials regarding the funding of millions of dollars to the Hamas terrorist group.Â Â Â The official court documents named the ISNA as “entities who are and/or were members of the US Muslim Brotherhood.”
In his October 2003 statement before the Senate Judiciary Committeeâs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security, J. Michael Waller, the Annenberg Professor of IinternationalÂ CommunicationÂ at the Institute of World Politics, testified: âThe Islamic Society of North America is an influential front for the promotion of the Wahhabi political, ideological and theological infrastructure in the United States and Canada. âŠ. . . ISNA seeks to marginalize leaders of the Muslim faith who do not support its ideological goals.â
Waller expands on ISNAâs range of influence, stating ISNA that the group sponsors propaganda and doctrinal material for an estimated 1,500 to 2,500 mosques in North America in pursuit of its objectiveâdominating Islam in North America.
Indeed, ISNAâs North American Islamic Trust owns between 50 and 79 percent of U.S. mosques. It not only owns and finances them, but also is subsidizing construction of more mosques in the U.S.Â Â Â than just providing comfort to inmates.
ISNA and the Saudi-funded Muslim Studentsâ Association are partners. WND previously attended an association event at which violence against the U.S. was urged by speakers.
âWe are not Americans,â shouted one speaker, Muhammad Faheed, at Queensborough Community College in 2003. âWe are Muslims. [The U.S.] is going to deport and attack us! It is us versus them! Truth against falsehood! The colonizers and masters against the oppressed, and we will burn down the masterâs house!â
ISNA was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document â âAn Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North Americaâ â as one of the Brotherhoodâs likeminded âorganizations of our friendsâ who shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation, according to Discover the Networks.
Islam scholar Stephen Schwartz describes ISNA as âone of the chief conduits through which the radical Saudi form of Islam passes into the United States.â
According to terrorism expert Steven Emerson, ISNA âis a radical group hiding under a false veneer of moderationâ that publishes a bimonthly magazine, Islamic Horizons, that âoften champions militant Islamist doctrine.â The group also âconvenes annual conferences where Islamist militants have been given a platform to incite violence and promote hatred,â states Emerson. Emerson cites an ISNA conference in which al-Qaida supporter and PLO official Yusuf Al Qaradhawi was invited to speak.
Emerson further reports that in September 2002, a full year after Sept. 11, speakers at ISNAâs annual conference still refused to acknowledge Osama bin Ladenâs role in the terrorist attacks.
Also, ISNA has held fundraisers for terrorists, notes Discover the Networks. After Hamas leader Mousa Marzook was arrested and eventually deported in 1997, ISNA raised money for his defense. The group also has condemned the U.S. governmentâs postâSept. 11 seizure of Hamasâ and Palestinian Islamic Jihadâs financial assets.
With additional research by Brenda J. Elliott