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KATZ: Andre Carson's Bigoted Dinner Disqualifies Him From Office
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Rep. Andre Carson is an unacceptable leader who has a history of making bad choices and associating with bad people. Those bad choices became sickeningly apparent when it was learned he had dinner with terrorist supporter President Hassan Rouhani of Iran and known bigot and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. Indianapolis must vote Andre Carson out of office; They can not have someone that irresponsible as their representative.
Carson attended the dinner in 2013 with fellow Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison and Gregory Meeks.
What compels a person to have dinner with the leader of a regime (Iran) that does not allow free speech or freedom of the press, that routinely murders people for being gay and has long been a sponsor of terrorism around the globe? To accept an invitation like this is beyond understanding. One wonders how the gay community of Indianapolis will react to this knowledge? One wonders how the families of military members in Indianapolis will react to learning about this dinner?
That known anti-Semite and bigot Louis Farrakhan was in attendance is the icing on the "what-the-hell-is-wrong-with-this-guy?" cake. So we are clear, let me say again that Louis Farrakhan is an anti-Semite and a bigot. He hates white people. He hates gay people. He hates Jews. He's a horrific human being whose supporters should be looked at with utter contempt. Those who value his thoughts or ideas are on the most tattered fringes of civil society; and decent people - regardless of their political differences - should work together aggressively to make sure people like him have no positions of power or influence.
Rep. Carson decided to break bread with him. From The Wall Street Journal:
The occasion was a visit by Iran’s newly elected President Hassan Rouhani to the United Nations. Mr. Rouhani invited Muslim leaders from around the U.S. to dinner after addressing the U.N. General Assembly. Contemporaneous news reports placed Mr. Farrakhan at the dinner. Unreported by mainstream outlets was the presence of Mr. Ellison, along with Reps. Gregory Meeks of New York and Andre Carson of Indiana. (All three are Democrats; Messrs. Ellison and Carson are Muslim.)
The Nation of Islam website documents the event, noting that Mr. Rouhani “hosted the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Muslim leaders from different Islamic communities and members of the U.S. Congress at a private meeting . . . at the One UN Hotel in Manhattan Sept. 24, 2013 across the street from the UN headquarters.” The Final Call, a Nation of Islam publication, added that “ Keith Ellison of Minnesota . . . participated in the dialogue” after dinner and includes photos of Messrs. Farrakhan and Ellison at the tables. The Michigan-based Islamic House of Wisdom also reported on the meeting, with additional photos.
This isn't the first time Rep. Carson has shown bad judgement. In 2014, Patrick Poole of PJMedia wrote about Rep. Carson's attendance at a conference with a known Taliban fundraiser. At the event, the 13th Annual Muslim American Society/Islamic Circle of North America (MAS/ICNA) convention, Rep. Carson was scheduled to be on a panel about Ferguson, MO entitled, "Ferguson is our issue: We Can't Breath."
Also part of the panel was Mazen Mokhtar, who was known to the FBI as a fundraiser for the Taliban. From Poole:
In 2004, Mokhtar was named in a federal affidavit in the case of a UK-based Al-Qaeda website that raised money for the Taliban and other terrorist organizations.
According to the Washington Post:Meanwhile, a New Jersey man is under investigation for having helped a British computer specialist, also arrested in London this week, allegedly solicit funds for a terrorist group by creating and operating an exact replica of the British man's Web site.
Mazen Mokhtar, an Egyptian-born imam and political activist, operated a Web site identified in an affidavit unsealed Friday by the U.S. attorney's office in Connecticut. The Web site solicited funds for the Taliban and Chechen mujaheddin, according to the affidavit. It is an exact replica of Web sites operated by Babar Ahmad, who was arrested in England on a U.S. extradition warrant this week.
On-air, I called for Rep. Carson to resign. Attending an event with someone like that - a terrorist fundraiser! - is unacceptable. He should have known better, and should have made better decisions. In short, I stated, "Indy should not put up with this kind of ignorance." Soon after, Tim Mak of The Daily Beast interviewed me on the subject, and wrote an article entitled, "A Muslim Oversees Our Spies. Get Over It." From the article:
“I question his (Carson's) intelligence for showing up to [the] event. I question whether someone like that should be attending the House Intelligence Committee,” Katz told The Daily Beast. The radio host stopped short of questioning the congressman’s patriotism, but said his attendance at the conference raises questions about the congressman’s “belief in law and justice” over the “vigilante violence” of terrorism.