Fox News host Sean Hannity interviews Brigitte Gabriel of ACT for America and Michael Ghouse on US Congressman Andre Carson’s statement that American schools should be modeled after Madrassas with their foundation as the Koran and on the second topic of the White House invitation to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., who now is under fire for suggesting the U.S. needs to be “looking at” the Islamic madrassa model of education which teaches the Quran, has a history of association with a radical Muslim group that was an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to raise money for Hamas.
The group in question, the Islamic Society of North America, was listed by the Muslim Brotherhood as a “likeminded” organization that shares the goal of an Islamic nation.
During the address, Carson stressed the importance of the Quranic model of education found inside madrassas.
He stated: “America 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 Quran.”
Continued Carson: “And that model that we are pushing in some of our schools meets the multiple needs of students. …I 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.”
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…”
But Carson, who is Muslim, has been openly pro-active with the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA.
At ISNA’s annual convention held at the end of August 2008 in Columbus, Carson and Rep. Keith Ellison participated in a panel discussion entitled “Mobilizing the Muslim Political Machine: Effective Strategies for Community-Based Political Advocacy.”
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 “Effective Strategies for Muslim Political Advocacy.”
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.
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