Then, the other day, a video surfaced of a speech Carson gave on May 26 in Hartford, Connecticut, at the annual convention of the Islamic Circle of North America and Muslim American Society. “America,” Carson told his congregated coreligionists, “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…..America must understand that she needs Muslims.”
In short, Carson was giving a thumbs-up to Koran schools – schools that, as a rule, scarcely deserve to be described as schools, because they do not open minds but close them; they do not teach young people to engage in independent critical thinking but instruct them to engage in reflexive criticism (sometimes in the form of high-tech explosives) of independent thinking. Typically, a madrassa focuses chiefly on one thing – the memorization of the Koran. This all-important activity may, in some cases, be supplemented with training in such subjects as sharia law, the sayings of Muhammed, and the Arabic language. The objective of this indoctrination (for it is certainly not education) is to turn out perfectly brainwashed orthodox Muslims – people who are constitutionally incapable of questioning any aspect of the faith. This, then, is what Congressman Carson was recommending for America.
By the time you read these words, to be sure, he may already have made a public statement insisting that he misspoke or that he has been misunderstood. I frankly don’t care what kind of statement he comes out with; it is perfectly clear to me that, in the company of his fellow Muslims, Carson quite simply said what he really thought. Perhaps, caught up in the excitement of the moment, it did not occur to him that his words might be transmitted beyond that auditorium. Or perhaps, fired up by the passion of his faith, he didn’t even care, for the moment, whether his words went public.
In any event, it is not as if his comments in Hartford are entirely at odds with his previous record. “Some of them in Congress right now with this Tea Party movement,” Carson told his audience at a “job tour” that was arranged in Miami last August by the Congressional Black Caucus, “would love to see you and me…hanging on a tree.” This is, note well, also the man who, in March 2010, informed reporters that Tea Party activists protesting against Obamacare on Capitol Hill had shouted racial slurs at him and Congressman John Lewis as they walked past the crowd. Lewis himself never corroborated the claim; videos taken at the time of the alleged incident seemed to disprove it; when Andrew Breitbart offered to pay $100,000 to anyone who could produce a video substantiating Carson’s charge, nobody came forward.
Oh well – so it goes. The mask falls from yet another loyal American who “just happens to be” of the Muslim faith. And once again those of us who dare to wonder about the true convictions and loyalties of many purportedly “ordinary” Muslim Americans are forcefully reminded that our concerns are, indeed, amply justified.
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