House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will appoint the first Muslim member to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which deals with sensitive information on America's war against terrorism.
International Business Times reports
that Rep. André Carson, D-Ind., the second Muslim elected to the House, following the election of Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., in 2006, will take a seat on the committee.
that Carson's nomination was announced by Pelosi in a closed-door weekly Democratic caucus meeting and would be announced publicly "in the coming days."
Carson was first elected to the House in 2008 and converted to Islam 10 years before taking office, IBTimes reports.
In 2014, Carson came under fire for being scheduled to appear on a panel entitled, "Ferguson is Our Issue: We Can't Breathe," at a convention of the Muslim American Society/Islamic Circle of North America in Chicago, along with Mazen Mokhtar, a webmaster and fundraiser for al-Qaida, the Center for Security Policy reports.
However, after delivering a keynote speech, without explanation, Carson did not appear on the panel.
In 2011, Carson told the Congressional Black Caucus that "some of them in Congress right now of this tea party movement would love to see you and me hanging on a tree" and accused tea party members of creating "the effort that we’re seeing of Jim Crow," Politico reports.
Politico noted his spokesman Jason Tomcsi later explained, "The congressman used strong language because the tea party agenda jeopardizes our most vulnerable and leaves them without the ability to improve their economic standing.
"The tea party is protecting its millionaire and oil company friends while gutting critical services that they know protect the livelihood of African-Americans, as well as Latinos and other disadvantaged minorities."
In 2012, Carson caused another flap while speaking to the Islamic Circle of North America by saying that "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," the Huffington Post reported.
Carson later released a statement explaining, "While I do not believe that any particular faith should be the foundation of our public schools, it is important that we take note of the instructional tools these schools utilize to empower their young people. Christian, Jewish, and Islamic schools have experienced notable success by casting off a one-size-fits-all approach to education, and this is a model we must replicate. Having attended a parochial elementary school myself, I’ve seen these successes first hand."
Pelosi's action "would make Carson the first Muslim to serve on the committee that receives intelligence on the threat of Islamic militants in the Middle East," WorldNetDaily reported.
"Now, he’s going to be privy to some of the nation’s most sensitive intelligence."
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