Muslim running for Congress wants to combat ignorance about his faith
Associated Press - February 15, 2008 6:04 AM ET
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Democratic Congressional candidate Andre Carson could become the second Muslim elected to Congress and a role model for a faith community seeking to make its mark in national politics.
Carson is the Democratic nominee in a March 11th special election to succeed his late grandmother, Julia Carson, representing Indiana's 7th District.
If Carson wins, he would join Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison as the only Muslims elected to Congress.
The 33-year-old Carson says he doesn't believe his religious identity hurts him politically.
Carson says his faith doesn't drive his stands on issues, other than instilling the values that have shaped his life and led him to public service.
He converted to Islam more than a decade ago and attends prayers at a predominantly African-American Sunni mosque in Indianapolis.
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