Beliefs Mark Silk: Spiritual Politics Opinion

Muslim #2

Carsons.jpgAndre Carson has assumed his seat in the House of Representatives representing Indiana’s seventh district as the second Muslim elected to Congress. My information is that, at least on the Democratic side, there was a decision to let him assume the seat as a courtesy to his late grandmother Rep. Julia Carson, who died last year. But he’s got opposition in the primary contest in May, and there will be a vigorous general election fight as well. All of which could make Andre Carson the first sitting Muslim member of Congress to be defeated for reelection.

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Mark Silk

Mark Silk is Professor of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College and director of the college's Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. He is a Contributing Editor of the Religion News Service