INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Supporters of Democratic 7th District Congressman AndréCarson today accused his Republican opponent, Marvin Scott, ofusing anti-Muslim bigotry in his campaign.
The charges are similar to charges made more than a month ago,but they are also different because Scott can no longer attributethe anti-Muslim messages to supporters outside his campaignorganization.
The new charges deal with a new website from the Scottcampaign, drmarvinscottforcongress.com . It went onlineMonday.
The website lists the principles on which Marvin Scott bases hiscampaign; number 8 is "Fight Muslim extremism and protect freedomof religion." Click on it and you will find an image from 9/11 andten reasons why radical Islam is a threat. They include "Islamcommands homosexuals must be executed." "Islam allows husbands tohit their wives." And "Islam commands that drinkers and gamblersshould be whipped."
24-Hour News 8's Jim Shella asked Carson campaign manager MattHammond if the Congressman believes any of the things that arelisted on that website. "Oh, absolutely not," said Hammond who wenton to call the website sad and disappointing.
André Carson is one of just two Muslims in Congress. Duringthe primary a Scott supporter
But Scott is longer distancing himself the Muslim bashing. Nowhe puts his name on it.
"It definitely seems like it's a wedge issue," says Hammond,"and he's trying to sort of color all of this campaign withfear."
Republican Party leaders we talked to about the website declinedto comment on the record. One of them, however, pointed out thatScott was not the party favored candidate in the primary.
Scott campaign Spokesman Jerry Alexander said the Muslimcomments are not intended to be a slam at André Carson.
He says, "It's just a position Marvin Scott takes."
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