Carson shared one of the challenges he faced as a Muslim candidate: 10 Christian pastors in Indianapolis said they would oppose him because of his faith. One pastor, Carson said, made it clear that he would make trouble for Carson unless he was paid off. Carson didn't pay and didn't name the pastor. Other pastors, he said, embraced his candidacy.
So the career law enforcement officer faced an extortion attempt by a local Christian minister and did not report the crime to the appropriate authorities? Or was Carson simply all too familiar with the common practice of some local politicians to give so-called "walking around money" to black ministers to get out the vote for them? It's a very serious charge as alleged by Carson. Because he didn't report it to law enforcement, I have serious doubts about whether he's telling the whole story. It looks like Carson may have gotten a bit of Joe Biden talking disease while basking in his new-found rising Muslim star status in the Democratic Party at last week's convention in Denver.
It is worth noting that King touches on just how much Carson is relying on the Muslim community to raise money for his campaign, a topic which seemed off limits to the local news media during the special election race and primary race this year. King writes of a recent Muslim fundraiser Carson held:
This is a new day today," Carson said. "This is a day to be proud as Americans and as Muslims." The crowd, heavy with professionals and Ivy League grads, then opened their checkbooks for Carson's campaign to the tune of more than $10,000 . . .
"More than $200,000 of the $1.3 million Carson has raised this year has come from Muslims," King writes. "Carson has been welcomed at private Muslim fundraisers in California, New York and Florida, to name a few," he adds.
It is quite a contrast in how Carson so boldly embraces his Muslim religion while Sen. Barack Obama runs as fast and far from his Muslim heritage as possible. Obama denies he was ever a Muslim despite the fact that he was enrolled in an Indonesian school as a Muslim and was required to attend the mosque on the school's campus daily for prayer. Obama's father, grandfather and step-father were all Muslims. Obama's father was buried at a traditional Muslim funeral. A New York Times reporter interviewing Obama a couple of years ago recounted how Obama could recite a Muslim prayer in perfect Arabic dialect. Similarly, Obama sought to distance himself from controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, while Carson welcomed the controversial leader to his grandmother's funeral, where he eulogized the late U.S. Rep. Julia Carson.