RELIGION BRIEFING

RELIGION BRIEFING

Saturday, March 15, 2008

MUSLIMS IN CONGRESS

Second One Elected to House

The grandson of the late congresswoman Julia Carson has won a special election to succeed her, becoming the second Muslim ever elected to Congress.

Democrat Andre Carson will represent a House district that covers most of Indianapolis for the remainder of the year. In a primary in May, he'll seek to be the Democratic nominee for a full two-year term. In his victory speech, Carson said that one of his top priorities would be ending the war in Iraq.

Carson, whose grandmother raised him in a Baptist church, converted to Islam more than a decade ago. He'll join Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota as the only Muslims in Congress.

-- Associated Press

GAY ISSUES

AFA Ends Boycott of Ford Motor

The American Family Association has ended a two-year boycott of Ford Motor, saying Ford met the demands of an agreement, which included not donating to gay organizations.

In the original complaint, AFA called on Ford to stop giving money and cars to gay pride parades, to end corporate donations to groups promoting same-sex marriage and to stop advertising in gay media, according to AFA Chairman Donald E. Wildmon.

"Our principles have not changed," Ford said in a statement. "We are committed to treating everyone fairly and with respect, including our dealers, customers and employees."


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