“Some people did something.”
The linked article reports that Rep. Ilhan Omar, speaking at a Muslim civil rights event, said,
“CAIR [Council on American-Islamic Relations] was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties. So you can’t just say that today someone is looking at me strange and that I am trying to make myself look pleasant. You have to say that this person is looking at me strange, I am not comfortable with it, and I am going to talk to them and ask them why. Because that is the right you have.”
“Some people did something.” And the loyalist loonies start foaming at the mouth. She was criticized in the loyalist press (Washington Times) for suggesting Muslims should “raise hell” and “make people uncomfortable.” Well. And then the tabloid New York Post superimposed Omar’s statement on a full front page photo of the Twin Towers burning. And then the estimable Mr. Trump tweeted a video of the Twin Towers burning (funny, in his video we couldn’t see thousand of Muslims cheering) in a direct racist attack not only on Omar but on all Muslims.
The lunatic right is motivated by two verifiable falsehoods: that Muslims are terrorists, and that they want to impose Shari’a (Islamic religious) law on America.
In answer to the first: less than 1 percent of terrorist attacks in the US are committed by Muslims. Most victims of terrorism worldwide are Muslims. When I hear right wing criticism of Omar’s call to “raise hell” and “make people uncomfortable” to defend their rights, I am reminded of lunatic fringe wannabe Rambos running around in the woods heavily armed training to defend their rights from our oppressive government. Loyalists are fine with that. And I don’t know about you but when I see a camo clad redneck wandering around Walmart with an AR-15 strapped to his back, that makes me uncomfortable. Apparently not the loyalists.
As for Shari’a law, because of the First Amendment Muslims cannot be prevented from the free exercise of their religion. But because of the First Amendment, religious law cannot be imposed by any government in the United States. Not Muslim law nor any other religious law. There are, however, a large number of people calling themselves “Christian” who would be delighted if the United States imposed Old Testament Law.
April 12 at 8:44 PM President Trump on Friday tweeted a video attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for the way she phrased a reference to 9/11, adding fuel to a controversy that has swelled in Republican political circles this week.