Freshman Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has become a lightning rod for being outspoken on her beliefs. The rank and file of Congress have been having a hard time getting their heads around these new strong, outspoken women. They have been trying to impose 20th century norms onto a 21st century organization and screaming against inevitable change.
As one of the two first Muslims elected to the House, Omar has been speaking for the Muslim community and against Donald Trump’s horrid racist Muslim ban. It was one of the president’s first moves after he was elected. He even had people on airport stop overs refused entry.
Republicans have been calling for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to yank Omar’s committee assignments. Rather than backing down, Omar told people to “raise hell” and “make people uncomfortable” defending their rights, according to The Washington Times.
Naturally, The Jerusalem Post has marked Omar:
‘Heavy protests against Ilhan Omar speech at Los Angeles CAIR event.’
The crowd cheered Omar’s words:
‘So, to me, I say raise hell. Make people uncomfortable. Because here’s the truth, here’s the truth: Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and frankly I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it.’.
Clearly, Trump has been ratcheting up his racist comments during his rallies and inspired dangerous shooters around the world. Omar agreed:
‘The reason I think many of us knew this was going to get worse is we finally have a leader, a world leader in the White House, who publicly says that Islam hates us, who fuels hate against Muslims.’
A crowd larger than the audience protested against her. Yet, she moved on with her convictions:
‘There are very fascinating people outside who for so many years have spoken about an Islam that is oppressive, an Islam that lessens and isolates its women, and today they gather outside to protest a Muslim woman who is in Congress. The irony in that is very entertaining to me.’
‘(She and) many of the people in this room can care less about what they have to say because we know who we are and where we belong and what we stand for.’
Omar continued, asking for people to live “up to their best:”
‘My choice of a country to talk about is not my preference of a country. It is based on what country is violating basic human rights.’ It doesn’t matter if that country is being run by my father, my brother, my sister, I will still criticize that country because I know every country is capable of living up to their best.’
Omar added that Muslims have been “bullied,” “threatened,” and “terrorized:”
‘Many people expect our community to feel like it needs to hide every time something happens, but repeatedly we have shown them that we are not to be bullied, we are not to be threatened, we are not to be terrorized. We are strong and resilient, and we will always show up to be ourselves, because we know we have a right to a dignified existence and a dignified life.’
Listen to Omar’s speech below:
‘After breaking for sunset Maghrib prayers, participants in Saturday’s banquet heard a speech by #CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussein Ayloush..’
— CAIR National (@CAIRNational) March 24, 2019