April 21, 2022

Rep. Omar Blasted For Anti-Christian Tweet

  • The Hill

By: Konrad Holden


In Brief:
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a member of the so-called “Squad,” tweeted out a video of Christians singing on a plane on Sunday and attempted to turn the incident into a social justice teaching moment. The representative faced a large amount of backlash for the tweet but has since doubled down on her remarks. The footage is from early April.

The Background: 
In early April, a group of Christians returning from doing service work in Ukraine allegedly got up with the plane staff’s permission and sang a song to their fellow travelers. A video of the incident was put on the internet.

On Sunday, Rep. Ilhan Omar gave the video a boost when she tweeted it saying, “I think my family and I should have a prayer session next time I am on a plane. How do you think it will end?”

Omar’s tweet was met with immediate backlash from writers, journalists, and political commentators.

Shant Mesrobian, a writer and former Obama staffer, said, “A member of Congress is supposed to have the restraint and maturity to not post a stupid, random, old video that for some reason is going viral right now as a way to score religious culture war points on a holy day for millions of people around the world.”

Others were more forthright like conservative Kurt Schlichter: “I think you should shut up and stop being a bigot.”

Others wondered why the congresswoman even cared. “Ilhan Omar @IlhanMN attacks a group of Christian volunteers on an @easyJet flight in Europe delivering aid to Ukraine, because they’re singing. She has no idea about what transpired and whether or not it was approved. But it’s suddenly about her,” one user wrote.

Since the backlash, Omar has doubled down on her message.

Notable Quotes: 

“One thing upon which we can depend: Ilhan Omar/CAIR is a perpetual participant in the Oppression Olympics. And as Easter begins, she has to compete with a Christian ‘prayer session.’” - Asra Q. Nomani, journalist

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