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Ilhan Omar Tweets About … Jesus?

Newly-election Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (Photo: KEREM YUCEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Newly-election Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (Photo: KEREM YUCEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Do we have a sense of humor anymore? Perhaps a more accurate question is: Are we allowed to? And if so, when it is appropriate?

Case in point is a tweet from newly-elected Democratic Congress woman Ilhan Omar. Commenting on what she perceived as passivity on Pence’s part during a heated discussion between President Trump and incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on the border wall, Omar posted the following picture of Pence and tweeted,  “Jesus take the wheel! #BorderWall”

The tweet was “liked” by her fellow newly-elected Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who, along with Omar, made history this past November for being the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

The Left has made political humor quite touchy these days, but as in any dysfunctional scenario, often times we see that they can dish it out but not necessarily take it.

Can one imagine if Pence, catching Omar in a similar pose and wanting to express his exasperation, had tweeted something that made fun of her Islamic faith?

Although one could argue that the expression is used to connote a situation that has gone so awry that the only option is for a higher power to take over, is it befitting to use such an expression that can easily be perceived as mocking religious Christians?

Again, our moral litmus test should be to think about a similar situation where a “savior” figure for Muslims or blacks was substituted.

Omar, originally from Somalia, and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) both made their religion and national origins prominent in their political ascent. Omar began began her acceptance speech with a pointed “as-salam-alaikum (peace be upon you).” Tlaib unabashedly danced with a Palestinian flag after winning her hotly-contested primary.

Both have continued to make their ethnic and religious origins prominent in their political journeys. Omar made waves as the House of Representatives was poised to lift its 181-year old ban against wearing hats on the floor of the House to accommodate her hijab. Tlaib tweeted a sneak preview of the dress she will be wearing when she is sworn into Congress — a traditional Palestinian thobe (hand-embroidered gown).

Such exceptions to the rules and/or displays are fashionable today in the “intersectional” circles of the Left, where claiming victimhood based on these statuses wins a politician honor.

Yet, while the tweet may have won Omar the appropriate badges in her Leftist echo chamber, such behavior is below the dignity of her office.

 

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Meira Svirsky
Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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