Asra Nomani, cofounder of the Muslim Reform Movement organization, recently joined “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News to discuss Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments on the September 11th terror attacks. In a speech last month when explaining why the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was formed, Rep. Omar said, “CAIR 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.”
Here’s what Nomani had to say about Rep. Omar’s remarks:
“What she said was completely callous and insensitive. And I have to tell you as a Muslim that has grown up in America, what she said is typical. It's typical of what we hear in our living rooms and in our mosques. The denial and obfuscation of tragedies that are expressed because of an extremist interpretation of Islam. What's happening now is you all are getting to see it in prime time. You're getting to live what we endure every day with denials, turning of the table, the victim card.
We as Muslim reformers are on the hit list of the organizations that folks like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are raising money for. The Council on American Islamic Relations are not founded after 9-11, but its agenda to push victimization of Muslims did begin after 9-11 because they didn't want to deal with the number one problem that we face in our Muslim community, the extremism.
Fellow Fox News panelist Qasim Rashid, a lawyer and Democrat running for the state senate in Virginia, clearly disagreed. When joining the conversation, he defended Rep. Omar and immediately started addressing Nomani in the third person. He then went on to completely turn his back on Nomani in an effort to silence her completely:
WATCH @IngrahamAngle I face a lieutenant in the honor brigade Qasim Rashid who turns his back on me repeatedly to block me out. In Congress,Linda Sarsour blocked the door to Rashida Tlaib's office to deny me entry. It's a strategy to deny, deflect&keep US on the defensive #BeWoke pic.twitter.com/nd78yUCsIz
— Asra Q. Nomani, PI (@AsraNomani) April 12, 2019
It’s never acceptable to shut someone out of a conversation. When engaging in a debate, everyone should always be expected to maintain civility and respect no matter what. There are no excuses.
Independent Women’s Voice works to champion all women and celebrate all voices. In addition to cofounding the Muslim Reform Movement, Asra Nomani is a former Wall Street Journal reporter and an outspoken feminist. In 2017, she appeared before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs to talk about the ideology of political Islam.
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