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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., expressed outrage over a video of Christians singing on an airplane, leading many Republicans to attack her for what they suggested was anti-Christian bigotry.
Omar shared a video Saturday night in which a worship leader with a guitar sings Christian worship music on an airplane.
“I think my family and I should have a prayer session the next time I’m on a plane,” Omar, who is Muslim, wrote with the video. “How do you think this will end? »
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Many Republican candidates responded, suggesting that Omar had expressed hatred or bigotry against Christians.
“Why do you hate Christians, Ilhan? Vernon Jones, a former pro-Trump black Democrat who is running to represent Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives, asked. “If you mind the freedom of religion we enjoy here in America, feel free to pack your bags and go back to Somalia, Sudan or wherever you come from. Take your brother with you.”
“In America, Muslims can and should pray in public,” said Jose Castillo, a Republican congressional candidate in Florida’s 9th congressional district, tweeted. “If she wants a country where Christians aren’t allowed to do the same [Omar] should go back to her own country,” he added, presumably referring to Somalia, where she was born. (Omar is a naturalized US citizen.)
“Qatar – a country you know very well – is playing Islamic prayers over the intercom before their planes take off,” tweeted Cicely Davis, GOP primary candidate in Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, which Omar, in response to his opponent. . “They have a designated prayer area and the coordinates of Mecca are displayed on the screens. That’s not a problem. The problem is that you hate Christians, Jews and a lot of Muslims.”
Royce White, another GOP primary candidate for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, also weighed in.
“I come to take your place,” White tweeted in reply to Omar. “Don’t disrespect Christianity! You’re a globalist fraud. You can’t pray in Pelosi’s office! The Democrats you serve don’t believe in God. Their platform is openly anti-God. Minneapolis won’t become not Mogadishu. We’re not going to bend the knee.”
The original context of the video remains unclear. Omar took it from the @davenewworld_2 Twitter account, which is called “Fifty Shades of Whey”. Reports claim the video was shot by Jack Jensz Jr., who leads a group called Kingdom Realm Ministries. The original post, however, appears to have been deleted.
Neither Omar’s campaign office nor his spokesperson immediately responded to an after-hours media request from Fox News Digital, but Omar retweeted Deadspin sportswriter Chuck Modi, who hit back at the responses. received by Omar on social networks.
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“Ilhan Omar: This is a very valid point,” Modi wrote. “Right-wingers who hate Ilhan Omar: ‘You’re ‘attacking Christianity’ because I’m stupid or dishonest or just pandering to my sectarian base.”