The Fox News powers that be came down hard on Jeanine Pirro for asking legitimate questions about our Muslim representative from Minnesota, Rep. Ilhan Omar. It fell to Howie Kurtz to explain the actions of Fox News, which itself was unfortunate.
Kurtz said Judge Jeanine did not air the following Saturday night because of her comments about Rep. Omar, a decision that was made by Fox News. It was an unfortunate decision; it was the wrong decision to make.
Here is what Judge Jeanine asked:
“Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran 33:59 tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
This is a legitimate question. She does faithfully wear a hijab, as do other women who are Muslim. There is an imbalance in the Koran and in Muslim society in that women who are married to men or subject to Muslim men are not free to express themselves as they wish. They are not free to dress how they want to dress. If Rep. Omar is not talking about this, then in a sense, she is condoning this repressive system of dress for Muslim women.
This is not accepted in America. Every woman in America, when she gets up in the morning, is free to dress how she wants to dress, or should be able to, within the constraints of modern society. Muslim women are not able to do that.
Rep. Omar's actions and words indicate that, if she were given the change or the opportunity, it's likely that she would choose to make our society like majority Muslim societies, with fewer freedoms for women, and restrictions on religious expression for Christians. Christians are persecuted and lack freedoms to a greater or less degree in all majority Muslim general, like Iran Saudi Arabia and others. This is not what we want in the United States. We don't want people like Rep. Omar to lead us in that direction.
This is what Fox News stated after her program aired: “We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”
If they don’t reflect those of the network, the people who think that, or that Judge Jeanine can’t or should not make those comments, should be removed from Fox News. This kind of intolerance should not be accepted at Fox News.
And so it fell to Howie Kurtz to explain why the network suspended her for one show. Kurtz fell on the figurative sword for the network. He had to say that her statement was unfortunate, even though it was not fortunate or unfortunate, or regrettable.
Shortly after Fox News’ apology, Omar sent a tweet thanking Fox News.
Pirro also posted her own statement, saying: “I did not call Rep. Omar un-American. My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution.”
President Trump on Sunday, the day after her suspension, called for Pirro's return to the air, in a string of tweets. The president wrote to Fox News that its competitors “can’t beat you, you can only beat yourselves!”
Omar is one of two Muslim women serving in congress, and has drawn criticism for saying things that are clearly anti-Semitic. She wants to have it both ways. She wants to get the benefit of the doubt from news networks like Fox News, but does not want to be held accountable for being intolerant of the fact that Jews have a legitimate claim on the land that they occupy.
The United State has along history of helping, aiding, supporting Israel for the simple reason that it is the only productive, democratic country in the entire Middle East. Muslim extremists surrounding Israel are fortunate that they have not been completely destroyed by Israel.
Without the aid of Western countries, they have next to nothing. They do not hold democratic elections. They do not allow freedom of expression for people of all faiths. Many of the Muslims in these countries, including Iran, coerce women and men, even young girls and boys to become suicide bombers. They even do this in Muslim schools, teaching young boys and girls to hate Israel.
Each of the rich oil producing countries in the Middle East, depend on Western nations in Europe to help and support them. Why is this the case? The reason is that Islam, when used and adhered to completely, is not a creative, productive system of belief that allows freedom of thought, creativity and economic prosperity.
It seems that as one of the few Muslim women in congress, Rep. Omar has much work to do to fight for the rights of Muslim women in the United State and across the world. Why will this never happen? Because she probably thinks that the United States should be a Muslim majority nation. She probably believes that Islam should be the predominant religion in the United States. She wants Americans to be as miserable, poor and wretched, like the majority of Muslims across the globe.
The nations and people surrounding Israel are suffering and will continue to suffer to two reasons. First, they are Muslim and do not have basic freedoms that Western societies enjoy because it's not part of Islamic society. Second, they want to destroy Israel. They are full of hate. Hate is a very internally destructive emotion. Americans are in general not like that. We don't historically hate other countries in the same way that Muslims do. We forgive, even people who fly passenger jets into buildings in New York City.
Rep. Omar can form her hate Israel gang and dump on Israel all she wants. It will make no difference. In fact, her actions and her speech, disrespectful and hateful as they are, are really quite instructive to millions of freedom loving Americans. It shows us what we don't want to become. If this is how a truly devoted follower of Islam acts, we don’t want anything to do with it. It's important that freedom loving broadcast networks like Fox News recognize this, instead of acting like they don't know anything about Islam, Muslim extremists, or the events surrounding 9/1/1.
© 2019 Larry Ingram
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