Perry Atkinson, a conservative TV and radio host, has doubts about whether Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is actually an American because she’s a Muslim who… no, that’s about it. She’s just a Muslim. Therefore, he assumes she’s a traitor.
“Islam teaches a hatred for Jews and Christians,” [anti-Islam activist John] Guandolo said. “Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, have never misquoted Islamic doctrine in furtherance of their actions and, quite frankly, this is what you get when somebody gets elected to be a member of Congress. You get a seditious traitor.”
“Can a Representative Omar, being a Muslim in favor of Sharia law, ever really be an American?” Atkinson asked.
“Our system opens our door to all who would come here who are people of good will and who want to adhere to our laws and our legal system,” Guandolo replied. “Ilhan Omar is not one of those people. She’s incapable of fulfilling her oath of office and she should be removed from office.”
Omar does not support Sharia Law. Her allegiance to radical Islam is nothing more than a right-wing talking point with no basis in reality. Omar is an American citizen — and has been one longer than Trump’s current wife — who took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, and she’s been a vocal critic of Donald Trump in large part because she doesn’t believe he takes his oath as seriously as he should.
If anything, Omar did what all conservatives insist immigrants must do: She went through the proper channels to become a citizen and is now an elected member of Congress. She’s not a traitor; she’s the American Dream personified. That Atkinson even raises his question says more about his prejudice than hers.
It’s also worth mentioning that Jesus and his mother, Mary, make a few appearances in the Qur’an. Jesus is even revered as a prophet. It’s a far cry from “teaching hatred of Christians and Jews,” no matter what religious radicals may do in the name of the religion (or what conservatives insist all Muslims think).
Perhaps Atkinson and his ilk should stop looking to extremist groups like ISIS as the only representatives of the Islamic faith. It’s like judging all Christians by the teachings of the Westboro Baptist Church.
(via Right Wing Watch)