Omar’s Minimization of Islamic Jihad

Representative Omar recently responded to criticism of her “some people did something” comment after it was referenced on a t-shirt by a son of a victim of the 9/11 attack.

Omar now states: “”It’s important for us to make sure that we are not forgetting the aftermath of 9/11, [when] many Americans found themselves now having their civil rights stripped from them, and so what I was speaking to was that as a Muslim, not only was I suffering as an American who was attacked on that day, but the next day I woke up as my fellow Americans were now treating me as suspect,” she added.”

 

Omar is right about two things.

She is right that, technically, some people did do something. However, the issue is not that people did not do something, but that these word choices (something Omar finds difficult) minimize the impact Islamic jihad has had on its victims, whether they be Hindus, Christians, Jews. Yazidis, Animists, or gays.

 

The second thing Omar is right about is that there was a culture of anti-Islam in the wake of the most murderous Islamic Jihad attack in the history of the United States.

 

At at some point, the ummah (or “nation of Islam”) needs to recognize that Jihadist attacks on all the aforementioned groups are the primary, and perhaps only, cause of anti-Islam sentiment. Gays don’t fly commercial airliners into office buildings or write laws condemning Muslims to death.

Until the Ummah recognizes that actions of its own members contribute to its poor reputation, and curbs their extremists, Omar will find nothing will change.

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