Omar’s shameful, anti-Semitic rhetoric deserves unequivocal condemnation

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Guest Opinion by Ari Kaufman

I’ve sadly lost count of the anti-Semitic smears coming from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) since she took her U.S. congressional seat just two months ago. This bigotry deserves broad condemnation with punitive actions behind it.

Ironically, Omar was easily elected with the support of many Jewish voters in the most heavily-Jewish area of Minnesota. Despite past examples to the contrary, I am certain many in the 5th congressional District — where she received nearly 80% of the vote last November —  had hopes for her to be a unifying and effective politician. To say she’s failed on that matter during her first two months in Washington would be a massive understatement.During her campaign, Omar apparently assured local Jewish groups, including the Minnesota Jewish Community Relations Council, that her past egregious comments on Israel and Judaism wouldn’t be an issue or arise again; yet here we are, with another insult and anti-Semitic statement seemingly occurring every week.

As a Jew happily residing in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, I put America first and surely do not have “dual loyalty” to Israel and the USA — as Omar and others like freshman representative and fellow Muslim Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) have accused some —  nor does my wife, nor do my Jewish family members and friends.

In her initial half-hearted apology on Feb. 11, Omar, at the tender age of 37, said she’s “listening and learning,” yet she’s since quickly doubled and tripled down on anti-Semitic canards and other insidious rhetoric.

Unsurprisingly, the congresswoman also has her facts completely wrong on Israel, which undermines the USA’s long-standing support toward our chief and only true Middle East ally.

Criticizing American support for the only Jewish country in a region, surrounded by substantially-larger Muslim nations (Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, et al.) sworn to Israel’s literal destruction for generations, makes such criticism suspect.

Christians, Jews, Americans and freedom lovers everywhere support Israel, Ms. Omar, because the nation is rooted in Judeo-Christian values; offers free and fair elections; vast contributions to defense, technology, medicine and science; and perhaps most importantly, as a military ally and the lone democracy in a region of autocratic regimes, enemies of Israel hate the United States as well.

While I was initially pleased to see Democrat leadership finally introduce an anti-Semitism resolution earlier this week, now I am dismayed.
First, the “resolution” was delayed, then, due to blowback from the increasingly anti-Semitic progressive wing, it was tweaked into a clumsy, Kindergarten-level “anti-hate Bill” to “confront the reality of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism and other forms of bigotry” with Omar’s name not even mentioned; though it passed easily, the bill became too broad, lost its teeth and overall purpose. This is all fatuous, to put it mildly.
Meanwhile, far left Democrats, many in the Congressional Black Caucus, and much of the media, along with dozens of Twin Cities politicians and national Muslim groups, are now staging fundraising events in support of Omar’s bigotry.

An easy and necessary step would be the removal of the unapologetic Omar — who has never visited Israel yet supports the viciously anti-Semitic BDS movement — from the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee, where she currently sits. More than a dozen Jewish groups of various political stripes, including the venerable and left-leaning Anti-Defamation League, recently asked Speaker Pelosi to do this. She has not and undoubtedly will not. The speaker continues to kowtow to young, naive radicals in her party, especially those “of color”.

Conversely, when Rep. Steve King (R-IA) made controversial racial remarks in January, he immediately offered an apology, while the Republican Party swiftly removed him from all committee assignments, yet no action has been taken by Democrats against Omar. Why not? Ilhan Omar is the quintessential definition of an anti Semite.

On a local level, I also hope for further condemnation of this bigotry from Minnesota’s Democrat Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith, the rest of the state’s congressional delegation, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. I surely don’t expect to hear from Omar’s congressional predecessor and current Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who has his own troubling history of anti-Semitic associations and invective.

So far there is simple silence, or unfathomable agreement with such hate from fellow radical leftists like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and the execrable Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT.), a leading 2020 Democrat presidential candidate.

Concurrence with anti-Semitic bigotry is not an option; turning the American Democrat Party into Jeremy Corbyn’s British Labour Party of Jewish hatred is not either, I’d hope. Continuous denouncements of vile, ignorant statements, however, are vital to our free republic.

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https://www.weeklystandard.com/scott-w-johnson/the-anti-israel-seat

https://www.twincities.com/2019/03/01/ilhan-omar-went-on-a-fence-mending-tour-with-local-jews-then-she-offended-them-again/

https://pjmedia.com/trending/the-morning-briefing-omar-antisemitism-resolution-put-on-hold-and-much-much-more/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/03/06/ilhan-omars-comments-were-anti-semitic-rhetoric-says-adl-talker/3078821002/

https://www.commentarymagazine.com/anti-semitism/dont-believe-ilhan-omar/

https://pjmedia.com/trending/facing-lawsuit-rep-ilhan-omar-deletes-tweet-smearing-covington-catholic-boys/

A California native, and former school teacher and military historian, Ari Kaufman has worked as a journalist for various publications around the country since 2004. He lives with his wife in Minnesota.

It’s Not a Muslim Ban

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President Trump’s Executive Order banning travel from foreign nationals from 7 of the world’s largest hotbed of terrorists is not a ban on Muslims or an attack on Islam. Despite the cry’s of the Liberals here and abroad.

The 7 nations impacted by the travel ban or Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, and Libya. All of them have very high numbers of terrorists acting freely within their borders and abroad.

If this was a ban on Muslims then the following countries would also be banned: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Turkey, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Ethiopia, China, Niger, Tanzania, Malaysia, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Chad, Tajikistan, Jordan, Palestinian Territories, and Israel.

All of the nations listed above are NOT banned, but all have equally high or higher Muslim populations than the 7 countries that are banned and/or are located in the Middle East where Islam originated.

So how is this a Muslim ban again? Seriously I want a dialog here from someone to explain how implementing a travel ban from 7 countries is a ban against all Muslims.

Mathematically it also shows that this is not a ban on Muslims. In the 7 banned nations there are 205,428,950 Muslims. While within the remaining unbanned nations that I listed there are 1,326,550,062 Muslims. For those that are mathematically challenged that’s about 640% more Muslims of the world that are not travel banned which covers the majority of the Muslim population of 1,703,146,000 world wide.

Now I will state that the ban was a bit too restrictive as it did unfortunately catch some legitimate travellers in its broad net. And that can be fixed without going crazy with false accusations and stupidity by the Left who are still upset that they lost the election.

Good Idea or Bad Idea?

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In the wake of the Orlando shooting, Democrats decided to recycle an idea they introduced last year: banning people on the FBI’s terrorist watch list from getting guns. (At least they believe in recycling something!) On the surface, it makes sense. We don’t want terrorists getting guns, right? Absolutely.

So, why aren’t more people on the Right on board with this idea? A little thing the kids like to call “due process.” It might be just a fad, though, if some people get their way.

Put simply (so Leftists can understand it), due process requires people not be denied their fundamental rights without there being some sort of legal action. Although the FBI is an arm of law enforcement, it is not equal to a trial where little things like evidence and sworn testimony can be used to determine guilt.

Still unclear about this concept, Leftists? Let’s try something closer to your political hearts. Due process prevents cops from throwing members of Black Lives Matter into solitary confinement before the BLM clowns get their case heard in court. After they’re found guilty, then the BLM clowns get thrown into solitary. There are no short-cuts in the process, kids.

Even if you’re not down with due process, there’s another huge (or YUGE if you’re a Trump supporter) problem with the FBI’s watch list. The way you get on the list in the first place is completely arbitrary. You don’t even need to be an actual terrorist to land on it! In fact, you could be an actual terrorist and not land on it. (See the Boston Marathon bombers for a prime example.) And if you’re a mother of three from Minneapolis with the oh-so-Muslim-sounding name of Lena Olson, you could wind up on it by mistake.

Yeah, that’s not exactly a “whoops.”

And it’s not exactly something we can gloss over, either. Since 9/11, we as a society have been willing on some level to let some rights go by the wayside. Democrats and Republicans alike have used the fear of terrorism, both foreign and domestic, to weaken the concept of due process for their own political ends. This continues today, as does the inefficiency and ineptitude of those who keep and maintain the watch list.

That, in and of itself, is not a valid enough reason to apply the watch list to whether someone should be allowed to get a gun. But I do have an idea, and I’m hoping the Left (and some people on the Right) have the intellectual courage to act on it.

If you support the Democrats’ proposal, volunteer to go on the watch list. Even if your name is Lena Olson. Report yourself to the FBI as a suspected terrorist, just to be on the safe side. If it saves just one life…

The M Word

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock or have been blissfully unaware of what has been going on in Washington, DC, recently, you’ve heard about the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando committed by a gay Muslim who swore allegiance to ISIS/ISIL before the shooting. And if you’ve been following the media coverage of the shooting, you’ve probably heard the following people, organizations, and ideas blamed for the shooting.

– The NRA
– Donald Trump
– Christians
– House Republicans
– The gun lobby
– Gun manufacturers
– Homophobia
– North Carolina’s bathroom law

Notice the one person who isn’t being blamed for the shooting? The actual shooter himself. You know, the presumed gay, but most definitely Muslim extremist who committed the crime? Yeah, that guy.

The silence regarding the obvious criminal’s actual motivations behind the Orlando shooting is breathtakingly deafening. It’s almost as if people are scared to mention the shooter’s religious affiliation, even though it’s the most likely explanation for his actions.

Now, let me be clear here. I am not saying all Muslims are terrorists. In fact, I believe most Muslims are peaceful and want to be left alone to worship in peace. No, Muslims are not all sleeper cells awaiting for a secret code in a package of Eggo waffles.

But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned at the number of Muslims who either vocally or silently support their extremist brethren.

While the media and the Left try to find their scapegoat du jour, I did a little digging on various killings committed by Muslims, and boy did I find a bunch! According to TheReligionofPeace.com, there have been 74 instances of Muslims taking American lives since 1972. That’s close to 2 a year. Granted, when compared to the alleged number of mass shootings in America, it’s not as impressive.

Ah, but this is where things get interesting. After a bit more digging, I found of those 74 instances, 3 directly involved Muslims killing homosexuals. Now, 3 in 44 years isn’t bad.

One tiny problem. Those 3 have occurred…since 2014.

And they’re not just happening in right-leaning cities. One of these killings happened in Seattle, Washington, home of the Seahawks, Starbucks, and the sucky $15 per hour minimum wage. Even in the Leftist version of Utopia, Islamic extremism has taken lives.

But tell us again how strengthening gun control laws will help.

The Left, as usual, is looking in the wrong direction when it comes to the Orlando shooting. They’re looking for excuses when they need to be looking at a clear trend that has started to spike in recent years. Until America gets over its fears of being called Islamophobic, we are going to see more attacks on its citizens, gay or straight.

And if you’re gay, bi, lesbian, trans, etc., you should be at the forefront of this matter. Nearly 50 people lost their lives as a direct result of a Muslim extremist. I see groups about gays against Islamophobia cropping up, but not nearly enough wanting to take on Muslim extremism with the same vigor you take on Christians. And before you tell me Christians and Muslims aren’t that different with regards to homosexuality, let me point out something.

Christians may disagree with your lifestyle, but most aren’t going to try to kill you over it. With Muslims, it’s a little less certain. Put another way, some Christians will try to “pray the gay away,” while some Muslims will try to stone the gay to death. There is a big, big difference between the two.

Nightclub Terror

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My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, survivors, families, and the community of Orlando in the wake of the terrorist attack on Sunday.

We must keep this in focus. This was a terrorist attack by a pro-ISIS supporting Muslim. And that the Quran’s statements against homosexuality are very well documented and confirmed. This was a crime motivated by pure hatred.

The Left always ignores all other factors and starts pointing the fingers at the gun used. And starts calling for a ban on “assault weapons”.

An “assault weapon” is a misnomer. An assault is a verb, it’s an action that a person does. It is also a crime. While a weapon is any tool used to make any violent action easier. And a weapon can be anything. A gun, a knife, a rock, a screwdriver, and even a spork. So an “assault weapon” is any weapon used in an assault. It is NOT a class or type of firearm.

The 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution is quite clear. The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The gun, be it a pistol or a semi-automatic rifle is not the problem.

The problem is Muslim terrorists, home-grown or otherwise. The problem is the person pulling the trigger. Omar Mateen in this case. And since he is also among the dead we may never know all of the details in this case.

From the news articles coming out it is speculated that he was bipolar, but not diagnosed. And he was known to the FBI but not deemed a threat or under investigation, or prohibited from acquiring arms at the time of this crime.

These point to problems with our mental health system and with our vetting of potential home-grown terrorist threats. Not a problem with guns.

In fact, by state law, the nightclub was a gun-free zone. Like places of most mass shootings where law abiding citizens will be unarmed. So adding more anti-gun (gun control) laws isn’t going to help. Terrorists and criminals do not follow the law anyway. One more isn’t going to change that.

If the nightclub wasn’t part of a gun-free zone, there could have been a chance that a patron was armed. And that armed patron could have prevented this crime from from reaching the level it did.

This attack touches me deeply on several levels. For those that aren’t aware, this last weekend was a “gay pride” weekend across the country. And the Orlando nightclub was Orlando’s best gay bar.

I am a strong advocate for the 2nd Amendment. So when it is unjustly attacked I do stand to defend it.

We need to see and acknowledge the dangers that Islam presents to humanity and freedom. It is not a religion like all the others, it is not a religion of peace or love. But not all Muslims practice all of its tenets.

And most importantly there are two people that I care about that could have been among the victims at the nightclub. My transgender child Jen who lives in Florida and is a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights. And my gay cousin Todd who visits Florida frequently. They are the two most important reasons this cowardly attack affects me on a personal level.

Obama’s Citizenship and Muslim Roots

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President Obama is not a follower of Muhamad. He does not practice Islam. And he is not a Muslim. He is however also not a Christian. His form of “Christianity” is that of a “Sunday Christian”. A person who goes to church on Sunday’s and thinks that they are Christians without following the teachings of Jesus Christ.

President Obama is pro-Muslim however in his outlook. The facts speak for themselves on this issue. President Obama refuses to refer to the terrorist as Islamic Terrorists which is exactly what who and what they are. President Obama under his childhood name of Barry Soetoro attended an Islamic school in Indonesia during his impressionable years. His religion was listed as Muslim on his school papers. This would prevent him from being in a minority but it also leds him to being influenced by Islam.

As to President Obama’s US Citizenship and place of birth. It is time to put to bed the “birthers”. President Obama was born in the United States in the State of Hawaii. But there is a question of who really is his father. And why is he Barack Obama II and not Barack Obama Jr.

The African people are very traditional. The designation of Jr is used to distinguish the father from the son when they have the same name. The designation of the II is used if someone has the same name as a previous distant relative or perhaps even named after someone who is not a relative. So this is a clear indication that Barack Obama of Kenya is not his birth father.

There are other issues to consider as well. Comparing various photos of Obama when he was a young man with ones when he was running for office show a distinct change in the shape of his nose. Did he have a nose job? Was it looking too much like that of his birth father?

These are all just theories but they have yet to be disproven. Some cannot be disproven such as the invluence of Islam on this President given the cultural impact during his formative years. But he is, unfortunately, an American.