BCF : The headlines were familiar, The New York Times setting the tone: “In Attacking Ilhan Omar, Trump Revives His Familiar Refrain Against Muslims.” According to the media pack the President is seeking to rally his base by reviving allegedly “Islamophobic” themes of his 2016 campaign.
His detractors notably ignore the question what exactly is the message of the first woman to wear a hijab on the House floor, and what is she obliged to believe as a Muslim believer.
The controversy started last February when Trump reacted to Ms. Omar’s attacks on Israel, calling for her to resign.
It escalated ten days ago, when he tweeted a video which quotes a speech Ms. Omar gave at an event hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), describing how after the 9-11 attacks the group “recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” The progressives’ response was predictably uniform.
These same people have been equally loath for years to allow any link
between Islam and terror attacks, using the absurd euphemism “violent
extremism.” In 2015, Obama even tried to draw a moral equivalence
between the Islamic State (ISIS) and Christianity, urging Americans not
to “get on our high horse” about radical Islam, since “people committed
terrible deeds in the name of Christ” centuries ago.
These same people also criticized Trump for not using the word
“Muslims” to describe the victims of the Christchurch terror attack last
month, although Trump did identify the targets as “mosques.” A word about CAIR first. It claims to be a civil-rights group devoted
to protecting the rights of Muslims and promoting a better understanding
of Islam in America, but there is much more, than meets the eye.
As I wrote back in 2006,
Ihsan Bagby, its founding Board member, maintained that Muslims “can
never be full citizens of this country [the U.S.] . . . because there is
no way we [Muslims] can be fully committed to the institutions and
ideologies of this country.” Shortly after it was founded with foreign
Arab money in 1994, CAIR called the guilty verdict in the 1993 World
Trade Center bombing case “a travesty of justice” and a proof of the
all-pervasive “Islamophobia” in the American society.