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Ben Shapiro Declares Hypocritical Rep. Omar ‘Can’t Whine’ About Religious Expression


U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (R-MN) attracted backlash this week over her criticism of a Christian group singing during a flight.

Specifically, she suggested that the reception would be different if it were her and other Muslims worshiping Allah.

While some fellow liberals expressed support for her sentiment, many conservatives and moderates found her Easter message hostile toward her Christian constituents.

One prominent Jewish political commentator explained that he believes public displays of Christianity are actually a positive thing in America.

Ben Shapiro also took Omar to task for the perceived hypocrisy in her argument.

Shapiro was hardly alone in his public criticism, as reported by the New York Post:

“Why do you hate Christians, Ilhan? If the freedom of religion we enjoy here in America disturbs you, feel free to pack your bags and head back to Somalia, Sudan, or wherever you’re from. Take your brother with you,” tweeted Georgia congressional candidate Vernon Jones.

GOP Florida congressional candidate Jose Castillo said that “in America, Muslims can & do pray in public.”

He added in a tweet that if Omar “wants a country where Christians aren’t allowed to do the same [Omar] should go back to her own country,” apparently referring to Somalia, where the naturalized US citizen was born.

Many others weighed in on the matter with tweets of their own.

Prominent progressives, on the other hand, found her social media rant to be a warranted critique.

NBC News published an op-ed by one such critic:

Christian worship is generally considered harmless, happy, uplifting — even good for you. Muslims in the U.S., in contrast, are regularly demonized and targeted with hate crimes. Post 9/11, airports and airplanes are especially Islamophobic spaces.

Christians’ seizing space, attention and power — that’s a normal, cheerful American tradition. As Omar rightly points out, Muslims’ doing the same thing, though, would be perceived by many as a threat.

Here’s the full clip of the supposedly controversial Christian chorus.

Do you think Rep. Omar’s criticism was hypocritical?

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