Religious Freedom Must Be Defended

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Friday, March 22, 2019


If you missed the controversy over the last week, let me refresh your memory. Freshman Representative Ilhan Omar has made three anti-semitic comments over the past two months, saying, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people…” and she questioned the “allegiance” of Jews living in the United States.

These comments are vile and racist and the Democrats’ refusal to denounce those comments had been earning them some uncomfortable attention in the nation’s spotlight. Unless they denounced her comments, there was no way out, right? Unfortunately, a commentator on the right granted them the perfect opportunity to shift the focus back on the Republicans, and Trump more specifically.

On March 9th, Jeanine Pirro, a popular commentator for Fox News, focused a chunk of her segment on Ilhan Omar and the comments she made. During this segment, however, she made some vile comments of her own.

If you have not seen the video, Pirro attacks Omar for her wearing a hijab and how the hijab is her “adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the Constitution….” In short, Jeanine Pirro is saying that Omar is antithetical to the Constitution because she is Muslim.

While condemning comments made concerning Jew’s dual loyalty, she made dual loyalty comments over her own. Uh oh.

In his autobiography, Ted Cruz shares a saying that he heard while working his way through law school, a saying that ends by stating that if you don’t have the facts or the law on your side, pound the table. These comments are awful enough by themselves, but they also shift the focus from where it should beon the anti-Semitism to where it should have never gone, Pirro’s comments.

Now the Democrats have an opportunity to pound the table and shift the focus— and they already have. The next day after her comments were made, major media outlets such as the Washington Post and the Hill, rightly slammed her for her comments, but also drew a comparison to President Trump and doubling down on their claims that he is in fact racist.

If conservatives want to keep their credibility in this argument, they must immediately and forcefully denounce her comments, as Fox News has already done. But we must realize why these comments are wrong, and against the Constitution.

Religious freedom and the freedom to practice wherever and however we chose, is a principle deeply ingrained in the Constitution. This freedom was so near and dear to the Founders’ hearts, that they wrote it in the First Amendment of the Constitution, most likely so we would never forget it.

I have seen the anti-Muslim sentiment in this country, especially after 9/11, but radical Muslims are not representative of all Muslimsjust like all other radicals don’t speak for the whole of their religion.

Just like we condemned Ilhan Omar’s comments about Judaism, we must condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Islam if we truly believe in the Constitution and religious freedom.

Adam Burnett is currently attending Western Illinois University, seeking a major in Journalism with a minor in Political Science. Adam has future plans to be a political correspondent/columnist for a major newspaper, but wouldn’t rule out a career in politics.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Adam Burnett

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Adam Burnett is currently attending Western Illinois University, seeking a major in Journalism with a minor in Political Science. Adam has future plans to be a political correspondent/columnist for a major newspaper, but wouldn’t rule out a career in politics.

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