Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., continues her streak of controversial tweets, this time taking aim at the Department of Homeland Security.
In a tweet Friday night, the freshman congresswoman refers to President Trump as “Individual 1,” and insists he doesn’t have “public support” to “ram his hateful wall through Congress.”
“Let’s stand firm: #Not1Dollar to DHS,” Omar then urges fellow Democrats.
While there have been growing calls from Democrats to abolish ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), there hasn’t been a strong demand to defund the entire Department of Homeland Security, which also includes the Transportation Safety Administration, Secret Service, Coast Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency.
But just an hour before calling for DHS to be defunded, as Fox News anchor Rob Schmidt points out, Omar tweeted her outrage on behalf of TSA workers in Minnesota who haven’t received back pay due to the recent partial government shutdown.
“Ilhan Omar angry and complaining TSA agents haven’t received back pay,” Schmitt writes, “then an hour later calls to defund DHS… which would end TSA.”
Australia: Top lawyers, judges and provincial Supreme Court justices go to mosque to show solidarity with Muslims
By Robert Spencer
They wanted to do this because of the outrageous “Islamophobia” of Justice Desmond Fagan in his call for Muslims to reject the violent exhortations of the Qur’an. Have any of these judges actually read the Qur’an? Do any of them have any idea whether or not Fagan’s assertions were correct? Almost certainly not.
Note also the photo accompanying the article, showing one of the visitors getting wanded at the mosque. Did mosque officials think these dignitaries were a terror threat? Or did they want to humiliate them in order to claim that security measures at airports etc. were humiliating to Muslims and should be discarded?
“Lawyers back Muslim community after controversial comments from bench,” by Michaela Whitbourn, Sydney Morning Herald, February 8, 2019 (thanks to Sidney):
The peak body for the legal profession in Australia has called for better “communication and understanding of the Islamic faith” by lawyers and judges, days after a NSW Supreme Court judge courted controversy by urging Muslims to publicly disavow violence in the Koran.
Justice Desmond Fagan, who has presided over a number of terrorism-related cases, said last week the “unqualified acceptance” of the Koran by Australian Muslims “without explicit repudiation of verses which ordain intolerance, violence and domination … will embolden terrorists to think they are in common cause with all believers”.
“If Australian followers of the religion, including those who profess deep knowledge, were to make a clear public disavowal of these verses, as not authoritative instructions from Allah, then the terrorists’ moral conviction might be weakened,” he said.
Justice Fagan was sentencing Sameh Bayda and Alo-Bridget Namoa, a young couple, both 21, found guilty in October last year of conspiring to do an act in preparation for a terrorist act between December 8, 2015 and January 25, 2016.
On Thursday evening, high-profile members of the legal profession and the judiciary, including NSW Supreme Court and Federal Court judges, attended an Islamic Service to mark the opening of the 2019 Law Term at the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque in Sydney.
The president of the Law Council of Australia, Arthur Moses, SC, said the Islamic Service was “a significant occasion for both the legal profession and the community” and it was “important that there is communication and understanding of the Islamic faith in Australia’s legal profession and the judicial process”.
“Without referring to or passing comment on any recent case, I make the observation that we must ensure that the criminal actions of a few are not used to unfairly judge, discriminate against or condemn a whole community and religion and that those who break our laws are the ones that pay the price and bear the punishment – not others wrongly implicated by association. Ultimately, we are one community,” he said….
In a statement last week, ANIC said it was “disappointed and deeply concerned about the comments which were recently made by Justice Desmond Fagan directed at Australian Muslims and Islam generally”.
It said Justice Fagan “did not have any regard to the mainstream and orthodox religious positions” relating to the verses relating to the verses of the Koran in question, “and instead implicated the community and faith at large, by association”.
“Muslims categorically reject extremist interpretations of the Koran and the misuse of Islam by extremists. Indeed extremists have caused immense suffering to Muslim communities around the world. Australian Muslim leaders, scholars and community members have repeatedly rejected extremist interpretations of the Koran,” the statement said….
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