Ilhan Omar: Muslim religion questions a “waste of our time”


Controversial U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (R) recently took offense to a question about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) posed to her during a town hall discussion.

The practice of FGM is widespread throughout the Middle East and Africa, but is not solely a practice within the Muslim religion, but within Christianity as well.

The issue is more cultural than religious, but because radical Islamist groups, who promote Sharia law, and are proponents of the barbaric practice, the Muslim religion is the scape goat.

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But a visibly bothered Omar took issue, not just about being asked the FGM question, but because she and other “Muslim legislators” are “constantly being asked to waste” their time speaking to issues like the condemnation of Hamas, Al Qaeda, or radical Islam in general.

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Again, Omar feels that it is a “waste” of her time to be asked to answer questions related to her religion, or the practices of radicalized groups within Islam.

Omar, who has yet to denounce Sharia law, it’s teachings and practices, could have simply spoke to the issue of FGM, but instead express here frustration over having to denounce radical Islam.

Earlier this year, Omar attended a fundraising dinner in California benefitting the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization that has leaders that defend the terror groups Hezbollah and Hamas.

Here is the transcript of the encounter:

Q Will you be able to make a statement against FGM [female genital mutilation] because that is an issue in Detroit. It would be really powerful if two Muslim congresswomen, yourself and Rashida would make a statement on this issue.

Rep. Omar Your second question is an appalling question because I always feel like there are always bills that we vote on, bills we sponsor, many statements we put out, and then were in – in a panel like this, and the question is posed, Can you and Rashida (Tlaib) do this?

And it’s like, how often should I make a schedule? Like, does this need to be on repeat every five minutes?

Should I be like, ‘So today I forgot to condemn Al Qaeda, so here is the Al Qaeda one. Today I forget to condemn FGM, so here it goes.

Today, I forgot to condemn Hamas, so here it goes.

Today I forgot’ – you know” It is a very frustrating question, it comes up – you can look at my record, I voted for bills doing exactly what you are asking me to do.

I have put out statements upon statements – there is a bill in Congress, there is a resolution that I am an co-author of, that I voted out of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and so I am, I think, quite disgusted really, to be honest, that as a Muslim legislator we are constantly being asked to waste our time speaking to issues that other people are not ask to speak to because the assumption exists that we somehow support and are for – No, there is an assumption.

So, I want to make sure that the next time someone is in an audience, and is looking at me, and Rashida, and Abdul, and Sam, that they ask us the proper questions that they will probably ask any member of Congress, or any legislator, or any politician.

And would not come with an accusation that we might support something that is so abhorrent, so offensive, so evil, so vile.

What we look for, and what this whole conversation is about, is that not only do we have internalized fears of what we might believe and how that gets implemented, but that we also don’t have right? – Assumptions about what are value basis might be because of where we come from and who we pray to.

And so I would like, not just for you, but for everyone, to know that if you want us to speak as politicians, American politicians, then you treat us as such.

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning South Florida-based political journalist owns Diverse New Media, Corp. which publishes,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. He ran as a Republican in the 2018 congressional primary race in Florida's CD 22. Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at Email him at