Ilhan Omar calls out Christian nationalist privilege in an epic tweet
During a recent flight in the United States, a group of fundamentalist evangelical Christians decided to proselytize by getting in the aisles and singing Christian songs. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota noted the double standard, implying that the evangelicals would have been treated much differently had they been Muslims.
On April 16, Omar, a non-fundamentalist Muslim, tweeted video from that flight and wrote, “I think my family and I should have a prayer session next time I am on a plane. How do you think it will end?”
I think my family and I should have a prayer session next time I am on a plane. How do you think it will end?pic.twitter.com/5696Erwsl5— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar) 1650165166
The progressive Democratic congresswoman, who is originally from Somalia but has spent most of her life in the United States, used subtle humor to get her point across. But she was clearly implying that if Muslims had been singing Islamic songs in the aisles during that flight, there would have been a much different outcome.
Omar has had a lot to say about religion. When far-right Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado described Omar as a member of the “jihad squad” in 2021, Omar was quick to call out her Islamophobia. Omar, in fact, identifies as a feminist and embraces a very non-fundamentalist, non-jihadist form of Islam. And contrary to what Boebert would have us believe, Omar isn’t trying to impose Shariah law in the United States.
Here are some responses to Omar’s April 16 tweet:
I'm a Christian serving in worship ministry, and this video makes my skin crawl. You don't bring people to Christ (or Allah, for that matter) by holding them hostage on a plane.— Brian K. Trotter (@Brian K. Trotter) 1650253255
We\u2019re living through a pandemic.\n\nShouting and singing greatly increases the amount of air you breathe in and out, so this group activity increases the risk of spreading COVID-19.\n\nThis isn\u2019t just disturbing people with some singing, it\u2019s risking the health of all onboard.— London Titan \ud83d\udc99\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@London Titan \ud83d\udc99\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1650259311
Honestly, let's leave all religions off a fucking plane.— Angela Belcamino (@Angela Belcamino) 1650244962
They aren\u2019t wearing masks. How is that legal? Masks are mandatory on all flights right now. Why weren\u2019t flight staff doing anything about it!!?— Kim Brater (@Kim Brater) 1650250512
That guy with the guitar essentially took people hostage for a forced religious participation. They weren't in a position to quietly walk away (being on a plane), and if they complained or told him to stop, it would've turned into "you are persecuting me."— Civil Disorder \ud83e\uddf1\ud83d\udd95 (@Civil Disorder \ud83e\uddf1\ud83d\udd95) 1650165670
It\u2019s the evangelical way. They are brought up to be self-important. How else do you explain a belief system that has absolutely no qualms about telling you & me that we are ABSOLUTELY going to hell if we don\u2019t accept Jesus as our personal savior? The hubris is stunning.— Miss Demeanor (@Miss Demeanor) 1650285392
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