Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D) anti-Semitic words and policies are finally catching up with her, and now an interfaith Christian group is demanding her immediate resignation.
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN), has worked tirelessly to defend Jewish minorities from persecution, a duty that she considers to be “a Biblical responsibility.” Responding to Rep. Omar’s most recent act of anti-Semitism, Cardoza-Moore is circulating a petition demanding that the freshman congresswoman resign without delay.
Take a look at the PJTN president’s impassioned plea:
“An unholy war”
“Ilhan Omar is waging an unholy war against the Jewish people from Congress… She should not be representing Americans,” Cardoza-Moore insisted in her recorded statement. “She is about to learn that the Jewish people don’t stand alone; millions of people of faith and conscience stand with the Jewish people. We will neither sleep nor slumber as she uses the heart of American democracy and freedom to defame God’s chosen people and God’s chosen land.”
Christians and Jews have been religious bedfellows for centuries, united by a shared religious heritage and complimentary value system. Many Christians have linked their support to an Old Testament passage that explains that God will bless those who treat the Jews with kindness and curse those who seek to do them harm.
According to National Review columnist Dennis Prager, who has participated in numerous “Night to Honor Israel” events from Christian churches: “[Christians] believe in supporting American allies and supporting countries that share their moral values. And, unlike the Left, they have moral problems with Islamism, not with Zionism.”
Indeed, Rep. Omar’s Islamism is an affront to Evangelicals like Cardozo-Moore. The Minnesota Democrat clearly embraces a fundamentalist version of Islam that demonizes Jews and attributes the success of worldwide Jewry to conspiratorial circumstances.
For instance, Omar was recently condemned by a bipartisan crowd of lawmakers for tweeting, “It’s all about the Benjamins,” to explain why her colleagues refuse to criticize Israel. Later, she feigned ignorance by suggesting that she wasn’t aware that her statement regarding Jewish money was a classic anti-Semitic trope.
Omar also frequently makes common cause with card-carrying Islamists like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), and has even appeared at the Muslim advocacy group’s charity galas and banquets. An offspring of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates, and was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a 2008 terror financing case.
Cardoza-Moore outlined Omar’s Islamist past in her statement seeking support for her “Million Signature March” petition.
“She supports the destruction of the State of Israel and is a virulent antisemite with close connections to the Muslim Brotherhood,” Cardoza-Moore wrote. “We cannot afford to stand by as she continues to sow religious hatred. We will continue to act as a firewall around the Jewish people, whenever Jew hatred arises, because their God is our God and their values are our values.”
In addition to mentioning Omar’s antisemitic statements, Cardoza-Moore pointed to her support for the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement,” a pro-Palestinian protest that seeks to delegitimize and demonize Israel — the lone democracy in a Middle East terrorized by autocratic and Islamist regimes.
“Ilhan Omar tricked her electorate into voting for her by lying about her support for Israel,” Cardozo-Moore further claimed. During an August primary, Omar was asked how she felt about the BDS movement, and she responded by declaring that it was “not helpful in getting that two-state solution.”
The now-safely-elected Omar has a different opinion on the subject, however. Just days after winning her congressional seat, Omar insisted that “my position has always been the same. I believe and [support] the BDS movement, and have fought to make sure people[‘s] right to support it isn’t criminalized.”
But while Omar’s opinion on the movement is apparently still up in the air, one thing is for certain: she has no place in our federal legislature.