CAIR protesters target Jeanine Pirro fundraiser speech

Despite Fox News having suspended popular host Judge Jeanine Pirro for two weeks in March following her controversial comments about Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, Pirro’s critics aren’t satisfied.

Some of those critics are now targeting a Pittsburgh-area fundraising event at which Pirro is scheduled to speak, as well as the event’s sponsors.

Protesting Pirro

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the St. Barnabas Health System has drawn the ire of liberal and Islamic protesters after the organization refused to accede to initial demands to remove Pirro as a speaker at the upcoming St. Barnabas’ Founders’ Day fundraising event.

The opposition was organized by the head of the local Pittsburgh chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Safdar Khwaja, who has planned a protest outside of the event on Thursday evening.

“We have been very concerned about all the very strong and non-factual propaganda that Jeanine Pirro has been doing on television, slandering the Islamic community,” Khwaja said. “So we gave [St. Barnabas] a chance to hear us out and prevent a protest. But it wouldn’t hear us out,” he added.

He told the Post-Gazette that he expects at least 20-50 people to attend the protest on Thursday evening.

Omar comment sparks outrage

Khwaja and others took exception to remarks made by Pirro on March 9 that earned her a sharp rebuke from the network and others on the left.

In reference to Omar, who wears the traditional hijab head covering of the Islamic faith, Pirro had asked, “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”

Fox condemned her comments and punished her with a two-week suspension.

The left seeks to silence Pirro

Khwaja’s organized opposition has succeeded in garnering support from several other groups in the area, including Casa San Jose, Veterans for Peace, and the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network.

And at least four of the event’s 10 corporate sponsors — Trib Total Media, Dollar Bank, UPMC Health Plan, and CHS Alera Group  — withdrew their support of the event.

The effort to force the corporate sponsors to withdraw from the fundraising event was led by an unnamed local Democrat who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal.

The unfortunate truth is, there are those on the left who can’t stand Pirro for the simple fact that she is unafraid to say what she really thinks. They won’t rest until she has been fired from Fox and silenced on any sort of public platform where she may speak, including at a senior’s assisted living and hospital fundraising event.

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