Here Are 3 Gaping Errors Ilhan Omar Made in Attacking Pro-Life Advocates and Religious Liberty

Ilhan Omar pro-life advocates religious libertyRep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., unleashed a scathing statement on the House floor on May 22, in which she attacked conservatives and pro-life Americans, accusing them of hypocrisy and inconsistency, among other things.

She was responding to the wave of pro-life bills that have recently swept state legislatures. And she was wrong, point after point.

Here are three ways she showed she doesn’t understand pro-life Americans and religious liberty.

1. Pro-Life Americans are not theocrats.

Omar began:

Religious fundamentalists are currently trying to manipulate state laws in order to impose their beliefs on an entire society, all with complete disregard for voices and the rights of American women. The recent efforts like those in Alabama and Georgia are only the latest in a long history of efforts to criminalize women for simply existing. To punish us, when we don’t confirm to their attempts to control us. But because it’s happening here, with the support of the ultra-conservative religious right, we call it religious freedom.

Omar here is saying that people who advocate for the unborn through legislation (like the abortion bans passed in Alabama and Georgia) are simply religious people trying to impose their beliefs on society under the guise of religious freedom. It’s unclear if the attack here is mostly on pro-life advocates or religious liberty advocates.

While these groups overlap, they aren’t always one and the same. I know pro-life folks who are pro-life because of science, not religion, and I know religious freedom advocates who aren’t religious at all themselves.

What is clear is that she was attacking religious freedom, smearing it as a crusade aimed at discrimination and misogyny against women.

We’ve seen a bevy of cases in recent years stemming from religious liberty—whether it be a cake baker wishing to obey his conscience, or the effort to dismantle a WWI veteran’s memorial simply because it is shaped like a cross. These are hardly efforts to “control” women. Rather, they are rooted in the freedoms protected by the First Amendment.

Religious liberty is a hot topic today, but it is a core element of our nation’s founding. In fact, it’s why America began in the first place: because Puritans wanted a place to worship freely.

But Omar didn’t even see fit to give a nod to that heritage.

2. Pro-life Americans have a huge track record of caring for mothers and children.

Omar went on to impugn the motives of religious conservatives, accusing them not only of not caring for the unborn, but for mothers and children:

Let’s just be honest. For the religious right, this isn’t simply about their care or concern for life. If they cared about or were concerned about children, they would be concerned about the children who are being detained and dying in camps across our border, or the children who are languishing in hunger and facing homelessness.

This is a lie the left has perpetuated for decades. While it is true that Roe v. Wade ignited a wave of activism that created optics centered on defending the unborn, the fact is that pro-life Americans care about the whole life—born and unborn. And the data proves it.

In 2018, 2 million women were served through pregnancy resource centers, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute. These centers exist not just to keep a woman from aborting, but to help a woman should she decide to raise the baby or put the baby up for adoption.

When the Supreme Court heard NIFLA v. Becerra last year—a case dealing with pregnancy resource centers—the Catholic Association filed a brief showing how the lives of 13 women had been transformed because of the aid they received from pregnancy centers in California.

As far as children “languishing in hunger and facing homelessness” go, research shows that faith-based adoption agencies “have been a cornerstone of the child welfare system for decades.” Aid organizations like the Red Cross, Compassion International, and Bethany Services all have religious roots, showing that religious people have cared for the neediest, most helpless among us for decades.

Also, consider that Alabama—the state that just banned abortion—recently set a new record in adoptions.

3. Pro-life Americans are not forcing religion on anyone.

Finally, Omar accused religious liberty advocates of being duplicitous.

I am frustrated every single time I hear people speaking about their personal faith and pushing that onto other people because we know those so-called religious politicians when it comes to their life, their choices, they want to talk about freedom. But when it comes to other people’s lives and other people’s choices, they want to talk about religion.

People who passionately advocate for the unborn are often accused of trying to push their faith onto others, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Omar suggested pro-life legislators are passing six-week abortion bans in the name of religious freedom. But this is also untrue. The right to “free exercise” of religion is, of course, vitally important, but a six-week abortion ban is not dependent upon religion. Science itself makes the case against abortion. Life is a right, and if life begins at conception, these unborn babies deserve legal protection afforded to them by the state.

Furthermore, Christian conservatives do not enter the political arena for selfish reasons. They don’t advocate for their own liberties and no one else’s, so that they can reap the benefits and pass down punitive measures to everyone else who isn’t religious. That’s simply not true, and it would be unchristian.

There are multiple organizations peppered across the United States—the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Alliance Defending Freedom, and First Liberty, to name a few—which go to bat for religious people in court, not because their rights are preeminent but because they are often marginalized and discriminated in our day (see the Masterpiece Cakeshop case).

In fact, here’s a comprehensive list from 2011-2017 of discrimination cases against religious people, not the other way around.

Omar has the right to represent her constituents in Minnesota, but the arguments she made in this brief speech are horrendously flawed, unsubstantiated, and for the most part, plain smears against conservatives meant for show.

Reprinted with permission from - The Daily Signal - by Nicole Russell

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3 years ago

So, how is it that a muslum hor gets to say anything about life and death when they do not respect life. My input on abortion would be to fix any women who had an abortion to stop her ‘bedside’ manner and take the guy out and introduce him to your axe!

3 years ago

Do you think she really know what the Constitution and Bill of Rights say?

3 years ago

The Wolf in sheep’s clothing has apppeared once again. They get in quietly, then suddenly roar and
their true self comes thru trying to disrupt age-old concepts for their personal values. Wake up
America and test any who would betray our way of life. She really has never lived under Sharia law
If she wants that, she should return to her family’s roots to enjoy what she has been taught. She
really has no right to hold a seat in Congress.

3 years ago

Wat about the right of the taxpayer? The hypocrisy lies in the Left. Someone should hold a mirror to the Left wen they speak out… And wen they do speak out esp in their hypicrital way remind them-they r now fair game.

3 years ago

Having read all 181 comments thus far, I feel the need to point out to many of you that Omar was NOT elected by Americans. She was elected by all the Somalians living in her district in MN, shipped there by our own brain dead government. Secondly, I believe that the ONLY people that should be allowed to speak on abortion are the ones who survived an abortion attempt. Finally. I think that any woman who does not want to have a baby can easily avoid it by taking 2 aspirin, placing them between their knees and holding them their until they disintegrate, and then repeating the process. Remember, you’ve already expressed your choice by ignoring this advice.

Doug W. Hasert
3 years ago

Who elected her ? Are there that many Somali’s there ?

Doug W. Hasert
3 years ago

How was she elected? Are there enough Somali’s in MN. to do this >

3 years ago

She is a big mouth that talks out of both sides of her mouth. The babies that speaks about have rights just like the mother carrying the baby. If the woman chooses to get pregnant she needs to be ready to face consequences of either keeping or adopting out her newborn but abortion should never be an option. She is the hypocrite because look how many are killed because they don’t follow her nuslim religion. She calls us conservatives hypocrite, she has some nerve. Using big words only proves one thing she studied the dictionary. She needs to be gotten rid of and deported.

Michael Brown
3 years ago

The left are totally masters of projection. Everything the left are guilty of, they wrongfully accuse conservatives of doing.

T in KS
3 years ago

She is either so gravely ignorant of facts or she may believe that if she continues to state her hatred for Christians (much like in the Middle East that she abandoned), people will assume the charges are true. Is that not what Hitler did? It worked for him. What should be our response? We should stand firm on truth while praying for her and those who march behind her. Kindness may dispel her hatred but, for sure, harsh comments will not. Jesus said to love our enemies. Right now seems to be the time for intense prayer for and kindness towards her.

Tom Tucker
3 years ago

OK, wait. A religious fundamentalist accuses pro life groups of being religious fundamentalists. Did I get that right?

3 years ago

Meanwhile, her Muslim brothers strap suicide vests to children or give them other explosives to go into groups of soldiers. Or setup rocket launchers in places where innocent women and children are, so we dont attack them or if we do, we get blamed for killing innocents.

3 years ago

No one mentions the devistating heartbreak some woman feel for the rest of there life for aborting they’re never the same again .
It’s as if both are murdered on that abortionist table .

3 years ago

Her main goal is to undermine all of America at any cost for her beloved ‘ allah ‘.
Christ Jesus is America’s only Lord and Savior.
But most of America is to ignorant to understand that truth.

3 years ago

Omar is a Liar and there is no truth in her. Just like her friend Satan.

Bill fuse
3 years ago

So, why is it that our Govt doesn’t also fund the 2nd Amendment and give us each a gun? Or the funding for me to have my own newspaper, for freedom of speech Amendment? Think about it. As I read in an article…This free love my body, is still controlled by men, as they dictate to the woman if he will or will not support the child. Not much has changed from the 60’s, except now we admit to our killing of the Unborn Child. Yes, a Child.

3 years ago

She is a crazy fanatic idiot and talk about control, when is she going to stop wearing her head scarf. Oh, that is not controlling, I guess. the great Muslims do not insist she wear it.

3 years ago

I am always astonished at the hypocrisy Liberal Democrats regurgitate with such frightening regularity. Have you ever noticed whatEVER the Left accuses the Right of doing has already been done by the Left? For YEARS?!

Robin Washington
3 years ago

We must find a way to call for this woman, and her hatred for the American people and the laws and ways of this country, not only be exposed but she must be removed from all committee appointments she has…she must be removed from office.

Dave Snyder
3 years ago

She is Muslim and she accuses Christians and Jews of forcing their religious views on others which is EXACTLY the case with Islam.

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