Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) took offense on Eastern weekend to a video of Christians being led by a guitarist and singing worshipful songs on a plane — and the backlash was swift.
Omar, who is Muslim, shared the video on Twitter on Holy Saturday and asked if she and her family have a prayer session the next time they fly, “how do you think it will end?” It is unclear if the flight was commercial or charter, and the video was posted a week ago, but the timing and responses were quite clear.
Republican congressional candidate Jose Castillo of Florida shot back that “in America, Muslims can and do pray in public.” Georgia congressional candidate Vernon Jones, a Democrat who became a Trump-supporting Republican, asked “Why do you hate Christians?”
Cicely Davis is Republican from Omar’s own 5th Congressional District in Minnesota and is running to unseat the “Squad” member from Congress. Davis noted that Qatar broadcasts Islamic prayers on their planes before takeoff and that prayer areas and coordinates for Mecca are displayed on screens aboard flights.
One Twitter response referred to the representative as “a perpetual participant in the Oppression Olympics.”
TMZ reports the video was taken and posted by Jack Jensz, Jr., founder of Kingdom Realm Ministries. The minister and members of his congregation have been in Europe assisting refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine, and it’s believed the particular flight was on its way to Germany around April 9.
To be fair, there appeared to be passengers on the plane who were not exactly swept up in the moment, and the wisdom of an impromptu church service on a commercial flight is debatable. Still, the faux outrage of the Minnesota congresswoman assuredly has nothing to do with the possible awkwardness of the scene and everything to do with the message.
A 21st century Judeo-Christian society is tasked to protect all faiths, and free expression is vital to that protection. Portraying yourself as a victim at a holy time for hundreds of millions is not a good look, especially for a politician who represents a wide variety of constituents.