MUST SEE: Rep. Ilhan Omar Outraged About Being Asked to Condemn Female Genital Mutilation By Fellow Muslim (VIDEO)
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was outraged after being asked to condemn female genital mutilation by Ani Zonneveld, the President of Muslims for Progressive Values.
Rep. Omar acted deeply offended by the “appalling question,” claiming that other lawmakers who aren’t Muslim aren’t asked about these topics. The person asking the question was a fellow Muslim, however — and it was at an event specifically about the religion.
Zonneveld posed the question at the Muslim Caucus Education Collective’s 2019 Conference.
“Should I make a schedule? Like, does this need to be on repeat every 5 minutes? Should I be like, ‘so, today I forgot to condemn Al-Qaeda, so here’s the Al-Qaeda one. Today I forgot to condemn FGM so here it goes. Today I forgot to condemn Hamas so here it goes.’ It is a very frustrating question that comes up. You can look up my record. I’ve voted for bills doing exactly what you are asking me to do,” Omar snapped at Zonneveld indignately.
Rep. Omar added that she is “quite disgusted to be honest that as Muslim legislators, we are constantly being asked to waste our time speaking to issues that other people are not asked to speak to because the assumption exists that we somehow support [it].” Again, she was asked the question by a fellow Muslim at a conference about being Muslim.
According to the CDC, at least 500,000 girls and women in the US have been subjected to the horrific custom, or are at risk of having it done to them. There are so many victims, and potential victims, in the US that the State Department released a video about the ritual in 2017 featuring American survivors.