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Qanta Ahmed: Ilhan Omar is a Disgrace to Islam


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On Monday, in an opinion piece for Fox News, Dr. Qanta Ahmed called Ilhan Omar a “Disgrace to Islam.”

Dr. Qanta Ahmed is a councilor at the USC Shoah Foundation, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an associate professor of medicine at the State University of New York. She made no bones about the fact she considers Rep. Omar ignorant and an Islamic extremist.

In the op-ed, Dr. Ahmed said, “She repeatedly projects a distorted and patently Islamist interpretation of Islam – a religion that in reality stands for the values of justice, peace and ethical conduct.”

Dr. Ahmed went further to say that Omar knows little about CAIR, the Counsil on American-Islamic Relations, which as frequently been tied to terrorist organizations. She pointed out that, in Omar’s speech, she claimed CAIR was founded after 9/11 to protect the civil liberties of Muslims, when in reality, CAIR was founded in 1994, a full 7 years prior to the attacks. She chided Omar for her “dismissive insensitivity to the worst foreign attack on America in our history.”

“Omar’s grotesque trivialization of a national tragedy amounts to an explicit denial of 9/11 – ” she wrote, “a desecration of all the lives erased that awful day. This denial is inexplicable unless she has strong and covert Islamist sympathies.”

As a physician working with New York University’s World Trade Center Health Program, Ahmed sees the continuing effects of the 9/11 attacks every day. Specializing in the treatment of PTSD in first responders, who she said continue to have complex sleep disorders and associated health issues.

While she didn’t agree with President Trump’s tweet of the attacks coupled with Omar’s words, feeling it was stressful to survivors, she felt it was necessary for “exposure of Omar’s hypocrisy and offensive diminishment of 9/11…”

She wrote, “In her dismissal of Sept. 11, Omar callously erased the deep suffering of every survivor and family I attend, and everyone else still impacted by the terrorist attacks. Like each person old enough to remember Sept. 11, 2001, the day will be engraved in my mind for as long as I live.”

Dr. Ahmed, who immigrated to the U.S. from England in 1996 and became an American citizen, concluded with, “I thank God every day that I was able to immigrate to the United States of America, where I am now a proud citizen in a country I love and where I enjoy the blessings of  American liberty and protection of my rights under the U.S. Constitution. Wouldn’t it be nice to hear Rep. Ilhan Omar express these same sentiments?  Don’t expect it anytime soon.”

Sarah Morton

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  1. chuck purvis | |

    AN IMMIGRANT WHO CAME THE RIGHT WAY, BECAME A CITIZEN, ADR., HELPING 9-11 VICTIMS AND IS PROUD AND THANKFUL FOR HER OPPORTUNITIES. I COMMEND HER FOR TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TROJAN HORSE3 PLANT INSANE HUSSIN LEFT IN PLACE. HATS OFF TO YOU DR.

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