CAIR Wants Jeanine Pirro Fired Because of Anti-Islam Remarks
In her show’s opening monologue on Sunday night, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro addressed the Democrats and their cowardly refusal to call out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her anti-Semitism. Noting that the final version of the House-passed resolution against hate did not name Omar and did everything possible to deflect attention away from her inflammatory insults, Pirro called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to grow a spine.
“This is not who your party is,” argued Pirro, addressing her remarks directly to Pelosi. “Your party is not anti-Israel. She is. She is not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat Party. So if it’s not rooted in the party, where is she getting it from?
“Think about it,” Pirro continued. “Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran, 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the U.S. Constitution?”
Welp, you can’t just go on television and speak obvious truths about the Quran without getting some blowback from the Islamic community, so it was not a surprise to see the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) come unglued at Pirro’s monologue. They are now calling on Fox News to fire the primetime host and say that they will organize a boycott of the show’s advertisers until the network meets their demands.
“Such an open and un-American expression of religious bigotry should be rejected by any media outlet seeking even a modicum of credibility,” said CAIR national executive director Nihad Awad. “Jeanine Pirro should be fired, and Fox News should apologize to its viewing audience.”
Disappointingly, Fox News has already met the second of these obligations. In a statement issued shortly after Pirro’s program had ended, the network said: “We strongly condemn Judge Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”
For her part, Pirro said that she had not meant to question Omar’s fidelity to the United States.
“I’ve seen a lot of comments about my opening statement from Saturday night’s show and I did not call Rep. Omar un-American,” she said. “My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution. I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.”
Questioning Omar’s belief in Islam is probably the wrong strategy, because it allows one side to get away with anti-Semitism by plugging their ears and yelling, “Islamophobia!” At the same time, to say that there are things in the Quran that are incompatible with the Constitution is not exactly a controversial truth. And for a woman to be so Islamic as to wear a hijab to Congress, it is certainly worth questioning what it is she actually believes.
But then, Omar seems unable to hide her true colors, so we’re sure she will tell us all in due time. No need to goad her into it.