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Ilhan Omar Slammed for Response to Notre Dame Blaze: Some Fire Burned Something

Ilhan Omar Slammed for Response to Notre Dame Blaze: Some Fire Burned Something

“Art & architecture? It was a house of worship.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Monday was again criticized for her choice of words in addressing a tragedy.

Having just endured a public shaming for characterizing the Sept. 11 attacks as “some people did something,” Omar botched her response to a blaze that partly destroyed the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris – at least according to some critics.

On Monday, a fire broke out in the iconic church, destroying the spire and much of the roof. A firefighter and two police officers were injured during the massive 12-hour effort that managed to extinguish the flames.

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As the fire was still raging, Omar praised “this wonder” for its contributions to art and architecture. She also expressed support for the people of Paris and said she was praying for the first responders.

What Omar did not reference was Notre Dame’s importance as a Catholic symbol. Commenters on the right quickly took note.

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch offered Omar a brief lesson on Christianity.

Former Republican congressman and radio host Joe Walsh suggested Omar should have acknowledged that Notre Dame is a house of worship.

Writer Noah Pollak said Omar’s tweet was “disrespectful toward Catholics specifically and Christians in general.” He also invoked her record of anti-Israel statements, which have sometimes been redolent of anti-Semitism.

A number of commenters compared Omar’s ode to Notre Dame to her 9/11 statement, which she made during a March 23 address to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Like in previous cases, some liberals rallied to Omar’s defense, expressing disgust at what they characterized as bigoted attacks on the Muslim congresswoman.

Conservatives have dismissed such objections as identity politics, and attempts to avoid addressing the substance of their complaints. Rep. Dan Crenshaw last week faulted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., for suggesting he did not have the standing to call out Omar’s remarks about 9/11, which he had deemed “unbelievable.”

“One of the most disappointing things of this entire controversy that I’ve seen is these members from New York, how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Max Rose, [are] trying to deflect the attention from Omar by attacking me — claiming I’m not for 9/11 first responders,” the wounded military veteran told NBC News.

“This is a really dishonest attack,” the wounded military veteran told NBC News. “I’m going to tell you how I’m for 9/11 victims and 9/11 first-responders. I’m the guy who went overseas to make sure this never happened again, to take the fight to the enemy who committed these attacks.”

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By the way: Liberals have repeatedly faulted President Donald Trump for making allegedly meaningful omissions when it comes to religion or race. Many criticized him for speaking out about the Notre Dame fire but remaining silent about attacks of houses of worship in other parts of the world, or against black churches in the United States.

In 2017, Trump was also accused of anti-Semitism for issuing a White House statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day that did not explicitly acknowledged the genocide’s anti-Jewish nature.

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Cover image: Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn./The Cathedral of Notre Dame burning in Paris on April 15, 2019. (Screen grabs)

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