Omar stars on Vogue cover, says head cover means power and liberation. Folks had some questions …

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) listens as lawmakers speak about the Voting Rights Enhancement Act, H.R. 4, on Capitol Hill on February 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
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According to anti-Semitic Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar, the hijab she proudly dons daily as she struts through Congress symbolizes “power, liberation, beauty and resistance.”

She revealed this last week in an interview with Vogue magazine.

“Wearing her hijab allows her to be a ‘walking billboard’ not only for her faith but also for representing something different from the norm,” the left-wing purveyor wrote.

That she voluntarily chooses to wear a hijab is perfectly fine; America is the home of freedom and liberty, after all. However, her interpretation of her hijab as a symbol of “liberation” and “resistance” does raise some valid questions about whether she knows anything about the Muslim world.

While it’s true she was born in Mogadishu, she’s spent the majority of her life in the United States, and it seems to show in her stunningly naive and oftentimes ignorant rhetoric.

The problem, as noted on Twitter by renowned investigative journalist Sara A. Carter in response to Omar’s defenders, is that in the Muslim world, wearing a hijab or or burka or niqab isn’t a choice. It’s a mandatory obligation/law — one that women aren’t keen to violate.

Last year an Iranian woman received a 20-year prison sentence for removing her hijab during a protest. She got off relatively easy.

Speaking last month with Spiked magazine, Arab-Canadian university educator and ex-Muslim Yasmine Mohammed warned that “[f]or many women in Muslim-majority countries,” removing their hijab “could not only mean ostracism or abuse from your family and community, but also could mean being imprisoned or killed.”

But sometimes even wearing a hijab isn’t enough to prevent punishment.

Case in point:

Recorded last year, the video above shows one of Iran’s Shariah patrols/morality police units beating a woman for reportedly wearing “insufficient” headgear.

Sadly, these sorts of beatings are commonplace in the Muslim world.


According to Mohammed, the life of every woman in the Muslim world is constricted by a litany of rules governing what they can wear, where they can go and what they can do.

“It’s not much of a choice in my experience — and my experience is a very common one,” she said. “Generally, when you are seven or eight years old, you start getting told, ‘Look at you, you’re getting older, you’re going to be wearing the hijab soon’. It was put on me at nine years old – that’s a typical age, sometimes it’s older, sometimes it’s younger.”

“I fought against it. I was also made to wear a long dress to my ankles. I could no longer ride a bike, climb monkey bars or go swimming because I couldn’t show any skin. All of a sudden, your childhood is just a dead-end. You’re finished with being a child and now it’s time to be wrapped up in this clothing to protect you from all the men who are going to want to rape you.”

Omar doesn’t seem to understand any of this, perhaps because her perspective is blinded by what one social media user has dubbed “Western privilege”:

Is it possible though that perhaps Omar secretly condones the oppression of women? Consider that she views her hijab as “a ‘walking billboard’ … for representing something different from the norm,” as noted by Vogue. The oppression of women seen in Muslim countries is certainly different from the norm.

“I grew up in a religious society and my father and grandfather believed that their role was to teach right from wrong. For me, that is how I raise my kids,” she added in her interview with Vogue.

It’s unclear whether her father and grandfather were aware that imprisoning, beating and/or killing women for not wearing certain headgear is inordinately wrong.

Regarding Vogue, four years ago it ran a piece about anti-compulsory hijab activist Masih Alinejad. At the time far-leftists activists reportedly cried foul over the profile. Now that the magazine is profiling a pro-hijab woman instead, activists are reacting quite differently:



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