A Muslim civil rights organization has called on Fox News to fire host Jeanine Pirro for questioning Rep. Ilhan Omar’s loyalty to the U.S. in a monologue on her weekend show “Justice with Judge Jeanine” and suggesting the Minnesota Democrat’s decision to wear hijab is “antithetical” to the Constitution.
“Such an open and un-American expression of religious bigotry should be rejected by any media outlet seeking even a modicum of credibility,” said Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “Jeanine Pirro should be fired, and Fox News should apologize to its viewing audience.”
Pirro, who is a legal pundit for the conservative Fox News outlet, accused the Muslim congresswoman of advocating for Shariah law in America and for condemning Israel because of her religious beliefs.
“She’s not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat Party. … Then where is she getting it from,” Pirro said in the first segment of her Saturday night show. “Think about it. Omar wears a hijab. … Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Shariah law, which itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
Hufsa Kamal Khan, a Muslim woman who is an associate producer for Fox News host Bret Baier, criticized Pirro online. “(C)an you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough?” she tweeted Sunday. “You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself.”
@JudgeJeanine can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough? You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself. K thx. https://t.co/ZfKhRhlvM3
— Hufsa Kamal (@hufkat) March 10, 2019
Pirro responded to the backlash on Sunday by denying that she had called Omar “un-American.”
“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,” she said.
In a separate statement on Sunday, Fox News said “we strongly condemn” Pirro’s statements and have addressed them with the host directly. In a tweet, Omar thanked Fox News for its statement.
“No one’s commitment to our Constitution should be questioned because of their faith or country of birth,” Omar said.
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Source: Religion News Service