House Republicans criticized Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Islamophobia bill, which came amid Rep. Lauren Boebert’s controversial comments against Omar. Meanwhile, the Democrat-led House is all set to pass the bill, despite the Biden administration’s attempt to downplay it.
Republicans censured Ilhan Omar over controversial Islamophobic bill
Dan Meuser, a Republican congressman from Pennsylvania, said he knew many people in his state who are dutch and feel they are not being treated properly; so they should also be made part of this bill.
Likewise, he noted the concerns of gays and the LGBTQ community should also be considered using this bill if Omar really cares about human rights.
Meuser also sarcastically added that overweight people and skinny kids who get bullied, due to their body features, should be included in the anti-Islamophobia bill Omar is attempting to push for.
The bill asks the State Department to create a special envoy to tackle rising Islamophobia across the globe, reflecting the position created in 2004 to curb anti-Semitic practices.
Ilhan Omar introduced a bill called, "The Combating International Islamophobia Act."
The bill directs the State Department to create a special envoy and office to "monitor" and "combat" Islamophobia around the world.
This is coming from the biggest anti-Semite in Washington.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) December 14, 2021
Democrat congresswoman Jan Schakowsky co-sponsored the bill, noting the bill is necessary to tackle Islamophobia ranging from Rohingya to Uyghurs to Canada to New Zealand.
As the bill already passed the House Foreign Relations Committee, the full House vote is also likely to happen soon. Reportedly, Democrat leadership wants to vote for the bill in their bid to denounce Boebert’s comments.
Omar felt disgusted over the backlash she received on the bill
Republicans Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise respectively declined to condemn Boebert’s remarks, denying any legislative action against the lawmaker.
Steve Chabot, a Republican congressman from Ohio, noted Ilhan Omar’s bill would downplay the issue of anti-Semitism; many extremist elements can find a way to perpetuate anti-Semitic activity under cover of this bill.
Likewise, Brian Mast noted the term Islamophobia has different definitions for different people; most individuals will find a way to attack others under this bill by making their own definition of the term.
Rep. Ken Buck took it as an opportunity to attack Omar’s controversy that she married her brother in order to immigrate to the United States. He added if someone marries their brother, criticizing them should not be counted as Islamophobia.
Biden admin, House GOP scrutinize Ilhan Omar's Islamophobia billhttps://t.co/15suCTlhp0
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 14, 2021
Meanwhile, Omar criticized Republicans’ comments during the hearing. The lawmaker stated instead of discussing the bill with good faith, Republicans tried to increase Islamophobia.
Another Democratic congressman, Ted Lieu, reinforced the need to pass the bill, saying the only reason the Biden White House is boycotting the Olympics diplomatically is due to the rising anti-Muslim violence in China’s Ughyur.
The office of the secretary of state already indicated its concern about the controversial content of the bill. Last week, the department noted revisions should be made to the bill to preserve the secretary’s authority in managing the department.