Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) received significant backlash over a tweet sent out over Easter weekend, where she complained about a group of Christians singing worship music during a flight.
Omar shared a video on the evening of Saturday, April 16, in which a worship leader with a guitar is standing in the aisle of an airplane along with several other individuals, all of them singing Christian worship music.
The exact details of the flight are not clear, including the travel itinerary, and when the flight happened. It is also unclear whether it was a chartered flight, but many are speculating that it was, especially because the video shows that many of the passengers are maskless, despite the federal mask mandate for all flights. The original video was shot by Jack Jensz Jr., the leader of a group called Kingdom Realm Ministries, who has been assisting Ukrainian refugees in Europe along with his congregation.
The singers appeared to be in good spirits, playing songs praising Jesus while many of the passengers sang and clapped along, or recorded on their phones.
Nonetheless, this didn’t sit too well with Omar, who decided to complain about the Christian worship on Twitter.
“I think my family and I should have a prayer session next time I am on a plane,” Omar wrote in her post, sharing the video with her 3 million followers. “How do you think it will end?”
She was immediately met with heavy criticism, with some suggesting that Omar was expressing hatred or bigotry toward Christians.
“Why do you hate Christians, Ilhan? If the freedom of religion we enjoy here in America disturbs you, feel free to pack your bags and head back to Somalia, Sudan, or wherever you’re from. Take your brother with you,” tweeted Vernon Jones, a former Democrat who is running to represent Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I think you should shut up and stop being a bigot,” said attorney and columnist Kurt Schlichter.
“I like to sleep on a plane. I would have been a tad annoyed by this, but this tweet by Ilhan Omar is tone death and perhaps even anti Christian even. FYI, @IlhanMN , many families have prayer sessions on planes before, after, during flights. I pray before & upon landing,” tweeted writer Jose de Jesus Ortiz.
“Oh good lord it’s clearly a charter flight. No masks, but sure, let’s make an issue and on Easter no less,” wrote political strategist Jason Osborne.
“One thing upon which we can depend: Ilhan Omar/CAIR is a perpetual participant in the Oppression Olympics. And as Easter begins, she has to compete with a Christian ‘prayer session,’” said activist and former professor Asra Nomani.
“Why does this person who lives free and liberated because of the compassion of our country not appreciate that we’re a Judeo-Christian society uniquely founded to protect those of all faiths? Why does she constantly denigrate the place that offered her so much? Praying for her,” wrote radio host Joe ‘Pags’ Pagliarulo.
“Ilhan Omar @IlhanMN attacks a group of Christian volunteers on an @easyJet flight in Europe delivering aid to Ukraine, because they’re singing. She has no idea about what transpired and whether or not it was approved. But it’s suddenly about her,” said business owner Avi Kaner.
“Without issue. I’ve been on many flights with Muslims saying a prayer before takeoff. No one cares,” wrote political commentator John Cardillo.
“Over 25,000,000 views. Thank you for sharing and spreading a positive message on Easter,” said political commentator Mike Cernovich.
“Wa alaikum salaam? Allahu Akbar? Don’t you know? Maybe you could ask your brother, or your husband, or whatever,” wrote actor Nick Searcy.