NPR’s Scott Simon asks female genital mutilation survivor Maryum Saifee why she wishes Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., had seized on an opportunity to advocate for FGM survivors.NPR, “Speaking Out Against FGM”, August 1, 2019
What happened to the whole “there are no bad questions” thing?
At a conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, a Muslim activist asked Rep. Ilhan Omar if she would condemn the medieval practice of female genital mutilation, or FGM, which is still in use among some groups today.
The Minnesota Democrat, clearly miffed by what she described as an “appalling” and “frustrating” question, responded with an ice-cold drubbing.Shawn Langlois, “Muslim activist probably regrets asking Rep. Ilhan Omar this ‘appalling’ question“, Marketwatch, July 24, 2019
WASHINGTON — Rep. Ilhan Omar gave a polite verbal thrashing to an audience member who asked her to condemn female genital mutilation during a conference in DC on Tuesday, saying she’s “disgusted” by some of the questions asked solely of Muslim politicians.
The dispute came during a conference for Muslim Americans in politics, when Ani Osman-Zonneveld of Muslims for Progressive Values asked Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (who was scheduled but could not make the event) to condemn female genital mutilation.Kadia Goba, “Rep. Ilhan Omar Was Asked To Condemn Female Genital Mutilation — Again. She Was Not Happy“, Buzzfeed News, July 23, 2019
“I am, I think, quite disgusted I think to be honest that as Muslim legislators, we are constantly being asked to waste our time speaking to issues that other people are not asked to speak to because … the assumption exists that we somehow support and are for [the issue],” Omar responded.