Thought policing at Fox News, too

In the current environment of hypersensitivity and speech codes, you don’t have to go to Harvard or Yale to find instances of thought policing:

Jeanine Pirro was off the air at Fox News on Saturday, one week after she was widely denounced for doubting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s patriotism.

Last Saturday night Pirro questioned whether Omar’s Islamic religious beliefs stand in opposition to the US Constitution, prompting Fox to say “we strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments.”

The network said at the time that the views Pirro expressed “do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly” — but declined to say if she was being sanctioned in any way.

Several advertisers subsequently distanced themselves from Pirro’s weekly show, called “Justice.”

The show did not appear on this weekend’s cable schedule guide. In its place was an unusual repeat of a documentary series.


This is what Pirro actually said:

“Think about it: Omar wears a hijab,” Pirro said. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”

No…this is not simply a matter of Omar’s spiritual beliefs. Islam is not just a religion. Islam represents a complete way of life.

This is, for its adherents, one of its selling points, in fact. Whereas Jesus said, “Give unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s”, and “My kingdom is not of this world,” Islam is very much concerned with temporal, worldly matters…including politics.

Mohammed was a military leader as well as a spiritual one; and the Muslim concept of the umma includes political as well as spiritual implications.

Shariah law governs not only spiritual, doctrinal matters, but also matters of inheritance, acceptable speech, and the legal relations between the sexes. Shariah is a complete system of law. Many aspects of shariah law are, in fact, antithetical to and incompatible with Western norms. Most honest Muslims will acknowledge this.

Ilhan Omar does indeed wear a hijab…and in the past she’s made positive statements about shariah law.

This would be perfectly ignorable if Ilhan Omar were a private citizen. As a member of our government, though, she now has the ability to pass laws that affect all of us.

The question of what Ilhan Omar actually believes should be fair game. Omar is not shy about expressing her views, whether about shariah law or Israel.

Are we now to declare that any examination of Omar’s motives represent “hate speech”? Is Ilhan Omar, by virtue of being a Muslim member of Congress, now declared above question and above reproach? Is this the price we must pay for multiculturalism?