Islamophobia Defined

It all started when U.S. Rep Lauren Boebert spread the story that she mistook fellow Rep Ilhan Omar for a terrorist while entering the U.S. Capitol. This situation was at the very least prompted by the hijab (religious head covering) that Omar wears when she is in public. At the root of Boebert’s inappropriate behavior is an unfounded and growing prejudice against the followers of Muslim religion currently being identified as Islamophobia .

IslamiCity states that Islamophobia
is practiced primarily by Right-wing
Christian Evangelical groups, Jewish,
White, Buddhist, and Hindutva
supremacists, ISIS and violent Muslim
groups, Democratic and Republican
demagogues, along with the Right Wing
corporation-controlled media
of the world.

Lauren Boebert‘s behavior was obviously Islamophobic. She claims that she was getting into an elevator when a visibly disturbed Capitol Police officer ran toward her. The doors closed too quickly for her to make out his intention. Immediately she realized that she was standing next to her fellow representative Ilhan Omar. Boebert appeared to feel uncomfortable because she states that she thought: “Well, she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine.” Then she demeaned Ms. Omar: “Oh look, the Jihad squad decided to show up for work today.”

Ilhan Omar reports that the elevator encounter never took place. It is an insensitive story manufactured and spread around for her supporters. While jokes about backpack bombers and holy wars may be relatively common; they are also incredibly destructive. These casual remarks can push disturbed people to act irresponsibly. For instance, within thirty minutes of Boebert’s comments, the following death threat was sent to Omar’s phone:

“We see you, you Muslim sand n*****
b****,” the voicemail began. “Don’t
worry, there are plenty who would love
the opportunity to take you off the
face of this f****** earth.” The caller
continued. “You will not live much
longer b****, I can almost
guarantee you that.

According to Ilhan Omar, her colleague refuses to acknowledge the effects of her vicious comments. Ilhan has stated I graciously accepted a call from Rep. Lauren Boebert in the hope of receiving a direct apology. She instead doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call.” Omar added “I believe in engaging with those we disagree with respectfully, but not when that disagreement is rooted in outright bigotry and hate.”

The Insider reports that the heightened climate of Islamophobia on Capitol Hill has prompted U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley to call for the stripping of Rep. Boebert’s committee assignments. While Pressley is not a Muslim, she remarks “Instead of engaging in a good faith discussion on how to address the rise of Islamophobic violence, Republicans engaged in ad hominem attacks, belittled Muslims, and minimized the pain of Muslim communities around the world.”



Ilhan Omar was born on a Monday in the zodiac sign of Libra. Her INNER self is ruled by the Moon and Venus governs her OUTER Self. Individuals born with the #19 MON LIB signature go about their business without much fanfare. That means that they appear to be mild mannered, unless someone purposely blocks them. This group of souls is never be underestimated.

Lauren Boebert was born on a Monday in the zodiac sign of Sagittarius. Her INNER self is ruled by the Moon and Jupiter governs her OUTER self. People born with the #21 MON SAG signature are likable enough to become good friends and co-workers. When they are permitted to be themselves, they usually end up doing exactly what is in their own best interests.

Ayanna Pressley was born on a Sunday in the zodiac sign of Aquarius. Her INNER self is ruled by the Sun. Either Saturn or Uranus governs her OUTER self. Individuals born with the #11 SUN AQU signature are very self-assured and enjoy taking care of business. They can be rather quiet until they decide to speak out. They often take unconventional or unpopular positions.

Ayanna Pressley

This concerned Sunday Day Ray individual is attempting to straighten out the struggle between two emotional Monday Day Rays. The Sun types expect be respected for their position and power. Moon types experience a certain level of public attention and then can disappear from view. Their personal fates are closely connected to the nature of their feelings and moods.

The differences in these two Moon types come from their Libra and Sagittarius Sun Signs. Libras care what people think of them and most often watch their manners, Sagittarians are candid and enjoy shooting from the hip. Still there is nothing in either Sun Sign (or any Sun Sign) that forces people to be cruel or disrespectful to anyone for any reason.

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