Jeanine Pirro has – or maybe I should say had – a highly rated (for cable news) show on Fox News Channel. But her show was pulled from the air this past weekend. And there is no indication of whether it will be on next weekend, or ever again.
What did Ms. Pirro say that has caused this suspension or firing?
It apparently was this comment about Rep. ilhan omar (D-MN):
“Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
What you just read was immediately attacked as a slur on Islam. The howls from the left and from mainstream media (often indistinguishable from one another) were loud enough to result in Ms. Pirro’s current situation.
But is it a slur, or just a statement of fact about the Koran coupled with a provocative question?
First let’s see if Jeanine Pirro got her facts right. To do that, let’s look at its wording. Here is the text of Quran 33.59, from quran.com:
O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.
It seems pretty clear that Ms. Pirro’s take on what Quran 33.59 says is accurate.
So the question is a) whether it is logical to conclude that ilhan omar subscribes to shari’a law, b) whether shari’a law is antithetical to our constitution, and c) most importantly, regardless of whether Ms. Pirro’s opinion about this is right or wrong, is it a slur on Islam.
According to the Islamic Supreme Council of America:
Islam is a complete package – a complete message and way of life. To fraction it into its component, then examine them individually, will yield little or no understanding of Islam’s holistic whole. Inevitably aspects of Islam examined separately, without a wide-ranging grasp of its totality, will be taken in a fragmented context, in which case aspects may take on the appearance of extremism.
However, when viewed from a comprehensive perspective by any fair person, Islam will be found sensible in all its aspects and practices. Could it be otherwise for a faith that powers one of the greatest living civilizations – one whose dynamism and creativity supplied a foundation for countless aspects of modern society?
Shariah is the Islamic Law – the disciplines and principles that govern the behavior of a Muslim individual towards his or herself, family, neighbors, community, city, nation and the Muslim polity as a whole, the Ummah. Similarly Shariah governs the interactions between communities, groups and social and economic organizations. Shariah establishes the criteria by which all social actions are classified, categorized and administered within the overall governance of the state.
Forgetting the promotional part of that statement, it would seem evident that ilhan omar’s choice of clothing subscribes to shari’a law. So Jeanine Pirro has that right.
Is shari’a law antithetical to the constitution? Yes, in the narrow sense that, if it were forced on us all, it would clash with our freedoms. No, in the sense that none of us, whether or not we were born Muslim, are forced to subscribe to its tenets.
Shari’a law, therefore, is no more antithetical to the constitution than any other devotional procedure relating to any other religion.
Illustratively, just as an orthodox Jewish male is expected to wear a yarmulke (skull cap), so is an orthodox Muslim woman expected to wear a hijab. In both cases, this is a religious choice, not a legal requirement; the Jewish male can reject his orthodox religion and take off his yarmulke any time he cares to, just as the Islamic female can decide to forgo Islam and wear non-religious clothing.
Now the key question: is Jeanine Pirro’s expression of her opinion about Ms. Omar worthy of suspension or expulsion from her cable news show?
Personally, I don’t see it. Where is the slur on Islam? Can you show it to me? Because I can’t find it.
Moreover, other cable news hosts, and guests, express opinions like this, and a lot more controversial, almost every day. They don’t get dumped for it.
I would like to hear an explanation of Fox News Channel’s action – so I can decide a) whether they disagree with my assessment, b) if so, why, and c) whether the real reason for what happened to Ms. Pirro is that FNC was intimidated into it by a coordinated effort of the left and their media pals.
I wonder if we’ll ever know for sure.