Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, was booed mercilessly during a performance over the weekend in front of what appeared to be a predominantly Somali audience.
At the Suldaan Seeraar event at the Target Center, Omar was booed continuously for about a minute, with some audience members yelling at her to “go home” and “get the f*** out of here.”
As Omar and her husband were introduced on stage, the audience began to boo loudly.
In the video, some stage performers can be heard pleading with the audience to stop booing Omar.
The audience continued to boo Omar as he responded, “Okay, okay, okay, okay, okay, okay, we don’t have all night.”
In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in a case involving a former football coach from the Seattle region who was fired from his job because he refused to cease praying on the field with players, Omar made headlines last week when she declared that religious freedom in America was “dead.”
Omar tweeted, “The Supreme Court just declared that public school teachers can pressure pupils to participate in prayer at public school events but also can retaliate against those who don’t join in.” “Religious freedom in America is dead.”
In the critical First Amendment case, the nation’s top court agreed with the high school football coach.
Kennedy was instructed that he may pray apart from the pupils after the school district heard that he was participating in team prayer. Kennedy was placed on paid leave after refusing to alter his practice and then launched a lawsuit.
Lower courts ruled with the school district last year. The Supreme Court heard the case in April, and many people are eagerly awaiting its ruling.
The conservative justices of the Supreme Court appeared receptive to Kennedy at oral arguments two months ago.
According to The Washington Post,
The school district may have been averse to such protests because it misconstrued the court’s precedents about official sponsorship of religion, according to questions from the court’s conservatives.
Justice Clarence Thomas questioned whether Kennedy would have faced punishment if he had knelt down to protest racism during the playing of the national anthem. Katskee, the legal director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, was questioned by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. over her involvement in other political activism.
Let’s say that all Coach Kennedy did as he approached the center of the field was wave a Ukrainian flag. How about firing him? Lito enquired.
The school system may punish a coach for such behavior, according to Katskee, because it “doesn’t want its event taken over for political discourse.”
Where is the policy of the school district that states so? Alito asked.
Kelly Shackelford, president and chief executive officer of First Liberty, who is defending the lawsuit, stated in a statement that “no teacher or coach should lose their job for merely expressing their beliefs while in public.”
He continued, “By considering this significant case, the Supreme Court can safeguard the right of every American to exercise private religious expression, including public prayer, without concern about reprisal.
The Daily Wire stated that former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and a volunteer counsel for First Liberty, said, “We look forward to bringing the Coach’s case, which gets to the heart of the First Amendment, to the Justices.” Six years after the events, Joe Kennedy’s case has given the coach who still wants to coach football reason for optimism.
“Six years without playing football was simply too long. Kennedy stated in the statement, “I am incredibly grateful that the Supreme Court will consider my case and I pray that I will soon be able to be back on the field teaching the game and players I love.