My FDNY son’s death on 9/11 was more than just ‘something’

Thursday's Editorial - April 11, 2019


1. The purpose of an editorial/commentary is to explain, persuade, warn, criticize, entertain, praise or answer. What do you think is the purpose of Mr. Riches' editorial? Explain your answer.

2.  What is the main idea of the editorial?

3. Watch the video under "Resources" below the questions. Check out the link to Remembering 9/11 in 2018. Mr. Riches' concludes by writing about Omar:

"She came here from Somalia. She was educated here. We took care of her. And now she’s saying 911 was nothing?

Until the time that you realize the importance of 9/11 as the worst day in American history, I call for your removal from Congress."

Do you agree with Mr. Riches? Explain your answer.

4. CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) was founded in 1994. During a speech to the Council on American Islamic Relations in March, Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar claimed,

“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, and that all of us [Muslims] were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

In response to her comments, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), a former Navy SEAL who lost an eye while fighting in Afghanistan, tweeted,

"First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as 'some people who did something'. Unbelievable."

Linking to Congressman Crenshaw’s tweet, Omar wrote, “This is dangerous incitement, given the death threats I face. I hope leaders of both parties will join me in condemning it. My love and commitment to our country and that of my colleagues should never be in question. We are ALL Americans!”

Omar is a a U.S. Congresswoman. She has made many disgraceful comments in the few months she has been in office. Now, instead of apologizing for her dismissive description of the 9/11 Islamic terrorists as “some people who did something,” she is demanding that Congress support her and condemn a decorated U.S. Navy Seal.

What do you think her fellow Democrats in Congress should do?  Condemn critics of Ilhan Omar's disgraceful description, condemn her remarks, or ignore the matter entirely? Explain your answer.