Zeldin Blasts Pelosi’s ‘Horrible Judgment’ for Inviting Anti-Israel Imam to Give House Opening Prayer

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New York Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) blasted Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as having “horrible judgment” when she invited a Texas imam, who previously compared Israel to the Nazis, to give the opening prayer at the House of Representatives last week.

While giving a Sunday interview with “Fox & Friends,” Zeldin — who first took office in 2015 and is Jewish himself — went after Pelosi for inviting Texas Imam Omar Suleiman to give the House’s opening prayer on Thursday, torching the move while pointing out that Suleiman’s comparison of “Israel to Nazis” should have been a cue for the Democrats to “find another imam.”

“Either the Speaker’s office did not vet this imam at all, or worse, they did vet the imam and then decided that it would have been okay for the imam to come onto the floor of the House of Representatives anyway. Let’s just say all you found is that he compares Israel to Nazis, that would be enough to tell that member or other members of that caucus ‘how about you find another imam if you want to have an imam to give an opening prayer?'”

Zeldin continued on to say that the issues surrounding Suleiman that host Pete Hegseth “pointed out” — such as “comparing Israel to terrorists, calling for a third Palestinian intifada, or the posts on social media that are supportive of Muslim Brotherhood” — made Pelosi’s choice to have him give the opening prayer “a bad call” and blasted the House speaker as having “horrible judgment.”

“And after the 2019 that we’ve had so far, where members of their own caucus are pushing anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hate, it was bad judgment,” added Zeldin.

According to Fox News, Suleiman had posted on Twitter and Facebook supporting the “3rd Intifada” during the conflict between Israel and Hamas in 2014.

“God willing on this blessed night as the 3rd Intifada begins, the beginning of the end of Zionism is here. May Allah help us overcome this monster, protect the innocent of the world, and accept the murdered as martyrs.”

Zeldin’s comments came after Pelosi introduced Suleiman to give the opening prayer of the House on Thursday. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) had invited Suleiman to give the prayer.

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Lucinda Anderson
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Prayer has been fine for over 200 years, why should Muslims think they can change our customs? They need to assimilate and its time we follow France and outlaw those ridulous black bed sheets covering their faces! This is America, if they dont like our customs stay in their own country. Now we’ve got to put up with those ISIS like training camps all over the USA. Time to go in take them down and start putting them behind bars…

Otis
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When has Piglosi ever used good judgement?

Laura Sealey
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I truly believe he was vetted and they knew it would cause controversy which means more press which they love.

General Confusion
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“the opening prayer at the House of Representatives” article

Don’t be confused. There is a really easy solution for this – keep religion out of politics, as per the Constitution. If we allow Chritians to do opening prayers in government, we can’t complain about other religions being allowed, too, so stop the practice entirely. Problem solved.

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