A Muslim woman just made history in the United States for wearing her hijab and swearing in on the Koran after getting elected to the Congress. Ilhan Omar, 37 years old, is now officially one of the two female Muslim members in the congress and she entered her office by breaking tradition. She’s also the first Somali-American and the first female Muslim refugee elected into congress.
Omar, who arrived in the United States in 1995 after leaving war-torn Somalia, was elected to represent the fifth district of Minnesota. Since 1837, head coverings of all sorts were banned on the House floor.
Fortunately, that has changed now to permit religious headdress, although ‘regular head wear’ such as baseball caps, cowboy hats, and others are still not allowed.
Omar promised on Twitter:
“No one puts a scarf on my head but me. It’s my choice—one protected by the first amendment. And this is not the last ban I’m going to work to lift.”
While many are happy about Omar’s victory and the change she has helped usher in some netizens are obviously pessimistic about it as evidenced by their comments on social media.
Regardless of that, her family remains proud and supportive of their daughter.
Nur Mohamed, Omar’s father, said:
“Twenty three years ago, my family and I arrived at an airport in Washington DC. We were newly arrived refugees in this country, from a refugee camp in Kenya. I had heard about the promise of America, prosperity for all and hope for a better tomorrow.
“I could never have dreamed that twenty three years later I would return to the same airport with my daughter Ilhan by my side, the day before she is to be sworn in as the first Somali-American elected to the United States Congress.
“You, of course, can imagine how emotional this is and why I am incredibly proud of her.
“It’s an honor to have her represent me and our family is so humbled that Ilhan has the opportunity to serve in our democracy.”
Meanwhile, Omar said he sees her victory as a triumph against Trump.
In a Guardian article, she explained:
“I think my election was a rejection of Donald Trump’s way of thinking. As someone who grew up Muslim and black post-9/11, I’m used to having people react negatively to me. But it was still surprising to see folks spend so much time and money trying to spread hateful things about me and my campaign. The response from the electorate in my district, Minnesota, was to vote me in as their representative with the biggest margin that anyone has ever won in the state.”
Abortion Is Now Completely Legal In Ireland
The groundbreaking referendum has lifted a ban that has been around for 200 years.
The Republic of Ireland has made a decision about women's rights. As of today, it is completely legal to have an abortion in the republic for the first time in 200 years.
The procedure was first banned in Ireland back in 1861. This means that women who needed to get an abortion had to travel to other locations just to get the potentially life-saving procedure. However, the new referendum allowing the procedure has ended the ban after two centuries.
Women can now ask for an abortion if the pregnancy is life-threatening.
2019 May Be The Hottest Year To Date Due To El Niño And Global Warming
The forecast for 2019 would place it among the five warmest years on record.
After the cool breeze of December, it seems that we’re going to quickly shift into wearing our summer outfit as forecasters warn that 2019 is expected to be one of the hottest years of all time. This is a result of a possible El Niño event worsen by man-made global warming.
Global temperatures have continued to rise, and it appears that it’s not going to drop anytime soon. The past four years have been the hottest on record, and the 20 warmest have occurred in the past 22 years.
Marine Park Trainer in China Puts Lipstick on Beluga Whale, Sparks Outrage
She did it to make the whale look “prettier.”
Being viral is what everybody wants to be, especially for businesses and wanna-be celebrities. People will do even the craziest things just to get famous online. A marine park trainer pulls a stunt possibly to make the park's videos viral, but it earned her so much more.
The park in question is Sun Asia Ocean World in Dalian in North Eastern China. In one of the videos that featured the park's attractions, a female trainer was seen putting on bright red lipstick on a beluga whale's lips.
According to a news report, she did it to make the whale look "prettier."