[August 15, 2019] I’ve written a great many articles on moral courage and have highlighted a number of men and women who show what courage means. What I have not done is write about a beauty queen. Today, my blog post is about Miss Iraq Sarah Idan.1 She earns my respect for posting a picture of her with Miss Israel and then refusing to back down.
It is common knowledge that the leadership of Muslim countries does not tolerate Jews, especially if they are from Israel. This applies to Iraq, which can be considered moderate. The posting of Miss Iraq’s photo with Miss Israel set off a storm of outrage forcing her and her family to flee the country. Iraq has also threatened to cancel her citizenship.
To make my point here about her moral courage, Sarah Idan (now living in California) has gotten into a social media dustup with U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar. Rep. Ilhan Omar is a well-known anti-Semitic who has made a name for herself as part of the “squad” in the U.S. Congress by calling the President racist. On Twitter, Sarah Idan is calling Ilhan Omar anti-American and anti-Semitic.
Well, you would think the world is coming to an end when Rep. Omar saw that tweet. You can read more about the social media back and forth between these two women (see link here). Omar has claimed that she speaks for all Muslims in the U.S. and abroad. Miss Iraq is calling her out on it and saying explicitly that Omar does not speak for her.
What we see here is something that represents a bigger issue than a twitter war between two young women. Those of us in most of the world is unaware that there is a major struggle going on between radical, political opportunists like Ilhan Omar (who support Islamic terrorism along with those who support them) and responsible Muslims like Sarah Idan.
Sarah Idan has also called out the government leadership of Iraq for oppressing its people. Iraq is a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council and thus responsible for the “promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.” Miss Iraq finds this ironic.
Miss Iraq Sarah Idan is a great example of someone who has the moral courage to stand up to evil. She is very impressive.
1. Miss Iraq Sarah Idan’s twitter page can be found here: https://twitter.com/RealSarahIdan. I highly recommend reading her posts.