On May 14, the Loudoun Times-Mirror published an Associated Press-produced story with this headline: “Del. Samirah says his Muslim faith attacked at first town hall.” Since I am the woman who asked him a question he deemed offensive, and which he flagrantly misquoted, I would like the opportunity to respond.
The question I asked Del. Samirah was this: “I’m wondering what would be the most accommodating way of introducing Sharia Law in the Commonwealth of Virginia? Should it start in the family court system, or some other venue?” I cited the family court system because that is where numerous Sharia adherents and sympathizers have attempted to get Sharia law recognized and enforced in the United States.
But Del. Samirah, when contacting media, said I asked this question, "How do you plan to implement Sharia Law in Virginia?” There is video of the Herndon Town Hall meeting, so you can hear my question for yourself and know that Del. Samirah misquoted me.
Given Ibraheem Samirah’s anti-Semitic statements on social media, his college activism with Students for Justice in Palestine, and his and his father’s association with organizations that have historical ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and funding Hamas, I thought it was appropriate to gauge his commitment to Sharia Law.
My question was a legal question, but Del. Samirah spun it into a religious one when he attempted to respond. I had carefully scripted my question to give him considerable latitude in how he would respond. He never answered my question, but rather chose to accuse me of maligning his religion.
After the town hall ended, I went up to Del. Samirah, shook his hand and said I meant no disrespect with my question, which I considered a legitimate one given his background. He scolded me and said, “No one should ask about someone’s religion.” So it seems no one should ask about Sharia. I don’t agree.