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Monday, May 16, 2022
CNS Obsesses Over Pelosi's Annual Noting of Ramadan

There's a lot of stuff doesn't cover -- especially if it makes conservatives look bad -- but one thing it has oddly done has cranked articles on Nancy Pelosi's statement marking the month of Ramadan nearly every year since 2017. And even more oddly, all of those articles were written anonymously so we can't see which CNS staffer is so obsessed by this.

From a May 2017 article:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) released a statement on Friday in observance of ‘the Holy Month of Ramadan.”

“Ramadan reminds us of the rich diversity of our nation, and of the many contributions that Muslims have made to our country as public servants, members of our Armed Services, scholars, artists, athletes and engaged citizens,” Pelosi said.

From a May 2018 article:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) issued a statement on Tuesday in observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

“Ramadan offers all Americans an opportunity to honor the remarkable contributions that Muslim Americans make to our nation,” she said. “In every corner of the country, this beautiful heritage enriches our nation and reminds us all that in diversity there is strength.”

CNS inexplicably skipped the 2019 letter, but our anonymous writer was back to complain that a 2020 letter included Ramadan with references to Easter and Passover:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) sent out a “Dear Colleague” letter yesterday to her fellow members in the U.S. House of Representatives telling them to have a Happy Easter, Passover and Ramadan.

“May the glory and challenge of this Holy Season be a source of hope and a time of reflection and renewal for us all,” Pelosi wrote.

“May our respect, gratitude and especially our support be a source of strength to our heroes – our health care, police and fire, food, postal and other essential workers,” she said.

“May God Bless America! Happy Easter, Passover and Ramadan!” she said.

An April 2021 article served up more grousing:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) put out a statement on Monday in honor of the beginning of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month that is marked by fasting from sunrise to sunset.

“During the Holy Month of Ramadan, Muslim families around the world celebrate their faith by engaging in the sacred process of self-reflection and spiritual renewal,” said Pelosi.

“After the darkness and difficulty of the past year, this special season offers the promise of hope that better times are within reach,” she said.

“Our vibrant, diverse Muslim communities are essential to the American fabric,” said Pelosi.

An April 4 article marked this year's Ramadan grumbling:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) put out a statement on Friday welcoming the start of the month of Ramadan and paying tribute to America’s Muslim community.

“For generations, America’s large and diverse Muslim communities have been essential to our nation’s success: whether serving on the frontlines of the pandemic, advancing the fight against injustice in our communities or enriching our cultural tapestry,” Pelosi said.

This was followed by an April 11 article -- also anonymously written -- under the headline "Pelosi Sends ‘Dear Colleague Letter:’ ‘As We…Continue to Celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan’":

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to fellow House Democrats on Friday noting that they were entering “the season of Easter and Passover” and continuing “to celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan”

“As we enter the season of Easter and Passover and continue to celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan, we reflect on two reproductive weeks in the People’s House,” Pelosi said.

The fact that CNS put Ramadan in the headline means it's complaining about Pelosi putting it on a equal footing with Easter and Passover. Plus,both of these articles are illustrated with photos of Pelosi with Rep. Ilhan Omar, whom CNS hates for being a liberal Muslim.

And that's really the reason CNS studiously devoted nonprofit resources over a period of several years to documenting all these letters -- it's Islamophobic, it doesn't understand why other people don't hate Muslims as much as it does, and it's dog-whistling to its right-wing, Muslim-hating audience.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:09 PM EDT

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