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Dem Rep. Ilhan Omar Declared Winner Of Minnesota Primary

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has been declared the winner of Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District seat.

Omar, a member of the socialist “Squad,” barely defeated former Minneapolis City Council member Don Samuels, who made rising crime an issue in the race.

Samuels played a crucial role earlier this year in defeating a ballot question that sought to replace the city police department with a new public safety unit.

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Last month, Omar was viciously booed at a concert in front of what appeared to be a predominantly Somali crowd.

During the Suldaan Seeraar concert at the Target Center, Omar was booed for almost a minute straight, with some in the crowd telling her to “go home” and “get the f*** out of here.”

When Omar was introduced on stage with her husband, the crowd began to boo loudly.

Some people on stage can be heard in the video telling the audience, “don’t do this,” as they continued to boo Omar.

“Okay, okay, okay, okay, okay, we don’t have all night,” Omar said as the crowd kept booing.

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Omar also made headlines when she claimed that religious freedom in America was “dead” after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a case involving a former Seattle-area football coach who was fired from his job because he refused to stop praying on the field with players.

“The Supreme Court just ruled that public school teachers can pressure students to join in prayer at public school events but can also retaliate against those that don’t join in,” Omar tweeted. “Religious freedom is dead in America.”

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The nation’s highest court has sided with the high school football coach in the crucial First Amendment case.

When the school district learned that Kennedy was praying with the team, they told him that he could pray separately from the students. Kennedy declined to change his practice, was put on paid leave, and then filed a lawsuit.

Last year, lower courts sided with the school district. The case went before the Supreme Court in April and the decision is being closely watched by many.

During oral arguments two months ago, the Supreme Court’s conservative justices seemed sympathetic to Kennedy.

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The Washington Post reported:

Questions from the court’s conservatives indicated they believe the school district has misread the court’s precedents regarding government endorsement of religion and perhaps was hostile to such demonstrations.

Justice Clarence Thomas questioned whether Kennedy would have been disciplined if he had taken a knee during the national anthem to protest racism. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. questioned Katskee, legal director at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, about other political activism.

Suppose “when Coach Kennedy went out to the center of the field … all he did was to wave a Ukrainian flag. Would you have fired him?” Alito asked.

Katskee said the school district could discipline a coach for such actions because it “doesn’t want its event taken over for political speech.”

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“Where is the school district rule that says that?” Alito demanded.

“No teacher or coach should lose their job for simply expressing their faith while in public,” Kelly Shackelford, president, and CEO of First Liberty, who is representing the case, said in a statement.

“By taking this important case, the Supreme Court can protect the right of every American to engage in private religious expression, including praying in public, without fear of punishment,” he added.

“Paul Clement, former U.S. Solicitor General, partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and First Liberty volunteer attorney, said, ‘We look forward to presenting the Coach’s case, which goes to the heart of the First Amendment, to the Justices,'” the Daily Wire reported. “Joe Kennedy’s case, now six years after the events, has led to renewed optimism by the coach who still desires to return to the football sidelines.”

“Six years away from the football field has been far too long. I am extremely grateful that the Supreme Court is going to hear my case and pray that I will soon be able to be back on the field coaching the game and players I love,” Kennedy said in the statement.

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