Obama has made history a number of times during his Presidency, but never for anything we’d like. He’s set history for being the weakest President on terrorism, having the slowest economic recovery, setting back race relations two decades, releasing the most amount of prisoners (many of which later returned to the battlefield) from Guantanamo Bay, and countless others.
Today, he’s made history yet again: by nominating the first Muslim Federal judge who supports Sharia law. The Independent Journal Review reported that:
The president nominated Abid Riaz Qureshi to become a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
“I am pleased to nominate Mr. Qureshi to serve on the United States District Court bench,” said President Obama. “I am confident he will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.”
As The Washington Examiner reported, Qureshi is the first Muslim nominated to become a federal judge.
The Huffington Post acknowledged the nomination is unlikely to go any further, but lauded it for its “symbolic value”:
But the nomination carries a symbolic value: It lands in the midst of a chaotic presidential campaign in which GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has said that a Muslim federal judge wouldn’t treat him fairly because of his calls for banning Muslims from entering the country. Trump made similarly bigoted charges that a Latino federal judge would be biased against him because he has advocated for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Muslim advocacy groups likewise heralded the nomination.
Congressional Republicans have refused to hold a hearing for Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, who was nominated in March, so the same is likely to happen with this nominee. If Hillary Clinton is elected, it’s likely that Congressional Republicans would opt to nominate Garland, since he’s a relatively moderate pick (at least compared to someone that Hillary would nominate).
An advocacy group called Muslim Advocates is applauding the nomination, saying that diversity helps ensure the fair administration of the law, and it is vital for Muslims to be included. Other groups praised Obama’s efforts to bring diversity to the federal judiciary, noting he has appointed 120 minority federal judges and 138 female federal judges.
What do you all think? Should we be appointing our Federal judges based on some arbitrary factor like what demographics they belong to, or how qualified they are? I think the answer is pretty obvious (except to liberals, apparently).