Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar faced backlash on Wednesday after she misspelled the name of a book of the Bible while attempting to criticize Senator Marco Rubio.
Ilhan Omar was slammed on Wednesday after she misspelled the Gospel of Matthew and was accused of misinterpreting a Bible verse while attempting to school Senator Marco Rubio on his Christian faith.
The Muslim congresswoman had hit out in a tweet to Rubio, calling him a 'disgrace' and 'shameful', after he criticized a video of a sermon delivered by Democratic Georgia Senate candidate Raphael Warnock.
In the sermon, Warnock, who is a pastor, appeared to claim that a person can not serve God and the military as he quoted a Bible verse from the Gospel of Matthew.
Rubio claimed that Warnock's words were an example of how the Democratic Party is run by 'radicals'.
In response to Rubio's criticism, Omar attempted to cast the Florida senator as a hypocrite by quoting the Gospel of Matthew, but misspelled Matthew and misunderstood the meaning of the verse she used, some claimed.
The point here is that as a Muslim I know that @ReverendWarnock is quoting scripture in his sermon here, so I am sure Rubio does too, but he is willing to lie and make mockery of himself.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 18, 2020
'Mathews 6:24,' she wrote, alongside an embarrassed face emoji, appearing to imply that Rubio should be embarrassed a Muslim had a greater understanding of Christian scripture than he does.
'' No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and dmoney [sic]. '
'The lies and smears of the GOP have no boundaries, but this is a disgrace and shameful.
'The point here is that as a Muslim I know that @ReverendWarnock is quoting scripture in his sermon here, so I am sure Rubio does too, but he is willing to lie and make mockery of himself,' she added in a follow-up tweet.
Not shocked #Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock said “You cannot serve God and the military” at the same time. These & even crazier things is what the radicals who control the Democratic party’s activist & small dollar donor base believepic.twitter.com/bQyBuKLwjb— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 18, 2020
Social media users quickly jumped on the congresswoman's mistakes and accused her of being a hypocrite instead for allegedly interpreting the Bible verse incorrectly.
Some went so far as to encourage the Minnesota congresswoman to read the Bible more.
'You and candidate Warnock are both taking this passage out of context to try and score political points. These verses are about money and possessions. You should spend a bit more time reading the Bible, Congresswoman, 'wrote Twitter user Allen Spencer.
'Now it's convenient to quote from Mathews but you were critical of Muslims even wishing or celebrating Christmas. This is political expediency not honesty, 'another user Anila Ali hit out.
'Bible expert Ilhan Omar quotes the book of' Mathews 'Also, she has no idea what she is talking about and she's wrong,' said Ryan Saavedra.
One member of the National Republican Senatorial Committee even claimed that Omar should engage more in the Georgia Senate run-off race as she was helping their party instead of her own.
You should engage more in this race!' quipped Matt Whitlock.
Others simply joked at Omar's misspellings.
'Just the one Mathew, really,' wrote user Lady Stevie.
Another mocked her stating 'I love Ross Mathews! I didn't know he had a book though...', referencing the TV personality.
''Mathews' hahahaahhahahahahahahhahahahahah. Ilhan Omar: expert on the Bible,' slammed Caleb Hull.
'Who tf is 'dmoney'', added Logan Hall of another one of Omar's typos.
'First word of the tweet and she misspells the first book of the New Testament as 'Matthews', added Students for Trump while user Noam Blum wrote 'The Book of Chris Matthews', referring to the MSNBC host.
Omar, 38, had been responding to Rubio after he shared a video of one of Warnock's sermons and accused the Democratic Party of being controlled by 'radicals'.
'Not shocked #Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock said 'You cannot serve God and the military' at the same time,' Rubio said.
'These & even crazier things is what the radicals who control the Democratic party's activist & small dollar donor base believe.'
In her response, Omar had attempted to quite from Matthew 6:24, which reads in full: 'No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.'
In the verse, Mammon refers to an idol representing materialism or concern for wealth and it is generally interpreted as a warning against worshipping something other than God.
In the clip, however, Warnock appears to compare Mammon with the military.
'America, nobody can serve God and the military,' Warnock says in the sermon.
'You can't serve God and money. You cannot serve God and mammon at the same time. America, choose ye this day who you will serve. Choose ye this day.'