USA TODAY actually gave space to a terrorist-supporter to write a piece defending the most likely potential airline terrorists – MUSLIMS.
By Ibrahim Hooper
The recent settlement in the case of the six imams, or Islamic religious leaders, who said their rights were violated in 2006 when they were removed from a US Airways flight in Minnesota should not prevent anyone from acting on legitimate security concerns. But reports based solely on anti-Muslim or anti-Arab bias and hysteria should not be used as the basis for a “flying while Muslim” incident.
Absent actual suspicious behavior, merely offering one of the five-daily Islamic prayers in a terminal, speaking Arabic to a fellow passenger, wearing a head scarf, or “looking Muslim” is insufficient justification to detain passengers or remove them from a flight. (So I guess, asking for seat extenders when none of them were fat, down on hands and knees at the gate, shouting ‘Allah Akbar,’ and switching seats as the 9/11 hijackers did isn’t considered suspicious anymore?)
In July, a federal judge agreed that the imams’ actions before the flight did not justify their detention. She noted that the imams were subjected to “extreme fear and humiliation of being falsely identified as dangerous terrorists,” and said “similar behavior by Russian Orthodox priests or Franciscan monks would likely not have elicited this response.”(When was the last you saw a priest or a monk attack on a plane?)
American Muslims are just as concerned about flight safety and security as citizens of other faiths. They and their families take the same flights and are subject to the same risks as other members of the travelling public. (They are not concerned, as they NEVER speak out against the Muslims who put them at risk)
Flight safety should be based on legitimate law enforcement techniques, not on racial or religious profiling. (It ISN’T ‘racial profiling’ you idiot, it is ‘MOST LIKELY TO BE A TERRORIST’ profiling. Since when is Muslim a race?)
Our nation’s civil rights movement has been advancing steadily for decades, despite calls to maintain the status quo or suggestions to curtail the rights of certain citizens. That movement toward justice for all must not be put into reverse because of post-9/11 fears. When anyone’s rights are diminished, all Americans’ rights are threatened.(CRAP. Terrorists have no rights)
America is an increasingly diverse society in terms of race, religion and ethnicity. The best way to react to that increased diversity, and to prevent situations in which stereotypes or bias can create a snowball effect of escalating discrimination, is to learn more about the faith and background of our fellow Americans.(We HAVE learned about Islam, that’s why we need MORE PROFILING of Muslims, not less)
Our nation’s history has been marred by periods in which groups — whether Irish Americans, African Americans, Japanese Americans, or others — were deemed appropriate targets for discrimination. (The difference is, none of those groups living in America ever attacked America. MUSLIMS did)
Thankfully, Americans are capable of looking beyond the prejudices of the moment to see a future of equal treatment for all. (No we are not, we should never treat MUSLIM TERRORISTS as equals. And we don’t know which of them are which means they ALL need to be scrutinzed)
Ibrahim Hooper is national communications director of the UNINDICTED CO-CONSPIRATORS IN TERRORISM CASES AND TERRORIST FRONT GROUP under Congressional Investigation for planting spies Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). USA TODAY
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