According to designated terrorist group CAIR, a Michigan Muslim man alleges he was kicked off a Greyhound bus last summer for talking on his phone in Arabic. The Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan chapter has filed a complaint with the state Department of Civil Rights claiming the company discriminated against Abrahaim Mohamed.
Detroit News The 23-year-old, who bought a ticket June 26 to travel from Detroit to Akron, Ohio, to visit relatives, was barred from returning to his seat after a brief stop in Toledo, CAIR-MI staff attorney Amy Doukoure said. The driver told Mohamed “he was not allowed to re-enter because she had heard him speaking Arabic on his cell phone,” according to the complaint.
(This was Michigan with one of the largest Arabic-speaking populations in America. Is it possible that the driver was also an Arabic speaker and heard something that the passenger said which could be deemed a threat to the safety of the other passengers?)
Mohamed asserts that several other passengers also were using their phones but allowed to continue their trip. He also claims Greyhound staff at the Toledo station “told him that it was in fact not the policy … to remove people from the bus simply for speaking on their phone,” the complaint stated. (Well, then, it must have been what he said on the phone, not just that he was speaking in Arabic on the phone)
Though Mohamed bought another ticket for a later bus and had a voucher, he still faced “substantial embarrassment, inconvenience and delay,” the attorney said.
“Companies like Greyhound that provide a service open to the public have a duty to ensure that all of their customers are safe from racism and anti-Muslim bigotry at the hands of their employees,” Doukoure said. “American Muslims should feel free to go about their day-to-day lives without having to worry that they will be discriminated against simply for speaking to their loved ones in a language other than English.
CAIR-MI officials said they contacted the company to discuss the matter but received no response, prompting the civil rights complaint.