22 November 2006

Six Imams Whine Over Being Removed From Flight

Muslims tick me off. End of story. There, now my bias is out in the open. Of course, big parts of that irritation stem from the repeated terror attacks in the name of Islam, calls for violence against my culture and country, and the incessant whining over "intolerant" Westerners victimizing the poor, little Muslims through stereotyping. Cry me a river, Omar, because I really don't care. Look at the violence in the Middle East and the violence perpetrated by Muslims worldwide; maybe there is a reason for that stereotype.

So, with that said, the latest crisis that CAIR feels should warrant an investigation into our intolerance was the recent removal of six imams from a US Airways flight.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations called Tuesday for an investigation into the behavior of airline staff and airport security in the removal of six Muslim scholars from a US Airways flight a day earlier.

A passenger raised concerns about the imams three of whom said their normal evening prayers in the airport terminal before boarding the Phoenix-bound plane, according to one through a note passed to a flight attendant, according to Andrea Rader, a spokeswoman for US Airways.
CAIR wants "an investigation into the behavior of airline staff and airport security" because they acted on a concern relayed to them via a note passed on to a flight attendant from another passenger. Does CAIR believed that airline staff and airport security should not have acted on such a concern? If the passenger's concern turns into an issue during the flight, then the airline and the airport will need to turn around and answer why they did not act on that concern prior to the flight. If that is a problem for you, Omar, then drive a flippin' car.

And then there was this line from Omar Shahin, president of the North American Imams Federation and one of the six imams who was removed from the flight.
Shahin said they went as far as notifying police and the FBI about their meeting in advance.
Hey, Omar, why would you notify the police and the FBI about your little convention in advance if there is nothing tying Islam to violence or other problems? It seems that Shahin is well aware of the greater scrutiny in this country to those tied to a religion that has also been tied to terrorism, he just hopes to get some mileage and victim status out of situations when the actions of a few Muslims raise concerns.

Omar then goes on to say this.
Shahin expressed frustration that despite extensive efforts by him and other Muslim leaders since even before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks so many Americans know so little about Islam.

"If up to now they don't know about prayers, this is a real problem," he said.
What? Is that self-absorbed Muslim really trying to tell me that the true problem lies with the greater population of the U.S. not understanding them? Choke a pork chop, Omar. If we still associate your religion with terrorism, I'd say that the real problem is that you have not been able to stop the violence being carried out by fellow Muslims in the name of your religion, and also your inability to present a decent image of Islam. Don't blame us for your inadequacies.

If Shahin really wanted to avoid shining a light on the problems with Islam, he may want to avoid the press play that he and CAIR are performing for the media. When they complain about being discriminated against, especially where aircraft are involved, it reminds many people of the morning of September 11th, and that causes many Americans to remember just who it was on those aircraft who were murdering thousands of our own. You're exacerbating the problem, Omar.

Besides, it wasn't just those six imams who were inconvenienced. Everyone else on that flight was delayed and put through a big run-around.
The other passengers on the flight, which was carrying 141 passengers and five crew members, were re-screened for boarding, Rader said. The plane took off about three hours after the men were removed.
Next time, Omar, before you get on your high-horse, you may want to consider that people get yanked from flights all the time for issues that are not related to Islam. People get removed for having too much to drink, for being too ornery with the staff, and even for breast-feeding. Get over yourself, Omar.

Oh, and fly US Airways. They, regardless of political correctness, will listen to the concerns of their passengers.


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