Christine Lutz says she was reading her Bible to her children when the bus driver asked her to stop or get off the bus.Well, Christine, maybe you should look to the religion of peace for some pointers on how to proceed. A few Muslims were praying loudly here in Minnesota a year ago before they were also removed from a form of mass transportation.
Lutz, a Seventh Day Adventist, and her children were on their way to church.
Lutz claims the driver told her it wasn't the time or place to read the bible. "I said, 'Oh, but it's the perfect time and the perfect place since it is our Sabbath and it is the time with the Lord and therefore I'm going to continue.' And I continued," Lutz said.
A supervisor came aboard the bus. Lutz also told him that she would not stop reading. She and her family were escorted off the bus.
"They took us off the plane, humiliated us in a very disrespectful way," said Omar Shahin, of Phoenix.So, a mother on her way to church with her children is kicked off of a bus because she would not stop reading the Bible to them. That, according to Fort Worth's public transit, is just a case of policy.
The six Muslim scholars were returning from a conference in Minneapolis of the North American Imams Federation, said Shahin, president of the group. Five of them were from the Phoenix-Tempe area, while one was from Bakersfield, Calif., he said.
Three of them stood and said their normal evening prayers together on the plane, as 1.7 billion Muslims around the world do every day, Shahin said. He attributed any concerns by passengers or crew to ignorance about Islam.
Six Muslims, on the other hand, are praying loudly before boarding a flight out of Minneapolis, they get on the aircraft and take seat positions similar to the 9/11 terrorists, some ask for seat belt extenders, and they have conversations in Arabic that raise concern amongst some passengers. That, according to the suing imams, is due to "ignorance about Islam."
We'll see where this one goes, but I wouldn't hold my breath that Lutz gets more than a one-way bus pass, whereas the imams have a good chance of getting a large settlement in their lawsuit.
Odd, isn't it, that the follower of the religion that hasn't killed thousands in a single terror attack in the past six-plus years is the one that is least likely to be treated with any semblance of tolerance?
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