Hopefully you have all heard about the six Imams who were removed from a flight due to suspicious behavior. The way the story was disseminated earlier made me believe that the imams all got on a plane after doing some praying and some Islamophobe passed a note to a flight attendant that made her call the cops on the imams. And then the cries of racism started coming from CAIR, and subsequent protests followed.
Well, according to the Washington Times, it looks like the imams may have been doing more than just praying. From the Times story:
Witnesses said three of the imams were praying loudly in the concourse and repeatedly shouted “Allah” when passengers were called for boarding US Airways Flight 300 to Phoenix.
On it own, it’s not frightening. But:
Passengers and flight attendants told law-enforcement officials the imams switched from their assigned seats to a pattern associated with the September 11 terrorist attacks and also found in probes of U.S. security since the attacks — two in the front row first-class, two in the middle of the plane on the exit aisle and two in the rear of the cabin.
“That would alarm me,” said a federal air marshal who asked to remain anonymous. “They now control all of the entry and exit routes to the plane.”
A pilot from another airline said: “That behavior has been identified as a terrorist probe in the airline industry.”
It would alarm me, too. Especially if another pilot is saying that their behavior mimicked the actions of the 9/11 terrorists.
But the imams who were escorted off the flight in handcuffs say they were merely praying before the 6:30 p.m. flight on Nov. 20, and yesterday led a protest by prayer with other religious leaders at the airline’s ticket counter at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, called removing the imams an act of Islamophobia and compared it to racism against blacks.
“It’s a shame that as an African-American and a Muslim I have the double whammy of having to worry about driving while black and flying while Muslim,” Mr. Bray said.
Here’s an eye opener for you, Mr. Bray. If you don’t pray loudly and then rearrange your seats in a suspicious manner, you won’t get thrown off an airplane.
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Texas Democrat, said the September 11 terrorist attacks “cannot be permitted to be used to justify racial profiling, harassment and discrimination of Muslim and Arab Americans.”
And there’s the PC mentality that’s eventually going to get a lot of us killed. Sheila, we’re fighting a global war on terror. And Buddhists, Animists, Hindus, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Wiccans, Atheists and Agnostics around the world are not strapping bombs to themselves to kill as many civilians as possible.
It’s just the Muslims. So if we didn’t have an extra level of scrutiny when dealing with Muslims, especially a group of Muslims acting in a suspicious manner, then we are living in a PC fairyland.
Stopping a black man in a Mercedes just because he’s black is racist. Stopping 6 imams from flying on a plane after they were praying overtly and rearranging their seats is reasonable diligence.
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