One of the six Muslim scholars taken off a plane in Minneapolis is calling for a boycott of US Airways. Fantastic for the airline’s bottom line. Their unofficial slogan could be “Fly Us, Muslims Won’t.” I mean, ask yourself which are there more of in this country: Muslims or people uncomfortable riding on airplanes with Muslims?
Eyewitness accounts are muddled, as eyewitness accounts always are. Some said they made anti-US remarks in the waiting area and a gate agent heard them pray loudly at the gate before boarding. Their seats were spread out in the front, middle and rear of the plane and they walked back and forth between them, talking loudly. Possibly mentioning Allah a lot. They asked for seatbelt extensions they didn’t appear to need.
It’s probably not all true. But I have questions. One of the imams admitted that three of them had “quietly” prayed the traditional evening prayers at the gate. Why didn’t the other three? Is it totally optional? And if so, why not opt out, considering the circumstances?
And, if they were being so very low key, why did anyone notice them at all, let alone pick up that they were Muslim? Different people were startled by them at different stages of the journey. There are lots and lots of different kinds of brown people in the world and, in our hemisphere, most of them are Catholic.
I call bullshit. This smells like the CAIR equivalent of chaining yourself to something and hoping to get arrested. Speaking of whom, Sweetness & Light reports the meeting these six were leaving managed to raise $620,000 for CAIR.
Isn’t that swell?