Sheikhs on a Plane

Posted by DarthDilbert at 11/25/2006 01:07:00 PM

From WSJ Opinion Journal:

"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," the Associated Press reports from Minneapolis. "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. "We are concerned that crewmembers, passengers and security personnel may have succumbed to fear and prejudice based on stereotyping of Muslims and Islam," Nihad Awad, the council's executive director, said in a news release. The six were returning from a conference in Minneapolis of the North American Imams Federation, said Omar Shahin of Phoenix, president of the group. "Unfortunately, this is a growing problem of singling out Muslims or people perceived to be Muslims at airports, and it's one that we've been addressing for some time," council spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said."

Sheiks on a Plane

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