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Should we reconsider who we are removing from airplanes?

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A pilot for a Delta Airlines connection carrier had two prominent Muslim leaders removed from a flight last week because he felt they were making the other passengers uncomfortable.

Coincidentally, the imams were on their way to a conference about Islamaphobia in North Carolina. Masudur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghloul, both dressed in traditional Islamic clothing, had already passed multiple security checks before boarding the plane.

The pilot taxied the plane to the runway but then returned to the gate. The imams got off the plane, complied with additional security screenings but still the pilot refused to let them back on the plane.

Rahman, a professor at the University of Memphis, likened their situation to that of Rosa Parks during the civil rights movement. He told reporters, “That history I found today in that plane, and it shouldn’t happen with any other person.”

Parks was, at the very least, allowed to sit on the bus, whereas these imams were not even afforded that dignity. Few people today would say she should have moved to the back of the bus to make people more comfortable, but many people argue they are justified in feeling uncomfortable sharing a plane with TSA security-cleared Muslims.

So should those who are comfortable or uncomfortable be removed from the plane?

3 Comments

  1. Anonymous May 12, 2011

    Let’s compare two people. I will replace Rosa Parks with MLK.
    Martin-Luther King
    Devout ChristianAdvocated protests via peaceful meansDemonstrated with love in his heartdespised violence and terrorismAdvocated for all unfortunate including whites.Never resisted when arrestedAlways turned the other cheek
    Malcolm X
    Devout muslimAdvocated protests by promoting violenceDemonstrated with hate in his heartPromoted violence and terrorismNot sure who he advocated forNot sure if he was ever arrestedAlways sought revenge

  2. Anonymous May 12, 2011

    As a black man I am disgusted beyond words that they have the audacity to compare themselves to Rosa Parks!!! I also loathe the fact that many black people cling to Islam even though Mohammed called us raisin heads, and the fact that Muslims were enslaving black Africans centuries before the Europeans, but turn around and say Christianity is a white mans religion. Rosa Parks and many others peacefully protested injustices, unlike Muslims who are as good at peacefully protesting as an ape is at Trigonometry.

  3. Anonymous May 12, 2011

    These Islamic thugs comparing themselves to Rosa Parks makes me furious.
    The contrast between African-Americans and these imported Islamic Imams cannot be sharper.
    African-Americans suffered 252 years of brutal, institutionalized, slavery, and when Rosa Parks, a descendant of slaves, demanded basic human dignity, the right-minded Americans applauded her.
    These rotund Islamic clerics are given visas to come to the U.S. so that they can exhort the Muslim masses in America to be in a state of constant warfare (as written in Koran) with the Infidels, and we are asked to venerate them as we do Rosa Parks!
    As for Southwest Airlines kicking them off a flight, it was in accordance with the laws of the land: the flight crew has the final word on whom to accept as passengers.
    What galls me is that Muslims demand special treatment in America, but in Islamic countries, a no-Muslim is always a second-class citizen.

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