Islamophobes and Sensitive Muslims
November 28, 2006 § 49 Comments
The remotion of the six imams of recent infamy has caused quite a stir in American media affairs. Originally, prayer was the suggested cause of suspicion, but US Airways spokesperson Andrea Rader claims,
“prayer was never the issue. She said the passenger overheard anti-U.S. statements and the men got up and moved around the airplane.” (L. Miller, AP; Washington Post)
Meanwhile, an interfaith group led by returning Imam Omar Shahin, one of the original six staged a “pray-in” on Monday, November 27. The Imam was joined by Muslims, a Christian Minister and Jewish Rabbi who also performed prayers in the terminal.
I find this interesting because if in fact the action taken by US Airways was prompted by anti-American discourse then the religious leader’s efforts were worth very little, especially if they were not travelling by getting on an actual US Airway flight. It would be more helpful to discuss what was said, and what of that discussion is considered anti-American. I think the real story lies in that discussion and what was overheard and unless this becomes part of the story it is just a pony-show for more Islamophobes and sensitive Muslims.