« Mowergate? | Main | Postponing The Immaterial »
The fallout from the US Air decision to bar six Muslims from a flight last week continues. Now local Muslims want Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport to provide them with a room for their prayers in order to keep other passengers from seeing them as a security threat. MSP officials might agree to a non-denominational "meditation space" as a compromise:
Area Muslim religious leaders have asked for a prayer room at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after six Muslim leaders were escorted off a plane last week because of security concerns.
The local imams, who prayed on the mezzanine level before meeting with airport officials Friday afternoon, said a prayer room is essential because of the need to pray several times a day. The act itself is nonintrusive, they said.
"We as Muslims, we are part of this country," said Abdulrehman Hersi, a Minneapolis imam. "You have to pray wherever you are. Our prayer ... we believe that we talk to our lord. It does not make harm to anyone."
Airport director Steve Wareham said it would be possible to accommodate their needs, possibly in the form of a "meditation room" like those available at other airports. Such a room would be interfaith, he said.
This is another attempt to obfuscate the events that occured in Minneapolis last week and to paint the incident as bigotry run amuck. The passengers and flight crew did not remove the imams for merely offering sunset prayers, as implied in this statement. They carried on loud political conversations about their opposition to the war on terror, they took seats which were not assigned to them, they interfered with boarding of other passengers, and they requested seatbelt extensions for their supposed girth. I outweigh all of these men, and I've never had a problem using a standard belt.
Now they want to continue their victim act by demanding that the airport commission grant them their own secluded space for the practice of their religion. Bunk. All travelers have the same accommodations in airports, regardless of religion or race, and that's the way it should stay. Catholics and Jews and Hindus and Buddhists have prayed in MSP over the years and suffered no problems for it, and I daresay so have Muslims before these acts of deliberate provocation.
I pray every time I get on a plane, and usually at least once during the flight. I somehow manage to constrain myself to praying silently and doing a sign of the Cross. I don't insist on being disruptive, calling attention to myself, or conducting deliberate provocations. I don't get out of my seat during the boarding process to confer with other Catholics about the war on terror. Given the nature of my prayers, I don't loudly pray to Jesus that he keep the plane from crashing in the gate area of the airport.
If I did those things, I would also expect the airport to set aside a special room for me. It would be called a holding cell, and I'd deserve it. Maybe the local Muslims ought to consider that when they make this request.Sphere It View blog reactions
TrackBack URL for this entry is
Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Muslims Want Prayer Room At Minneapolis Airport:
» Back to the Six Imams on the Plane from GINA COBB
Were the six imams who cried discrimination! when they were removed from a US Air flight on November 20th trying to create a reaction in order to weaken airline security? Pajamas Media calls them the faking imams and has new details supporting the theo... [Read More]
Tracked on December 2, 2006 11:02 AM
» Poor innocent mistweated widdle flying imams -- Update from Bill's Bites
Please see my previous related posts here, here, here and here.The flying imams: What didn't happenScott Johnson Audrey Hudson follows up her two Washington Times stories on the flying imams with an interview of ringleader Omar Shahin: Imam disputes ties [Read More]
Tracked on December 2, 2006 12:39 PM
» 7 Signs of Terror Activity--#6 is Dry Runs from Wake up America
There is a file showing the 7 signs to watch for terror activity, it is a word file and everyone should read it. Please note #6 listed below which deals directly with "dry runs". [Read More]
Tracked on December 2, 2006 1:06 PM
» Imams Incite a Direct Flight to Court from Mensa Barbie Welcomes You
How realistic is it for anyone to expect Americans to forget the need to maintain high-level Airport security; as we face on-going threats of attack, and while mending after 9-11? But wait... It appears that they had a particular agenda! [Read More]
Tracked on December 3, 2006 3:40 AM
My Other Blog!
Comment Moderation Policy - Please Read!
Skin The Site
Des Moines Register
International Herald Tribune
The Weekly Standard
The New Republic
AP News (Yahoo! Headlines)
Guardian Unlimited (UK)
New York Times
Los Angeles Times
- dave on Another National Health Care System Horror Story
- brooklyn on Hillary Not Hsu Happy
- rbj on Hillary Not Hsu Happy
- Robin S on Requiem For A Betrayed Hero
- Ken on Hillary Not Hsu Happy
- Robin S. on Requiem For A Betrayed Hero
- RBMN on Hillary Not Hsu Happy
- NoDonkey on Another National Health Care System Horror Story
- Robin Munn on Fred Thompson Interview Transcript
- filistro on When Exactly Did Art Die?
Proud Ex-Pat Member of the Bear Flag League!