I’m sure most readers will recall the incident where passengers on a US Airways plane identified 6 Muslim imams as exhibiting “suspicious behavior” causing the airlines to hold the imams for questioning upon their arrival in Minneapolis, Minnesota last November. See story here.
Due to this incident the Muslim imams filed a lawsuit against US Airways and “John Does” passengers in which among other issues they demanded the passengers who had reported them be identified.
The Democrats have been hyping the incident and the lawsuit as evidence of American Muslims accusations of Islamophobia.
Thursday Republican Representative Peter T. King, (New York) ranking Republican member on the House Homeland Security Committee offered the motion that all Americans including airline passengers must be protected against lawsuits if they are to be encouraged to report suspicious behavior and possibly prevent a terrorists attack such as the one on the World Trade Centers September 11, 2001.
One would think this was a no-brainer, but surprisingly there was heated debate and several calls for order before the a procedural vote was taken requiring the Democrat’s Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2007 be sent back to committee with instructions to add the protective language. The vote passed 304 to 121. One wonders what the 121 were thinking!
Muslim Americans have been using our laws to gain concessions for their cultural and religious beliefs and restrictions. Here in North Carolina there have been two incidents : 1) a female Muslim demanded that she be allowed to cover her face for the picture on her driver’s license. She lost that case. However the irony in the whole affair is that in her native country she would be prohibited from driving let alone having a driver’s license face covered or not!
2) We had the case where a Muslim American wanted to use the Koran upon which to swear his oath in a court of law. His argument was that swearing on the Christian Bible was meaningless to him since he did not believe the Bible was the word of God. That case was laid to rest when it was wisely conceded that the person should be allowed to swear to tell the truth on any book that represented the word of God to him/her.
In another case: a Muslim woman is suing Judge Paul Paruk who in a Detroit Small Claims Court District 31 dismissed her case because she insisted on testifying in her own behalf while wearing what she called a “veil”, but which was in fact a full body covering called a niqub. A niqab is just one step away from the infamous burqa which obscures the eyes as well.
Her suit claims that her religious rights were violated. While the Koran does not specifically require that women wear a covering over their face, many do as a sign of piety and modesty.
In the meantime the Detroit News didn’t seem to have a clue from their headlines which read, “Muslim sues judge who barred veil” “Woman claims her religious rights were violated when asked to remove head scarf.” Paul Egan / The Detroit News March 29, 2007. "Veil"? "Headscarf"?
The hearing in this case is set for April 18 where the woman’s lawyer is asking another judge to order a stay in the case and to require that Judge Paul Paruk recluse himself from the hearing. Let us all hope the second Judge is as wise as the first.
Interestingly, this story was also aired on the blog site “Little Green Footballs” where there were at my last count 213 comments most in favor of allowing the lady, if there was indeed a lady under the “veil”? to remove herself to a country where she would be not be permitted by law to testify in any court let alone bring a suit against someone.
It has been said that the Muslims claim that if they can not defeat us from without then they will do so from within. They are using our laws against us. Or, perhaps I should be more hopeful and say they are TRYING to use our laws against us.
I am not hopeful however when we the majority of Americans have had our lives and our beliefs and our desires denied because of a handful of people who disagree with us. Atheists and other individuals have had prayer removed from our schools, the ten commandments upon which our laws are based removed from our court house steps and schools, nativity scenes removed from public parks, and the list goes on. Some say our bill of rights was written to protect the minority from the majority. What then will protect the majority from the minority?
Will we never learn?