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March 21, 2007

Moderate Muslim Leader Speaks Out: 'He'll Defend Airline Passengers Sued By Flying Imams - At No Cost

Six imams are suing the U.S. Airways, Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission, and the unnamed "John Does" to be named later, for discrimination, saying they were removed from the flight for praying in the airport. It's important to remember that the imams exhibited behavior associated with a security probe by terrorists, apparently purposefully, and were not merely engaged in prayers:

(Don't be fooled by the flying imams - it's not about prayer, it's about their agenda.)

The Washington Times reports that lawyers and a Muslim group say they will defend at no cost airline passengers caught up in a lawsuit between those, now infamous, flying imams (supported and encouraged by CAIR) and U.S. Airways, if the passengers are named as "John Does" and sued for reporting the suspicious behavior that got the Muslim clerics booted off a U.S. Airways flight in November. Only a month later when CAIR began encouraging American Muslims making a religious pilgrimage to Mecca to file civil rights complaints if they feel discriminated against by airlines, M. Zuhdi Jasser, a Phoenix physician and chairman of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), said the announcement by CAIR "continues the tired stoking of the flames of victimization," for which CAIR has attempted to make an art form (my words not Jasser's). As Jasser also said at the time:

"They (the imams and CAIR) are unfortunately exploiting, for purely political reasons, what should be a sacred and purely spiritual story of our faith's annual holy pilgrimage to Mecca," ...

... "We need new leadership and organizations which use their passions and the bandwidth of the media to lead the ideological fight against radical and political Islam rather than this tired pre-emption of supposed discrimination."

Now Jasser and the truly moderate American Islamic Forum for Democracyis putting his money where his mouth is and has stepped forward with a pledge to raise money for whatever "Does" get named in the suit (see the video at Hot Air).

As Gerry Nolting is quoted at The Washington Times, whose Minnesota law firm Faegre & Benson LLP is also offering to represent passengers for free, CAIR and the flying imams are using the judicial system "for intimidation purposes," and that it is "just flat wrong and needs to be strongly, strongly discouraged." Especially when as a matter of public policy, the FAA tells traveling passengers to report suspicious behavior as part of its homeland security program," and surely, if not blatantly and purposefully alarming, it was at the very least, "suspicious" Clearly, the lawsuit is, as another Minnesota lawyer says, is "a very overt attempt to intimidate people" and "coerce them into silence."

The truth is that for CAIR and the flying imams it's all about their radical Islamist agenda, it has nothing to do with prayer. In America it's legal to pray in public, but when, where, and how you pray can make a load of difference.

Readers will find additional commentary at Hot Air and Junkyard Blog.

How The 'Praying Imams' Terrorized US Airways Flight 300 To Phoenix.
The Not-So-Moderate Muslim Brotherhood
Our Government's Dangerous Partnering With the Wrong Muslims
This Isn't Prejudice
Why Are American Muslims Not Enlisting in Our Military?
The Imam and the Democrats

Cross posted by Hyscience

Posted by Richard at March 21, 2007 1:35 PM

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