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Monday, August 21, 2006

Passengers To Muslims: "Get Off The Plane, Mohammed"

Much like Delta Airlines told Zsa Zsa, a group of British airline passengers returning from a holiday demanded that two Muslim men, who were acting suspiciously, be ejected from a flight to Manchester. The passengers offer their reasons here. I can't say that I blame them in this day and age.

Of course Muslim groups are just beside themselves with their head wraps in a knot over this perceived slight. But really, I'm far past feeling guilty for being suspicious of the Muslim demographic. Given that almost every terrorist attack of the last half-century has been committed by young Muslim men (and increasingly by women), coupled with an almost complete lack of stern condemnation from the same groups that get their Kabba Stones in a wad when it's even suggested that a Muslim might be a terrorist, I just don't care what Muslims think anymore. They've used up every ounce of goodwill and benefit of the doubt. Now they have to pay the piper.

A related article: Beware Of A Religion Without Irony
In the presence of Islam, we all feel, you have to tread carefully, as though humoring a dangerous animal. The Koran must never be questioned; Islam must be described as a religion of peace--isn't that the meaning of the word?--and jokes about the prophet are an absolute no-no. If religion comes up in conversation, best to slip quietly away, accompanying your departure with abject apologies for the Crusades. And in Europe this pussyfooting is now being transcribed into law, with "Islamophobia" already a crime in Belgium and movements across the continent to censor everything at which a Muslim might take offence, including articles like this one.

The majority of European Muslims do not approve of terrorism. But there are majorities and majorities. According to a recent poll, a full quarter of British Muslims believe that the bombs of last summer in London were a legitimate response to the "war on terror." Public pronouncements from Muslim leaders treat Islamist terrorism as a lamentable but understandable response to the West's misguided policies. And the blood-curdling utterances of the Wahhabite clergy, when occasionally reported in the press, sit uneasily with the idea of a "religion of peace." All this leads to a certain skepticism among ordinary people, whose "racist" or "xenophobic" prejudices are denounced by the media as the real cause of Muslim disaffection.

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