Imams’ airline case: Clash of rights, prejudice, security

Christian Science Monitor
by Alexandra Marks

04/30/07

In this age of global terrorism, some cherished American values — like the right to pray, and say what you think — are clashing in unprecedented ways. Take the controversy over six imams who were removed from a US Airways flight last October, and their recent decision to sue for discrimination — not just the airline and its employees, but also some passengers who complained about their preflight behavior. At the heart of the controversy are Americans’ concern about terrorism, ignorance about Islam, and constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion and speech. In the middle are the airlines, which are charged with the difficult task of sorting out legitimate complaints about unusual behavior from those based on prejudice and fear of people’s appearance — and to do it in a short period when dealing with a particular flight...

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