Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The clash of cultures

This kind of problem is going to be with us for a long time. First the ‘alcohol in taxicabs’ business, and now this.

Last night 6 Islamic Imam (ministers, priests, whatever) were not allowed to board a U.S. Airways flight out of Minneapolis. Prior to boarding they started Islamic prayers and made anti-American utterances. This made many passengers nervous.

The Islamic ‘community,’ most notably CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), is crying foul. Education of Americans is needed to further the ‘understanding’ of how Muslims worship. I would think that CAIR needs an education on the understandable reaction of Americans to such displays after 9/11.

Shahin, president of the group said that "If up to now [Americans] don't know about prayers, this is a real problem."

But a bigger and more real problem is the lack of effort put forth by Islam to bring the large sect of extreme violence to heel. The Imam were leaving a conference in Minneapolis of the North American Imams Federation. It would be interesting to know how much of this conference involved just that question.

Powerline has some interesting background on the leader of the group.

To any of the Islamic faith looking in, here’s my position; You own the terrorist problem. It comes from a large sect within your faith. Don’t try and shift the burden onto my shoulders through some rhetorical slight of hand. It’s up to you to show responsibility and leadership in ridding the world of this menace rather than crying about being misunderstood; it’s the flip side of the freedom America has to offer. And if you don’t take the lead, we will, and in our own fashion. The choice is and has been yours, and so far, you have not done well by any means.

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