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It's so stupid/ironic in so many way. Nobody knew what the t-shirt said (even though it was supposedly translated for them). It could have said "Death to Osama" and they wouldn't have known. All they saw is Arabic and a dark-skinned man. The MSM fear machine is in full effect.

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Hmm, I can certainly see why he would be offended, but it is a private airline, right? They own the planes, they fly the planes... They can say everyone has to wear bright pink to get on their planes if they want to, or nobody can fly wearing a cowboy hat...

 

-JB

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Hmm, I can certainly see why he would be offended, but it is a private airline, right? They own the planes, they fly the planes... They can say everyone has to wear bright pink to get on their planes if they want to, or nobody can fly wearing a cowboy hat...

 

-JB

 

They can, but they wouldn't.

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Obviously they can.... but it seems pretty unreasonable not to say who they will, or won't, allow onto their planes until after their customers have already paid and have turned up to get onto the flight.... especially when they do not refund those who they refuse access to their planes at the last minute (as is presently the case)

 

Being a private company doesn't change the unreasonableness of that.

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Thanks for posting that Monk. What a load of racist shit... Land of the Free?!?

 

Joel,

Just because it's a private company does not make this acceptable in any way, shape or form. Outrageous attacks against Arabic &/or Muslim culture are being tolerated when similar attacks against almost any other cultures or groups would not be. Then again, anyone who speaks out against the dominant culture of fear/hate and in defense of freedom is a target these days... We cannot allow this to continue!

 

 

Here's one of my favorite poems. There are many variations floating around and it was written a few years back so you may want to update it by inserting: Arab, Muslim, Immigrant, Anarchist, Animal/Earth Liberationist, Gun Owner - or whatever other group of undesirables is being attacked today...

 

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out--

because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out--

because I was not a socialist;

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out--

because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--

because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me--

and there was no one left to speak out for me.

 

Attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller.

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Loveliberate-

 

I am certainly against oppression, as well as the iraq war, detention without fair trials, and the whole monolithic "us" vs "them" mentality, in fact I have participated in several anti-war rallies and marches this past year. I am horrified by the deaths of countless innocent Iraqi's and the way the US newsmedia minimizes and ignores their tragedy.

 

That said, I don't think this dude was being oppressed. They asked him to change his T-shirt for 5 hours, and he's acting like he was brutalized. The constitution does not say that you can wear whatever you want on a private airplane, despite his frequent references to the constitution.

 

I wouldn't blame the airline. This is like 2 days after a bunch of people of arabian descent were arrested for nearly blowing up an airplane, and the guy is wearing a shirt with arabic text and the words "we will not be silent." I wouldn't interpret this message as belligerent, but I could see how some would. The airline employees were merely doing their best to keep 100 passengers calm, on a cramped plane hurtling 35,000 feet above the sea at 500 miles per hour.

 

-Joel

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Heya Joel,

Thanks for sharing more about where you are coming from. I get that the airline folks may even have been thinking they were acting to save this guy some hassles from ignorant passengers, etc. Even if that was the case, it illustrates the problems even more. It was just a person expressing himself with shirt - if people have a problem with that or find it threatening/frightening then they need a reality check and they need to learn some basic`respect for other peoples rights.

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Heya Joel,

Thanks for sharing more about where you are coming from. I get that the airline folks may even have been thinking they were acting to save this guy some hassles from ignorant passengers, etc. Even if that was the case, it illustrates the problems even more. It was just a person expressing himself with shirt - if people have a problem with that or find it threatening/frightening then they need a reality check and they need to learn some basic`respect for other peoples rights.

 

I bet the airline people were just trying to get the plane in the air on-time, and they probably felt it was easier to get one guy to change his t-shirt than to get a group of passengers' to change their minds about things that are constantly being drilled into their head every time they turn on cable news.

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I bet the airline people were just trying to get the plane in the air on-time, and they probably felt it was easier to get one guy to change his t-shirt than to get a group of passengers' to change their minds about things that are constantly being drilled into their head every time they turn on cable news.

 

I understand that - though quite possibly there would not have been any problems caused for the flight. Either way, it doesnt make it ok and it is part of the bigger problems you refer to: some people's irrational prejudice, fear and hate. To address these problems and to counter the propaganda you mention, this sort of thing needs to be publicized, discussed and challenged. Beyond that, we need to stand up and speak out for those people who are being silenced, and not allow them to be isolated or their concerns written off. I'm willing to bet that this was a a primary reason why this guy was wearing the Tshirt to begin with.

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