In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 30, 2006 / 9 Kislev, 5767

US Airways: Profiles in courage

By Michael Graham

Printer Friendly Version
Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | So tell me, my politically correct friends, what would you do?

You're waiting to board an airplane and you spot six bearded Muslim men — imams, as it turns out — in the concourse waiting to board with you. Three of them being praying loudly, shouting "Allah! Allah!" when you and your fellow passengers are called for boarding.

You, being a good liberal, think nothing off it.

According to the Washington Times, "Passengers and flight attendants told law-enforcement officials the imams switched from their assigned seats to a pattern associated with the September 11 terrorist attacks and also found in probes of U.S. security since the attacks — two in the front row first-class, two in the middle of the plane on the exit aisle and two in the rear of the cabin."

"They now control all of the entry and exit routes to the plane," one air marshal told the Times. "That would alarm me."

But not you. You're no bigot. You're no… profiler.

So what if three notably non-obese imams asked for seat belt extenders? So what if, despite being told there were no available seats in first class when asked for an upgrade, two of the imams were found sitting there when they were removed from the plane?

No matter. You're with Mahdi Bray of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, who called removing the imams an act of racism and Islamophobia.

Alas, I'm not nearly as stup..er "open-minded" as you. My family and I will proudly stick with the "Islamophobics" on this one, and wait for the next flight out.

How much sympathy do I have for idiot imams in the post-9/11 world who feel the need to shout "Allah!" at the top of their lungs while boarding an airplane? Slightly less than I feel for the drunken Yankees fan who wanders onto Yawkey Way screaming "The Red Sox can kiss my [sound of muffled blows and breaking glass]."

It requires a level of political correctness that borders on mental illness to find the imams' behavior benign. Their actions were so openly provocative that Ann Coulter suggests this all might be a publicity stunt by US Airways to get Muslims to boycott just in time for Christmas.

She may be onto something. It's hard to imagine a more appealing slogan for the nervous holiday traveler than "We're the airline angry Muslims refuse to fly!"

But after reading the Washington Times' coverage of the provocative, unnecessary and unsettling behavior of the imams (who had just attended a "fight the power!" imam convention), I think it's more likely this was a lawsuit set-up from the beginning. It's the political equivalent of the "Swoop and Squat," a staged car-wreck of stupidity on behalf of p.c. sensibilities.

Now come the usual threats of boycotts, lawsuits, blah, blah, blah. Angry liberals demand I be offended that Muslims acting weird at airports aren't treated the same way as Methodists (as if you could actually GET a Methodist to pray aloud in public).

These imams were not treated unfairly, not in the least. Yes, it's a shame that rational people must view Muslims as inherently more dangerous than non-Muslims, I agree. In fact, it's tragic. But such is the tragic state of Islam.

Do even the most liberal among us find it unreasonable for leaders of the only major world religion with an ongoing terrorism problem to pay a price for the shameful state of their faith? After all, these imams weren't attending a conference on "How To Rescue Islam From Radicals" or "Creating A Moderate Muslim Army To Confront The Islamists." Instead it was yet another gathering of moaning Muslims, whining "I'm a victim, America's full of bigots, when is someone going to kill all the J...oops — Ahmed! You were supposed to take that off the agenda before the press arrived!"

Offended? Six well-educated imams could be offended by the wholesale slaughter going on in the name of Islam across Baghdad today — violence that didn't occur when (non-Muslim) Poland, Romania or Estonia were liberated from their Soviet dictators.

Offended imams might be disturbed by the fact that nearly every act of Muslim-on-Muslim violence in Iraq is accompanied by the cry "Allahu Akbar!" They could even be offended by the refusal of Muslim nations to send troops to Iraq to fight this alleged blasphemy against Islam.

How about a little outrage over the hundreds of thousands of non-Muslims being slaughtered in Darfur by Muslim warriors? Or Sudan's Muslim government refusing to allow UN peacekeepers into the region?

But being offended by these events would involve being offended by Muslims. And as US Airways is learning, being offended by the actions of Muslims, however provocative or idiotic, is simply not allowed.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Michael Graham is a talk show host at 96.9 FM TALK in Boston and author of the highly acclaimed "Redneck Nation: How the South Really Won the War." To comment, please click here.


© 2006, Michael Graham