Help! As someone who has personally experienced discrimination in many forms, I am all in favor of banning any type or form of unfair discrimination based on race, religion or national origin; however, I firmly believe that all laws should be applied equally to everyone. I confess, perhaps I need someone with a higher degree of intelligence to help me process some information I have come across recently. This is short and to the point.
“CNSNews.com has reported that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has been guaranteed that TSA officials will only pat down Muslim women in the head and neck area.” CAIR said Muslims who object to full-body scans for religious reasons should know their rights if they are required to undergo a pat-down, including asking for the procedure to be done in a private place. In addition, CAIR advised Muslim women who wear a hijab that they should tell the TSA officer they may be searched only around the head and neck. “Before you are patted down, you should remind the TSA officer that they are only supposed to pat down the area in question – in this scenario, your head and neck. They should not subject you to a full-body or partial-body pat-down.”
Furthermore, I understand that a fatwa (a religious ruling) has been issued that “full-body scanners violate Islamic law.”
Female suicide bombers have attacked both military and civilian targets. In Lebanon, a woman detonated an explosive-laden vehicle, which killed two Israeli soldiers and injured two more. Muslim women have carried out suicide bombings in some cases by strapping explosives to their abdomen in order to appear pregnant to observers. Two female attackers attacked U.S. troops in 2003, a female suicide bomber in Pakistan in 2010 blew up her “pregnancy” killing more than 40 people at a center for distributing aid to war victims. These killings are not restricted to the Middle East, either. In 2010, two females blew themselves up in Moscow subway stations, murdering at least 38 people and injuring more than 60.
Help! My understanding is that the Transportation Security Agency, or TSA, under Homeland Security, is responsible for the airport security process to prevent a reoccurrence of Sept. 11 and protect American air travelers from terrorist attacks. Reconcile that with this report issued by intelligence analysts in the U.S. Army in 2011: “Although women make up roughly 15 percent of the suicide bombers within groups which utilize females, they were responsible for 65 percent of assassinations.”
Here is where I need clarification from someone who may have superior knowledge.
Muslim women and Catholic nuns, except for face coverings, wear essentially the same garments, covered from head to toe – so why are nuns (who have never blown up anyone) allowed to be body searched while Muslim women (who have blown up people) are not? Seems to me, I read somewhere about justice being blind, and equal justice under the law.
I have a question for the ACLU, those staunch defenders of “freedom from religion”: Isn’t this failure to apply the law equally to Muslim women (because of their “religion”) a direct violation of the so-called “establishment clause”? Nuns can be subjected to a full body pat-down, but Muslim women can’t. Hmmm.