You may or may not have come across a story about the six imams who were ‘removed’ from a Minneapolis to Phoenix flight earlier this week. If you haven’t – you can read more about it here.
I can’t say I’m too worried about that. According to the article, the ‘reason’ they were removed is because they were considered suspicious. To answer the obvious question that follows; three of them were seen praying before they got on the flight.
I’m not too worried about it because, thankfully, the imams have decided to sue, and I can’t really see how the airline’s actions could possibly stand up in court. It seems to be a simple case of religious discrimination at its worst.
The most interesting thing about the article is its mention of a survey that concludes that America is the rudest place to visitors. The survey ranked America last when it came to extending courtesy to travelers. The 2nd and 3rd places, incidentally, were awarded to the Middle East and East Asia. In case you’re wondering, the survey was conducted by an American organization, not, as some readers might quickly assume, the Taliban.
This is even more interesting when juxtaposed with another survey I came across declaring Americans to be the most patriotic people. I cannot help but put the two together, and when I do, the inevitable conclusion is that America may well be the country with the greatest deal of misplaced pride.
This, unfortunately, comes as very little surprise for the rest of us.
So it goes.