Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Airport Pat Down Solution: Separate Sheep and Goats
The invasive airport scanning and government approved groping of air passengers by the White House is designed to prevent terrorists from the deadly sabotaging of planes. A friend of mine who is a disabled and highly decorated veteran has had to undergo these invasive "pat-downs." He said the Transportation Safety Administration agent told him that 80% of the terrorists are homegrown and angry. The TSA agent failed to mention that a likely 99% are Muslim. And herein lies the issue: the ones who have caused the problem are the ones yelling the loudest about the procedures when they are used against Muslims. Yet historically Muslims are the most likely candidates to perpetrate terrorism on airplanes.
On February 12, a body of Islamic scholars calling themselves the Fiqh Council of North America issued a fatwa saying that airport scanners violate Islamic rules on modesty. At the time, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) endorsed the fatwa. Nihad Awad, spokesman for the Muslim civil rights group that has ties to terrorism, said in a USA Today article, "We support the Fiqh Council's statement on full-body scanners and believe that the religious and privacy rights of passengers can be respected while maintaining safety and security." What CAIR and others did not expect was that to avoid the scanners, their Islamists would have to endure a humiliating "pat down."
On November 10, CAIR issued a travel advisory for all Muslims, saying the advisory is "particularly important for Muslim travelers leaving for or returning from Hajj." The CAIR advisory gives a brief story of a 56 year old Muslim woman who underwent a secondary screening "even though the metal detector did not go off, a phenomenon reported frequently to CAIR by female Muslim travelers." This leads CAIR to concluding that "if you experience any disturbing incidents with the new pat down procedure, particularly if you feel you have been subjected to religious or racial profiling, harassment or unfair treatment, immediately file a complaint with the TSA and report the incident to your local CAIR chapter."
There is sound Biblical precedence showing us how to solve this problem. Jesus describes the judgment in Matthew 25:32, 33, "And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left." Two lines. Muslims and aliens on the left. Others on the right. Pat downs on the left. Metal scanners and spot "pat downs" on the right. Perhaps with this treatment, those whose people caused the problem will eventually police their own rather than face the humiliation. But of course that's profiling. And we should not publicly admit terrorists are most likely Muslims and take appropriate action...or should we?
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Word of Life Ministry