Monday, May 20, 2024

Two Muslim men in Indian and Arab garb were thrown off a Delta commuter flight Friday because a pilot refused to fly with them aboard, Talking Points Memo is reporting, in an incident that points out the racism that didn’t die with Osama bin Laden and the response to it that should.

“It’s racism and bias because of our religion and appearance and because of misinformation about our religion. If they understood Islam, they wouldn’t do this,” said one of the men, Masudur Rahman, to The Associated Press.

That’s simply not true. It’s time to give up the lie.

What people understand about Islam, and what is true, is that there are Islamic fundamentalists who are willing to kill and use their religion to justify it. Other religions have that problem too, including Christians who are willing to kill doctors who provide abortions because they think abortions are murder.

But Christians who would never do that don’t bother telling others watching Christian fundamentalists’ crimes in horror that “they don’t understand Christianity.”