Flying imams vs. John Does
0 comment Sunday, May 18, 2014 |
I know a lot of you are saying "What can I do? I'm just a little punk. I don't count." Well, you're dead wrong! The little punks have always counted because in the long run the character of a country is the sum total of the character of its little punks." - "John Doe", in the movie Meet John Doe
We all remember the story of the 'flying imams', the six Moslem clerics who behaved in a very conspicuously bizarre fashion on a US Airways flight last November, and who were thus removed.
Not surprisingly, a lawsuit was filed, claiming discrimination:
Six Muslim imams ordered off a US Airways flight at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport last November have filed a discrimination lawsuit against the airline and the Metropolitan Airports Commission, claiming they were removed from the plane because of their race and religion.
In a 38-page document filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, the plaintiffs said they were "horrified and humiliated" after police removed them, under pilot's orders, from the plane in front of dozens of other passengers Nov. 20 "as if they were criminals."
The next twist in the story was that the imams were not content to sue the airline and the airports commission, but also seek to sue the individual passengers who noted their odd and suspicious behavior:
The Imam Scam continues
CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) was handed a victory of sorts on C-SPAN's Washington Journal call-in show this morning. The subject was the "civil rights" lawsuit CAIR attorneys have filed on behalf of the flying imams, whose highly suspicious actions last November led to their ejection from a US Airways plane prior to takeoff.
Open for discussion was this morning's USA Today opinion piece which bared the "chilling effects" of CAIR's effort to obtain the names of passengers who reported the imams' threatening behavior. These on-the-ball citizens, along with many airline employees, have actually been named as "John Doe" defendants in CAIR's bogus suit.
Now, the action against the airline was entirely expected (and, for my money - likely orchestrated). But extending the complaint to include those who dutifully heeded the now familiar "see something, say something" plea is nothing short of diabolical.
As USA Today put it:
"This legal tactic seems designed to intimidate passengers willing to do exactly what authorities have requested - say something about suspicious activity."
So now, some Congressmen have responded to this blatant effort at intimidating the 'John Does', the citizens who had the temerity to act in the name of safety and self-preservation.
House Republicans tonight surprised Democrats with a procedural vote to protect public-transportation passengers from being sued if they report suspicious activity -- the first step by lawmakers to protect "John Doe" airline travelers already targeted in such a lawsuit.
After a heated debate and calls for order, the motion to recommit the Democrats' Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2007 back to committee with instructions to add the protective language passed on a vote of 304-121.
Republicans said the lawsuit filed by six Muslim imams against US Airways and "John Does," passengers who reported suspicious behavior, could have a "chilling effect" on passengers who may fear being sued for acting vigilant.
Kudos to the Congressmen; our liberties are truly jeopardized when anyone, flying imams or anyone else, have the 'right' to sue individuals who are simply acting as responsible citizens. God help us if we become so dhimmified and supine that we acquiesce to this bullying.
Michelle Malkin answers with
The John Doe Manifesto
Dear Muslim Terrorist Plotter/Planner/Funder/Enabler/Apologist,
You do not know me. But I am on the lookout for you. You are my enemy. And I am yours.
I am John Doe.
She ends with these resolute and rousing words:
I will not be censored in the name of tolerance.
I will not be cowed by your Beltway lobbying groups in moderates' clothing. I will not cringe when you shriek about "profiling" or "Islamophobia."
I will put my family's safety above sensitivity. I will put my country above multiculturalism.
I will not submit to your will. I will not be intimidated.
I am John Doe."
Just the other day, I quoted from the classic movie, Meet John Doe. In it, the 'everyman' character known as John Doe makes a speech in which he speaks these words:
They've started a lot of talk about free people going soft�that we can't take it. That's a lot of hooey! . . . A free people can beat the world at anything, from war to tiddle-de-winks, if we all pull in the same direction!
I know a lot of you are saying "What can I do? I'm just a little punk. I don't count." Well, you're dead wrong! The little punks have always counted because in the long run the character of a country is the sum total of the character of its little punks."
What the Congressmen are doing is to be applauded, but the real work has to be done by the 'little punks', the John Does, who have to have the courage to use our freedom to speak up, and to sound the warning if we see anything which seems questionable. We have that right, and neither the imams, nor their CAIR mouthpieces, nor anyone else, especially those who are only in this country by our sufferance, who have no natural right to be here, can take that right away from us. As Capra's John Doe says, we can beat the world at anything --- if we all pull in the same direction.
There is where our problem lies: if we were a united country, united in mutual concern, and with a common American identity, we would be unbeatable. The divisions which rend our country are the cause of our weakness, and this is the real reason why we have an opportunistic Islamic fifth column ensconced in our country.
Let us hope that the Islamizers have overplayed their hand; they can't keep pushing forever and expect us to remain passive. We 'little punks' of America may yet have a strength that will surprise our overconfident Islamic antagonists.

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