Das Islamophobic

This is nuts:


Two Muslim clerics traveling to a religious conference were kicked off a Delta Air Lines flight Friday morning at Memphis International Airport, on orders from a pilot. 

Imam Mohamed Zaghloul of the Masjid An-Noor Mosque and Imam Masoud Rahman, a previous imam of the Muslim Society of Memphis, were subjected to extra security screening at the gate, then barred from the flight, Rahman said. 

The men cleared security at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint and boarded their plane. "They were screened and cleared to fly," said TSA spokesman Jon Allen. "The decision to deny boarding was made by the airline, not TSA," Allen said.

The Muslim Heat Vision factor here is rather amazing. On one level, there is the suspicion that actual Islamic terrorists would be so stupid as to dress in full religious garb. On another level, I can't really see how this is any different than Denny's refusing to serve black people.

CAIR says they are still examining the case. How is this not a law-suit?
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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