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pepperbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:57 AM
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I am not surprised it has come to this. Flying while Jewish.
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 04:58 AM by pepperbear
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703699204...

A US Airways Group Inc. flight was diverted after an Orthodox Jewish teenager began praying and using a box which contains verses, setting off concerns among skittish crew members.

*snip*

Just before 9 a.m. EST, the crew on a US Airways Express flight--operated by Republic Airways Holdings Inc.'s Chautauqua Airlines and bound from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Louisville, Ky.--decided to land in Philadelphia to address their concerns. J.J. Klaver, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said the 17-year-old unveiled a phylactery, a leather box worn during certain Jewish services and also known as a tefillin, early in the flight. The teen was accompanied by his 16-year-old sister.

I am speechless.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:02 AM
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1. why? I think it was stupid of the kid not to clear his
intention to pray in this manner with the flight crew.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:05 AM
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2. yup
like it or not, you have to take reasonable measures on airplanes now to avoid being perceived strangely - it is sad that the entire world has to jump through hoops because some people on this earth do not know how to behave but it is what it is
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:28 AM
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7. Why are you blaming the victim of bigotry instead of the bigots?
Maybe this is like Jordan Miles who the cops just beat up for walking while black. Was it stupid for him to assume he had the same rights in public as anyone else? Knowing that cops are racist, should he have called the police station ahead of time to inform them that he was a black teenager and was going to walk to his grandma's house - nobody should panic?
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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:34 AM
Response to Reply #7
9. I am sure the "victim" here would have been cool with it...
if some dude started theatrically chatting with allah and this was the crew response,
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:47 AM
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13. Why the scare quotes around "victim"?
Why the assumption that he's a bigot? and why the implication that the flight crew is justified acting in a bigoted way, so long as their target has prejudices as well?
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invictus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:35 AM
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21. +1
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harkadog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:44 PM
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130. Blame the victim. Hmmm, I wonder why?
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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:14 AM
Response to Reply #130
144. getting kicked off the plane for making a scene doesn't make you a victim
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harkadog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 04:29 PM
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148. Following your religious beliefs is creating a "scene"?
He wasn't interfering with anyone. I have been on flights and seen orthodox Jews praying. No big deal. You have another agenda here which is pretty obvious.
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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 06:13 PM
Response to Reply #148
149. a public nuisance is a public nuisance
My agenda is secularism,
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harkadog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 06:59 PM
Response to Reply #149
152. Religion is now a public nuisance
Yes we all know what your agenda is.
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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:00 PM
Response to Reply #152
155. When you religion requires screaming, flailing and props in a public space
it is a nuisance.
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harkadog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:52 PM
Response to Reply #155
156. Of course none of that took place
You apparently know nothing about Jewish religious practices. I suspect willful ignorance instead of just ignorance.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:43 AM
Response to Reply #7
11. the kid strapped little boxes to his hand and head on an airplane
in this day and age, people are wary of anything out of the ordinary on a plane.
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:45 AM
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12. In this day and age people are still wary of black people walking in public.
Who's fault is that? Who's responsibility is it to check themselves?
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:44 AM
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16. Would it change your mind if he had a knive out or (but was going to use it for something peaceful)
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:56 AM
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28. Yes, if he had a prohibited weapon on a plane I would feel differently.
I would expect the crew to handle it by peacefully requesting that he hand the knife over to them. If he handed it over without incident, there shouldn't be any reason to divert the flight.

Likewise, if he was doing something the crew didn't understand like strapping a prayer box on, I would expect the crew to ask him what was up, not freak out huddling in the corner. If they had time to land a plane, surely they had time to ask "So, what's that thing there?"

As for people panicking because of prayer, I haven't yet seen a plane that could be brought down by praying. People need to recognize that praying isn't itself a threat.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:47 PM
Response to Reply #28
103. Last I checked, nail clippers are prohibited "weapons"
I'm really quite done with the silliness that surrounds air travel.
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:29 PM
Response to Reply #103
123. Well, I'm not afraid of someone with nail clippers.
And I should clarify knife, I guess the way that was phrased, I'm thinking big knife, but a small pocket knife, heck I used to carry one to school in junior high - we all did.

My daughter got knitting needles confiscated once. But pencils are okay. Damned if I can understand the difference.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:32 PM
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125. Here's the thing
The TSA isn't really there to make you safer, they are there to make you think you are safer. That's why few of these rules actually make any real sense. It's a show. The rubes have become very, very scared though, because the show is very, very convincing to them. So, they freak at the slightest unusual anything.
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:41 AM
Response to Reply #12
24. there is a difference between being a black person and being a person of any color engaging
in behavior outside the norm.

The behavior and accouterments exhibited by this individual was outside the norm.

It is not outside the norm in certain areas of Brooklyn. But in general, it was definitely unexpected. I feel for the fellow but do think he'd have been advised to be more aware of others around him.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:49 PM
Response to Reply #24
105. You haven't heard of driving while black, etc.?
It's not so different at all. Culturally sensitive is a subset of racially sensitive and the ugly American could do with quite a bit more of both.
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montanto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:02 PM
Response to Reply #12
66. I'm still trying to find the black guy in this story.
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:04 PM
Response to Reply #66
67. It was a reference to Jordan Miles
another case in the news this week of authorities going off the deep end because not everyone is a white christian upper middle class male.

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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:45 PM
Response to Reply #12
102. Best answer yet
We are so culturally insensitive in this country that we don't even know such customs. It would behoove us to get over ourselves, the sooner the better.

And we need to stop acting like scared little ninnies.
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surrealAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:51 AM
Response to Reply #11
19. In this kid's world, what he did was completely ordinary.
He probably didn't know that the flight crew would not understand what he was doing.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:43 AM
Response to Reply #7
15. The bigot name doesn't apply if the basis for the fear is not bigotry
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:42 AM
Response to Reply #15
45. In this case it applies.
A prayer isn't going to cause a plane to crash. The ONLY reason to assume someone praying is a threat is bigotry.

If they were afraid of a gadget used in the prayer, they should have asked what it was. It's not that hard. If the flight attendants opted not to ask, that's their fault. They clearly had time. I can't see any reason for them to divert the flight - unless the passenger became belligerent, but I didn't see that in the article.
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Tailormyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:07 PM
Response to Reply #45
50. No sorry it is not bigotry
It wasn't the praying, it was the boxes stapped to the kid that caused an issue. Lay the blame where it belong, with the child's parents for not telling him not to strap boxes onto himself during the flight because it might cause alarm.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:55 PM
Response to Reply #15
110. It actually fits rather well
From Wikipedia:



A bigot is a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices.

The correct use of the term requires the elements of obstinacy, irrationality, and animosity toward those of differing devotion.

The origin of the word bigot and bigoterie in English dates back to at least 1598, via Middle French, and started with the sense of "religious hypocrite". Forms of bigotry may have a related ideology or world views.



Now, if a person or persons had asked him what he was doing and he refused to explain, then there might (only might) be a reasonable fear but it doesn't appear that either happened. Perhaps it wasn't bigotry but just pansy assed fear from a bunch of scared ninnies, but it has quite the odor of bigotry.
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Tailormyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:13 AM
Response to Reply #7
31. He is not a victim
The flight attendant had no idea wtf the boxes he was strapping to himself were. 99% of people would have no fucking clue what the black boxes he was strapping to his body were.
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:46 AM
Response to Reply #31
46. Yes he is a victim
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 11:46 AM by noamnety
He was prevented from going to his destination on time because of discrimination.

He's a victim every bit as much as Raed Jarrar was when he was prevented from flying because he had arabic text on a tee shirt. The courts recognized Raed as a victim of illegal discrimination, and jetblue and the TSA were ordered to pay $240,000 for that discrimination. People have constitutional rights - even if OTHER people are scared by them using those rights in public.
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Tailormyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:04 PM
Response to Reply #46
48. No sorry- in this case he was not a victim
If he had used an ounce on common sense and explained the boxes BEFOREHAND to the attendants then the whole fucking thing would have been avoided. He is lucky that in these times that that was all that happened.

And you are wrong. I can't strap a bunch of shit on me, that looks like they might be bombs, in this day and age, and then expect everyone else to realize that they are part of some pretty unknown religious practice.

I can't fly with my Athame either. Common fucking sense.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:18 PM
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53. Deleted sub-thread
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mrbarber Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:29 PM
Response to Reply #48
100. Going to have to agree with tailormyst here.
Hell, I was raised Jewish, and I've never heard of this particular practice.

There's just some shit you don't do on airplanes.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:02 PM
Response to Reply #100
116. There's just some shit you don't do on airplanes
Like wanting a blanket in the last hour of travel or wanting to use the lavatory in that last magic hour or worse yet, wanting to know how close you are to your destination? These are things that the TSA wanted to institute in the wake of the panty bomber. Nope, sorry, this was cultural insensitivity at the very least and more likely bigotry based on fear, which is what bigotry is based upon anyway.

I'm well past the point where I don't want to travel by air anymore. Today is the first day that it is more about the moronic behavior of too many fellow passengers rather than the Dog and Pony show perpetrated by the TSA in this "post 9/11 world".
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:57 PM
Response to Reply #48
113. Just as communists in McCarthy's times were lucky not to lose their jobs
and their freedom.

"In these times" is a mighty slippery slope and I for one, am damn sick of hearing about this "post 9/11 world".
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BoneDaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:00 PM
Response to Reply #46
65. Time to wake the fuck up
pal and stop with everything being racist.
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:55 PM
Response to Reply #65
111. I raised with a Reform father who ate bacon in the Midwest and even I know what a phylactry is!!
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:16 PM
Response to Reply #65
131. I'm confused.
You want me to wake up and start being afraid of people who don't pose a danger to me?

I don't see that happening, sorry.
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immoderate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:09 PM
Response to Reply #46
70. Flight crew: "There's a Jee-ew on the plane. Let's get 'em!"
Is that what you're saying happened? They decided to bring down this flight so they could stop this Jewish kid from praying? :shrug:

--imm
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:04 PM
Response to Reply #70
117. No, it's about the flight crew being too immature and easily frightened
to just ask. Would that a few of them would behave like adults instead of terrified toddlers.
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Flaneur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:42 PM
Response to Reply #31
58. Flight attendant: "Say, what are those black boxes on your arms?"
Kid answers. Issue resolved.
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immoderate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:10 PM
Response to Reply #58
71. Not if you don't believe what he says.
--imm
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Tailormyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:19 PM
Response to Reply #58
90. It's just not that simple really.
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tranche Donating Member (913 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:22 PM
Response to Reply #7
55. done
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 12:24 PM by tranche
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BoneDaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:58 PM
Response to Reply #7
64. What?
Wow way to confuse issues. The point is this is not racism, it is a misunderstanding of culture. For many who are unfamiliar with Jewish culture, this may have been a scary experience, not knowing the differences between cultures. Considering a more recent plot to blow up a plane occurred a month ago, give people a break and stop calling everything racism.

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cherokeeprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:25 PM
Response to Reply #7
77. "in public..." You are comparing apples and honeydews here.
Walking down the street is one thing, and I agree with you that Jordan Miles was sorely mistreated.

However, sitting in an airplane owned by a company who is in the business of moving people from one place to another doesn't qualify, at least in my book, as a "public place". The "public" doesn't have ownership of the company's airplane, as do the general public have ownership of a street.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:32 PM
Response to Reply #7
127. the kid isn't a victim, and the flight crew aren't 'bigots'...
had he informed the crew beforehand, and explained what he was going to be doing...and they still responded in the same manner, then he MIGHT be a victim, and they MIGHT be bigots.
as it stands- the kid is a moran, and the crew were just doing their job and showing due diligence.

sheesh... :eyes:
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:53 AM
Response to Reply #1
27. Totally agree
This is in the order of common sense, awareness of your surroundings, and general decency towards others who may be worried.

Just as a note to God-folks: People praying look CRAZY to those of us who don't pray.
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:40 AM
Response to Reply #27
44. This is offensive to me: "People praying look CRAZY to those of us who don't pray. "
and I'm not even religious - always been an atheist, raised that way.

General decency toward others includes respecting their beliefs. It should not include hiding that you are religious because that offends some people - just like general decency should not include pretending to be straight because some people are afraid of or offended by gay people.

If people are scared of someone who is different, that's not the fault of the person who is different. One of the best things for the bigots is to be exposed to the differences, not shielded from them. In that sense, I think the overall effect of this passenger's actions are positive if they bring more awareness of customs so people learn not to freak out.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:33 PM
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smirkymonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:47 PM
Response to Reply #57
59. +100
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:52 PM
Response to Reply #44
62. Oh please
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 12:52 PM by alcibiades_mystery
Where does everyone else's right to a stress free airplane trip end and this numbskull's rights begin? How sheltered do you have to be in your ethnic enclave before you realize that strapping shit to yourself and reciting whispered words is likely to lead to a bad result on an airplane in flight? C'mon. Maybe this dickhead violated the general *ritual* of not causing a fucking commotion on a public airplane.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:09 PM
Response to Reply #44
69. It's an overly broad statement, but apropos in this case.
The kid was doing something that was perfectly normal and routine to him and probably never considered that it would set off an alarm. The crew, seeing something that made no sense from their religious backgrounds, assumed crazy terrorist.

Orthodox Jews and adherents of faiths other than main stream Christianity are now on notice -- your religious practices may subject you to special treatment at the airport. Based on the responses here and on previous threads about this incident it appears that most people WILL blame the religious for the disruption rather than the TERROR! hysteria.



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spoony Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:08 PM
Response to Reply #27
68. Bigots look crazy to me. nt
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:53 PM
Response to Reply #1
63. Xenophobia, pure and simple.
The kid explained what it was and what he was doing to the flight attendant. It was the crew that acted stupid.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:12 PM
Response to Reply #63
118. I was trying to remember that word!
Exactly!
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tburnsten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:52 PM
Response to Reply #1
84. You have got to be kidding me
The first time I saw someone praying with a phylactery it was a pretty wild thing to me, but certainly not frightening and definitely not something that would cause me to land a plane.

Isn't there an Illinois Nazi meeting you could be running right now?
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:04 PM
Response to Reply #1
96. filed under no shit - perhaps
People can put aside their odd rituals for the duration of the flight. It says so right in the bible.

However, most likely the kid was not naive or stupid, but was instead a putz pushing his religiousity on everyone else.
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:42 PM
Response to Reply #96
137. putting on tefillin hardly constitutes "pushing religion"
unless one is a French politician kowtowing to "teh Mu-SLIMES are taking over" LePen, of course...
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 07:19 AM
Response to Reply #137
139. Yeah it does, in this set and setting.
Look it says right in the bible, right in the old testament, that while flying one does not have to perform any rituals. There simply was no excuse for this.
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:30 AM
Response to Reply #139
146. he didn't need an "excuse," Scripture or no--and that still doesn't mean it's "imposing religion"
he wouldn't be "imposing" even if he were in a church
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 06:24 PM
Response to Reply #146
150. Clue: unusual and alarming behavior on airplanes is stupid and/or obnoxious.
For example, strapping a box on your forehead while bobbing and mumbling. Justifying this crap under 'religious freedom' is idiotic.

And yes, behaving this way is imposing your religious practices on others.

Just sit in your fucking seat and behave normally. The normal normal, not 'normal' as defined by fundaloon religous nutcases.
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:23 PM
Response to Reply #150
153. phylacteries aren't "fundaloon" or "nutcase"
and who defines "normal normal"? I mean, the majority of humans abhor wearing monotone fabric, but I can't call people in suits freaks who must be made to conform. furthermore, is "normal normal" even good? and how's prayer unjustifiable crap, even if it's in a *gasp* Middle Eastern language.
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 10:02 PM
Response to Reply #153
157. yeah they are. Putting boxes on your forehead is looney.
It is also unusual and non normal unless you are cloistered in an orthodox jewish community. That is why the flight crew freaked out: it is odd unusual and quite literally abnormal. It was completely outside their experience of normal. The falsification of your assertion is this episode itself.
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 11:20 PM
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158. how many times have phylacteries set off such a hysterical reaction?
Edited on Wed Jan-27-10 12:04 AM by MisterP
if there were no previous incidents, how can he be blamed: if something has provoked no reaction before, how could he judge that a custom (which is part of everyday life for him) is so egregious? putting on phylacteries is absolutely not abnormal to him! the position that it's objectively wrong and bad is an odd one--as is the assertion that anything "unusual" on a plane is either lunatic or religously imposing/intolerant. and the blame for an overraction falls on the overreactor: that's why the "gay rage" defense is off the books.

furthermore, a man kissing a man is unusual and not normal outside the ~3% homosexual community (I even heard somewhere that gays will only have sex with other gays): it is thus looney--right? redheads are also "literally abnormal," and the strong reaction of ginger bashing proves it. Q.E.D.! the hairdye companies are supporting deviant lifestyles!

whoops, forgot some links to impose on everyone:
#5 at http://www.democraticunderground.com/top10/01/top10_200... (don't worry, John Cooksey's running for Senate this year!)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 07:15 PM
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159. about as often as anyone has done this on an airplane since 2001. nt
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Tim01 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:07 AM
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3. I'm not surprised people got a little freaked out.
People are not used to this kind of thing on a plane. I'm sure nobody had any idea what praying over the box on a plane was all about. It isn't surprising people on planes are a bit jumpy.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:17 PM
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120. Perhaps not surprising
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 08:18 PM by tavalon
but very embarrassing. People are so easily manipulated. Be scared, be very, very, very scared because it's a totally scary place in this post 9/11 world!!!!!!!!

Or, perhaps, we could just grow up. A person is far more likely to be hit by lightning than to be in an airplane that crashes because of a terrorist. Does that mean we should all hide under our dining room table every time there is a storm or worse yet, we should establish a national brownshirt group to make thunderstorms safe for all of us?
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:10 AM
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4. Well, I'm not. Lots of people have never seen an Orthodox Jew.
We're barely 2 percent of the country as a whole and we're very divided into Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Ultra-Orthodox, and Atheist But Still Jewish Because of the Culture like my mom.

If it made them nervous, they were perfectly right to do something about it. I'm pretty sure that all flight staff will now be given information on what religiously rigid people look like and which ones are scary.
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:14 AM
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5. There was an incident in Georgia where a military guy
attacked an Eastern Orthodox priest who was asking for directions because he thought he was a terrorist. I put the blame on the people who so are uninformed about religion that they do not recognize the major world religions in their traditional dress.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:16 AM
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6. attacking someone is a little different.
and orthodox Jews are a tiny percentage of a tiny percentage.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:44 AM
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17. I don't think anyone cares if its a little different -only if it looks dangerous
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:27 PM
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122. So, if only a tiny percentage of our nation's populace
was black, would it then be okay to be frightened and bigoted against them?

It isn't as apples and oranges as people would like it to be. As a nurse, it is an expectation that I will know as much as I can about the differing cultures of my patients, not only so I can give culturally sensitive care but so I won't be bigoted. Given that airlines cater to as wide a range of different cultures as nurses do, I would expect the same kind of cultural sensitivity from them.
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Heddi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:12 PM
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73. not Georgia--Tampa FL nt
nt
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:51 AM
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20. My wife's jewish family ranges from orthodox to jewish in name only - my MIL
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 07:52 AM by old mark
used to tell me I was more jewish than half her family. Most people would not know a thing about Orthodox jewish prayer rituals.
There are also several varieties of orthodox catholics who are well outside of the mainstream. My home town in PA had Russian, Greek and Ukranian rite catholic churches, and I am sure I missed a few.

But, you are right - If I saw someone bowing and mumbling over a black box in his lap on an airliner, I'd jump on him quick!!!!!

It's easier to apologise if you are not scattered over 15 miles of landscape.


mark
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arcadian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:21 PM
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54. In New York City?
If you haven't seen an orthodox Jew in New york City you aren't really living in New York.
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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:32 AM
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8. Can't you wait to talk to your imaginary friend till your on the ground?
I don't know which I have less patience for religious idiots or airline security paranoids.
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invictus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:36 AM
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22. +1
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:49 PM
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61. At least he was not of the fundamentalist snake-handling sect
Snakes on a Plane, indeed :rofl:

I'm with you though.. pray at home and take a valium & a nap :)
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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:26 PM
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78. I'm theoretically jewish, these are the snake handlers in our world!
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CLANG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:33 PM
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133. That would be a great solution, but how do you get the valium?
I doubt I can convince my doc to give me a script. Maybe the airline could provide two blues per customer?
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:32 PM
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135. Perhaps a Valium Smoothie bar, just inside security
Mellow, well behaved passengers :)
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:17 PM
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87. Glad I found you out in time. Thank you. "Ignore."
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:40 AM
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10. You shouldn't be surprised
They do this to Muslims for nothing more than their names.

YOu know "If they come for...in the morning..."
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:41 AM
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14. I guess you live on the east coast?
I know many in the rural midwest and south who would not know what he was doing.
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:45 AM
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25. in NY, there're only fairly small, insular enclaves where these orthodox Jews live-
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 08:50 AM by KittyWampus
So you'd have to venture into some areas of Brooklyn to ever get a glimpse. And those areas really are pretty closed-in. And even in those areas, men don't pray like this out on the streets.

The only place I've ever seen those prayer boxes in public was on tv at Wailing Wail in Israel.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:11 AM
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30. I've never seen phylacteries in use. But, I learned about them
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 09:18 AM by MineralMan
when I was about 12, reading a book about the religions of the world. I guess my curiosity about things like that isn't typical.

While I understand the alarm amongst the passengers on that plane, the boy using his tefillin should have been asked what he was doing. His explanation should have been sufficient to calm things down, in my opinion. Had I been nearby, I would have done the explaining for him.

I find it sad that we don't know more about the religions that are all around us. Here in the USA, we have practitioners of every religion currently practiced on the planet, and a few novel ones that exist only in some small part of the US.

Education is a wonderful thing. I've always thought that a sequence on world religions should be part of our normal education. Maybe once in grammar school and once, again, in high school. There are some cool books, fully illustrated, that would make for a fascinating couple of weeks in a history or other class.

Then, perhaps, we wouldn't mistake Sikhs for Muslims or patriarchs of the Orthodox Christian denominations for...well...I don't who.

Not everyone will seek out this information, so perhaps it should be learned in school.
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spoony Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:15 PM
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76. You're right.
It's embarrassing to see this sort of thing happen when a little education could have so easily prevented it.
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spooky3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:32 PM
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126. the problem is, there are many, many things one could spend time learning about
I think it is a very unrealistic expectation that people in general should be curious about religions, myths, beliefs, etc., adhered to or practiced by a tiny minority of the population and take the time to learn about them. The same time could be devoted to many other endeavors. One could argue that the time would be much better spent studying 4th century Greek architecture, or promising new physics theories, for example.

People who behave in unusual ways in airports and other places requiring high security these days -- for whatever reason, not necessarily religious -- are quite naive, if not presumptuous, if they expect others to know why or to ask for and accept a stated explanation as to why they are doing it. Unless there are medical reasons or something similar that prevent someone from controlling unusual behavior, I say the responsibility lies with the practitioner and not with the observer. I hate all the hyper-security BS travelers have to go through these days as much as anyone else, but that is a separate issue altogether.
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Stevenmarc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:55 AM
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38. I live in NYC and it's not uncommon to see orthodox Jews praying with the Tefillin at the airport
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 09:59 AM by Stevenmarc
If a NYC based flight crew were on the plane I doubt there would have been an issue.
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spoony Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:11 PM
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72. You know, I've never seen a crocodile in person.
But you can learn things even if the subject isn't local and staring you in the face. There really isn't any excuse for the stupidity of the flight crew.
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:47 AM
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18. If he had been wearing a turban they would have shot him.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:17 AM
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33. ridiculous. there have been numerous cases of Muslims
(and some cases of Sikhs) being alerted on. None have been shot. Why do this? Why the silly hyperbole that is so easily refuted with facts?
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:37 AM
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23. that was more a case of flying while stupid.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:51 AM
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26. This incident seems to argue for a class in
world religions for high-schoolers. Knowing about the religious practices around the world might help minimize the prejudices.

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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:05 AM
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29. You can't expect everyone to be familiar with all forms of religious nuttery
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:13 AM
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32. Oddly enough, though, the tefillin the boy was using is
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 09:17 AM by MineralMan
described in the Old Testament, a book common to both Judaism and Christianity. I guess Sunday school doesn't get into it in that level of depth. I imagine that few Christian kids learn about animal sacrifice, either, in Sunday School, even though it illuminates the whole "lamb of God" thing pretty dramatically.

Our willing ignorance of the practices of others never fails to surprise me.
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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:33 AM
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35. Christians use the Old Testament Cliff Notes; Jews use the 2 DVD director's cut
With all the supplementary materials.

The boy in your picture below doesn't appear to be wearing tefillin? Just the Hasidic dreadlocks and the funny hat.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:51 AM
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37. Tefillin are used during prayers, if I understand correctly,
for the most part. I think there are some ultra-orthodox who wear them more often than that.

Orthodox kids get their tefillin at their Bar Mitzvah. I'm not sure about other aspects of Judaism.

I'm an atheist, so my knowledge of this is just based on general background information about religious practices. I could find out more details, but it's not a high priority for me today.
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Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:34 PM
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128. My Christian church basically ignored the Old Testament
Psalms and the occasional Proverbs verse were the extent of Old Testament citations during regular church services.
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CLANG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:39 PM
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134. There are quite a few atheists in this country too.
I would never clutter my mind with something as absurd (to me) as religion. I try to clutter my mind with information I find interesting and/or useful.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:17 AM
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34. Here's a photo of an Orthodox Jewish teenaged boy:


If this kid was using tefillin on a plane, odds are he looked something like this kid.
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:40 AM
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36. Anyone who starts any kind of religious chanting on a plane should be routinely removed.
If they can't fly without making their religious rituals part of it, let them take a train.

What if they want to sing "Onward Christian Soldiers"?

People who can't fly without emoting regarding their religion should find a different mode of travel. We can't help it every nut who blows up an airplane is a religious fanatic. It's quite normal to be suspicious of people who so lack control of their emotions that they can't fly without invoking the Flying Spaghetti Monster to protect them.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:03 AM
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40. That's silly
I am an atheist and not into religious rituals of any sort - but I'd much rather sit on a plane next to someone praying than someone complaining loudly; or someone with a cold, etc.

'People who can't fly without emoting regarding their religion should find a different mode of travel'.

People who can't fly without being upset by other people's different practices should find a different mode of travel. Being in a plane is all about being cooped up in a crowd of very diverse people. Consideration for others requires that people who wish to pray, or speak at all, do so as quietly as possible. Singing loudly on a plane, whether it's Onward Christian Soldiers or Old Macdonald Had a Farm, is inconsiderate toward those who want to read or sleep. But so long as people tone the noise down, they have a right to engage in their own religious, cultural, or just personally preferred practices.
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:08 AM
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41. Your comments are silly.
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 10:11 AM by TexasObserver
I'll say it again. People who can't fly without going into their religious chants should be removed from the plane. Eventually, they'll learn to zip it.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:02 PM
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47. I might find it annoying to be next to someone eating when I'm feeling a bit airsick
People who can't fly without eating on the journey should be removed from the plane. Eventually, they'll learn to wait till they get to the next airport.

One statement is about as reasonable as the other.

Do you think that people should be banned from *talking* on a plane? If so, I suppose you're consistent, but good luck trying to enforce it. If it's only praying that you object to - then, sorry, but you have no right to demand that others conform to your non-religious preferences, any more than others should have the right to demand that you join in their prayers.

And I'm as non-religious as they come.
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:25 PM
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56. Sounds like a personal problem, and irrelevant to this discussion.
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 12:27 PM by TexasObserver
Anyone who engages in any strange behaviors on a plane should be removed. Period. I don't care if they're singing Opera, chanting a football cheer, or praying to the fantasy figure of their choice. If they can't keep it in their head, if they must engage in such behaviors, let them do it somewhere else. There are many people on the plane, and they just want to get to their destination. They shouldn't have to tolerate the handful of idiots who think their need to emote is without limitation.

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nosferaustin Donating Member (127 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:14 PM
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75. people shoulen't be allowed..
to engage in "strange behaviors?" I find it strange that a grown man would where the jersey of another grown man who plays some professional sport - should sports fans be removed? I find it strange that people allow themselves to become grossly obese, should fat people be removed? I find it strange that anyone would still smoke - should the guy next to me who smells like an ashtray be removed?

Who decides which behaviors are "strange?"

People shouldn't be allowed to do unsafe things on planes. If you're unsure what someone is doing, ask. You might learn something. We are all guilty of flying while paranoid. So, be watchful if you must, question when you don't know, watch when you're suspicions. But to divert an entire planeload of passengers because you don't understand what someone is doing, when there's nothing bad happening is just stupid paranoia.

And yes, I know that sometimes by the time the bad thing happens it's too late; it it's a bomb, waiting may not be the thing you want to do. But guess what, if it's a bomb, by the time the plane lands, it's too late anyway.
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:28 PM
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79. "Strange behaviors" is purposely broad.
What constitutes "strange behaviors" would be up to the airplane crew, and ultimately, the pilot, who would decide whether someone should be removed. Because it is common and acceptable for grown men to wear sports jerseys, your complaint would fall on deaf ears, as it should. If you complained about it, however, it might get YOU removed from the plane for strange behaviors. You might try it, and see how that works out.
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:33 PM
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81. what about people who can't fly without singing out loud to their ipod?
Or who have watch movies on their laptops? Or read books?

If someone is watching a movie in a language other than english on a US flight should they be removed?
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:35 PM
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82. They should be taken directly to Gitmo.


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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:11 PM
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86. I'm not an atheist.
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 02:47 PM by TexasObserver


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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:08 AM
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42. I like to sing songs and play guitar. Why can't I do those things in coach?
Act Kabuki? Practice Tai Chi? Didgeridoo? Nope. Can't do any of that on a plane.

Your analysis simply doesn't stand up to any real world analysis regarding "diverse practices" other than loud religious chanting. One is simply not allowed virtually any room to "express oneself" in the cabin of airplane whether one's muse is religion or love.
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:13 AM
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43. Why can't I sing "Bad Romance" on the tarmac?
It comforts me and I worship Lady Gaga!
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:07 PM
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49. I said already...
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 12:08 PM by LeftishBrit
that people should not be loud about their activities on a plane. Loud religious chanting is not acceptable; but soft praying is as acceptable or unacceptable as any other form of conversation.

If you are prepared to ban ALL talking on a coach/plane, then fair enough, though you're going to find it hard to enforce. Otherwise, any low-decibel speech practice is just like any other.

In any case, the problem here was not the decibel level, but that staff didn't recognize his tefillin and thought (apparently) that it might be an explosive device. Typical in the present situation; but they should still have had the training to recognize it.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:56 AM
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39. Not surprised either; that's what you get when you combine paranoia with lack of proper training
It's worrying on several grounds: the paranoia and prejudice about anything remotely unfamiliar; and also that if the air crew are so uninformed, they might well miss *real* signs of something going wrong.

Yes, as some have said, in the real world of flying these days, the boy should probably have told the staff in advance - but the staff shouldn't have *had* to be told; they should have better training about such issues.
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Tailormyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:11 PM
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51. So they should have to know the religious practices and implements of every religion?
That's just absurd. Some of my religious implements would not be well received in an airport. Therefore, I don't fly with them ! Common sense people.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:13 PM
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52. how about flying while muslim?...a non-denominational fear-fest
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:13 PM
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74. Very true!
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Sebastian Doyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:48 PM
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60. Well, if this is what a Tefillin looks like


Then it's clearly Jewish, from the big Star of David and the Hebrew writing on it, and only an ignorant fool would mistake it for Muslim.

Not that Muslim prayers in and of themselves should scare anybody either.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:30 PM
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80. How dare this kid not take into account....
....the ignorance and cowardice of the flight crew and the other passsengers!

He's lucky they didn't string his ass up!
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:39 PM
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83. It's IGNORANCE, not anti-Semitism. Ultra-orthodox Jews, Muslims, and Christians...
... (the three "Abrahamic" religions, basically) are small in numbers but make up for it by distinguishing themselves from the vast majority of the rest of us by dressing differently (Roman Catholic priests and nuns come to mind), and in the case of orthodox Jews and orthodox Muslims, interrupting their lives several times a day by dropping whatever they are doing and praying wherever they are. The lifeway is rigorous and all-encompassing, especially for Orthodox Jews.

The Orthodox Jewish community in New York City tends to live together in its own neighborhoods, sending children to religious schools, and in general reinforcing each other's behavior and appearance much as small towns do elsewhere in the US. (Garrison Keillor's fictional Lake Woebegone is one such small town, where "diversity" is having both a Lutheran and a Roman Catholic church, and the population is nearly all of Norwegian descent.)

It looks as though the kids (age 16 and 17, brother and sister) were leaving their "small town" and venturing into a world not acquainted with men who "lay tefillin" several times a day according to religious observance. They may genuinely have been that innocent of understanding the implications of behavior that looks strange to others on an airplane. Or, at his stage of adolescence he may also have been making some kind of statement to the wider world about how people are "really" supposed to behave. I've certainly known any number of adolescent boys who felt they had to push their differences of opinion in their parents' and neighbors' faces, such as by wearing offensive t-shirts or back in the 1960s and '70s, by growing their hair really long.

As for the crew and passenger reactions, the times we are living in are both dangerous and absurd. When it comes to traveling by air, tolerance for difference is low to nonexistent. Ignorance isn't bliss, it's bloody dangerous for all concerned.

Hekate
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Tailormyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:28 PM
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92. I would never have known what they are.
As a parent of children in religious minority I have raised them to be cautious around people who most likely do not know or understand our religion. For that reason I would not take my Athame on a flight. Taking it as a carry-on would not go over well at security and if I packed it in my checked baggage there is always the chance someone might check my bag and, in doing so, touch it.

It is ignorance, or lack of knowledge, but people need to also use common sense. There are a few different ways this could have been handled that would have ended up in a postitive result for all involved. Simply letting the boarding crew know, or the flight crew know, ahead of boarding could have:

1) given them a few minutes to examine it
2) calmed any fears
3) taught the crew something they didn't know previously.
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:38 PM
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94. I agree with you completely. And your caution about your Athame is commendable.
It must be challenging indeed to teach your children suitable discretion--the vast majority truly don't have a clue, and a subset of those listen to Pat Robertson (shudder).

Hekate

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pink-o Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:02 PM
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88. Wow! The not-so-veiled anti-Semitism in this thread is amazing!
You would defend the Muslim child with the prayer mat, because you see the discrimination and ignorance in this country that would immediately have the crew branding him as a terrorist. And rightly so. I would too.

Yet, some people here seem to think this Jewish kid doesn't deserve the same righteous defence. Why is that? Do you think he's privileged or rich or maybe his family are killing Palestinians? Just wondering!

And as for the kid having enough common sense to alert the crew: are you kidding me? How many of you deal with 17 year old boys? None of them, regardless of culture or religious insular upbringing, think their innocent gestures are gonna be misinterpreted.

But somehow, it's the kid's fault for not warning the crew? I find it unfortunate that the crew didn't understand what was going on, but this country doesn't encourage anyone to learn outside of the mainstream. In the event of erring on the side of caution, the crew probably did exactly what they were supposed to by diverting the plane.

What distresses me is the tone of the posters here! Sorry, but to me it sounds like a total double standard--and I find anti-Semitism on the left to be just as distasteful as when it comes from the Klan or the Neo Nazis. Knock it off!

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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:00 PM
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95. It isn't anti-semitism, it is expecting religious fanatics to behave in public
An airplane, or any other public space is not the appropriate venue for a theatrical display of your faith - would a jesus freak speaking in tongues be treated any differently?

If you can not move about the world without engaging in a disruptive conversation with your imaginary friend, air travel probably isn't for you.
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pink-o Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:24 PM
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99. And that would be an ADULT decision, made by a mature person
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 07:28 PM by pink-o
who's seen the world from someplace other than a Yeshiva.

I don't think the INCIDENT reflects Anti-Semitism, but some of the posters are certainly showing their true colors.

And for the record, I'm an agnostic--I have no use for fanatics of any stripe. This child isn't a fanatic, he's an insular Orthodox little boy who's never known any other life. It's time to pray, whether on the airline or on the ground. The Tefillin is a religious artifact, not a bomb, and it would never occur to a LITTLE BOY that anyone could consider it differently.

Once again, if this were a Muslim child instead of a Jewish one, I bet all the "liberals" here would rally round without a second thought.
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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:13 AM
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143. It depends on the circumstances
Then this little boy has very stupid parents,

Muslims have been kicked off planes for doing absolutely nothing, while this kid was making a scene.
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pink-o Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 02:31 PM
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147. "Making a Scene"?
Once again, I state that I'm an agnostic, I think it's all fairy tales and cold comfort for low-information humans when they get scared. But in our culture, prayer and all that ritual is considered "normal".

And for this CHILD, he had no sensibility that anyone would be offended or frightened by what has surrounded him in his insular Yeshiva and home. Teenagers are all stupid, how can you expect him to know what he did would effect such a result?

Anyway, the article I read said that he was very cooperative once he was questioned about it. You people expecting so much from a kid like this just amazes me!
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invictus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 07:26 AM
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140. +1
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:17 PM
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89. Idiots. For them, exotic looking + praying = terrorists.
Shit like this makes me want to hit somebody with a blunt object.
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Obamanaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:26 PM
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91. It is interesting to me how so many posters get up in arms about
various religions coming to their doors, or become upset with the Tim Tebows of the world for wearing bible verse inscriptions on his face during games, or with various other displays of other christian type religions - but are perfectly fine with this kid on the plane displaying his religion.

The same posters will say we must become more tolerant and try to understand muslims and their beliefs.

Is it just an anti christian thing?
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whatchamacallit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:32 PM
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93. There was a thread here recently praising Israeli airport security methods
a key component of which, is ethnic/religious profiling. I feel bad for this kid, but if our post 9/11 paralyzing paranoia is going to extend to any group, it should extend to all.
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Bonobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:13 PM
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97. This thread is fucking sad...
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 07:13 PM by Bonobo
To see the contortions that even liberals will go through in order to excuse this kind of small-minded, xenophobic, cowardly behavior on the part of the airline, is really sad.

All of this rationalization and blaming of the victim who did NOTHING WRONG -it is shocking and a true testimony to how far YOU ALL have been affected by America's plunge into madness. Like Stockholm Syndrome.

The airline industry MUST aim for a higher level of professionalism than this. F-15 escorts over Gilligan's Island references, police intervention over tefillin? What's next?

Why didn't they just ask the kid what it was? Why would a crazy bomber do it in front of everyone? Why a 'black box' on the forehead and arm if it is a bomb?? Are we fucking stupid now as well as cowardly?

Makes me puke. All of you fucking apologists. I hope you are happy with the fascist society you have a role in accepting.
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mrbarber Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:48 PM
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104. Your right Bonobo, obviously everyone should be allowed to do whatever they want on a plane..
..as long as it's done in the name of religion.

And to deny anyone this right just makes us "fucking stupid" and "cowardly", because obviously it's to much to ask that people sit down and quietly read on a plane instead of turning it into a goddamn pulpit.

But hey, condescension really works for you, so keep it up.
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Bonobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:17 PM
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119. Not condescension, no. It is disgust.
"because obviously it's to much to ask that people sit down and quietly read on a plane instead of turning it into a goddamn pulpit."

You sound like a real thinker. I'd love to see the kind of shit you read.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:36 PM
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129. if you're so disgusted with this board...or the human race in general...
there's nothing stopping you from leaving either. :eyes:
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:00 PM
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114. They did ask the kid what it was. They didn't like the answer.
So the plane was turned back, the kid was frogmarched off in cuffs and questioned just because of an acute case of terror hysteria.

Anyone blaming the kid needs a reality check.
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spoony Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:35 PM
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136. Right on. Very well said. nt
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 06:36 PM
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151. Thank you - and to everyone who brought some sanity to this discussion.
Up at the start of the thread, for a while there I thought I was going to be the only one who didn't think a boy praying was cause for panic.

Yes, the thread is fucking sad, the more so coming from this website. But it's been at least somewhat redeeming to see some voices joining the thread arguing for knowledge and acceptance of people from other cultures.

I hope people who first looked at this story and thought "I'd be scared too" came away from it smarter, understanding that the problem wasn't the ignorance of the boy but the ignorance of the people around him. And I hope if they come across someone praying in that manner in the future, they can recognize it for what it is and not be one of the ignorant ones.
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:20 PM
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98. The ignorant have waaaaaaaay too much power.
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KonaKane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:41 PM
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101. If a Muslim on the plan had begun to pray, there would have been a riot
just a little perspective.
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mrbarber Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:50 PM
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107. If a crazy Christian had taken out a "prayer box"..
and started speaking tongue over it, there would have been a riot.

If someone had stoop up, and declared their love for the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and put on a pirate sash and start singing "A pirates life for me", there would have been a riot.

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invictus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 07:26 AM
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141. +1
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:50 PM
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106. I wonder if it were a blonde blue eyed Christian saying a loud
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 07:53 PM by MadMaddie
prayer would be treated the same?

I understand the apprehension but the day they don't check a Timothy McVeigh type then what?

Just pointing out the obvious!
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mrbarber Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:52 PM
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108. Any proof to back that claim up?
There have been "rowdy" passengers-either drunk or stones or both-who have caused planes to land early. Not sure what their color was, but you made the claim that if they were white, they'd have gotten a free pass.
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:55 PM
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112. Rowdy passengers are one thing you are absolutely right
but in this thread we are specifcally talking about loud praying by a Timothy McVeigh. That is my question? Do you think that individual would be treated as this Jewish individual was?
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mrbarber Donating Member (884 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:25 PM
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121. Someone pray loudly over a box and than strapping it to themselves?
Yeah, I'd say they would be treated just the same.

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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:28 AM
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145. Jesus freaks get kicked off airplanes too
I have no doubt he would be treated the same way, when the religions don't learn how it is acceptable to behave in public these things happen.
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Obamanaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:53 PM
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109. Might depend on whether/not the blonde blue eyed christian had
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 07:55 PM by Obamanaut
little boxes affixed to his person.

In any event, the people here would strongly suggest that he be biblical and pray in the closet.

Which begs the question, why didn't this little boy keep his prayers in the closet?
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:01 PM
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115. Phylactery boxes are tiny
Not that I'm surprised that not too many on a Kentucky-bound flight were unfamiliar with Jewish practices, but these things are very small - about the size of a loup in a case. It looks more like the person is getting ready to shoot up, not blow up his face and hand!
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:30 PM
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124. doing something "different" is not automatically a SAFETY THREAT to others.
while i'll agree with some others on this thread that it shouldn't be overly surprising that other passengers and/or the crew might have been made uncomfortable by someone doing something (apparently) unusual, that is NOT, in and of itself, reason to divert a plane.

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KonaKane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:32 PM
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132. It is if you are the wrong color or religion, these days.
Don't kill the messenger. That's the sad state of reality.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:55 PM
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138. Maybe a Holy Roller should go on a flight to Tel Aviv and start handling snakes...
They could make a movie of it no wait...never mind :dunce:
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howard112211 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 07:37 AM
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142. The other day there was a thread on profiling here. And profiling had lots of fans.
This is a case of profiling. "If it kneels and mumbles on a plane it might be dangerous."

I think religious profiling is wrong. However, you cannot advocate religious profiling against one
religion and then complain that it somehow accidentally extended itsself to other religions.
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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:31 PM
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154. We live in an era of total stupidity, that is all.
Edited on Tue Jan-26-10 08:31 PM by Mass
This remembers me of somebody my husband met when he went to graduate school. The person told him that he was the first Jewish person she met and she was really looking at him as if she was expecting him to have horns and hooves. For him, who had lived all his life at and around Boston, it was a new experience.

It is probable that these people on the plane had no idea that there were Orthodox Jews.
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