He says it’s profiling: “Because I am a Muslim, I was stopped.” Wouldn’t it be refreshing if, even just one time, a Muslim said: “I was stopped, and I don’t mind, because I wholeheartedly support any efforts to root out terrorism from the Islamic community, and I am willing to accept inconvenience to this end.” But instead, CAIR and Co. are jumping on the bandwagon, looking for another victimization case. From AP, with thanks to Nicolei:
A Texas Muslim leader says he and his wife and daughter were detained for two days last weekend after officials at a Canadian airport told him he was considered a security threat.
Mohammed Zaki Alswij, an imam who moved to the United States from Iraq in 1987, said racial profiling may have been to blame for his detention in Vancouver, British Columbia. Alswij, 53, wears a cleric’s robes and a turban as symbols of his religious stature and beliefs.
“This wouldn’t happen to (just) anyone,” Alswij said in Saturday’s edition of the Houston Chronicle. “But because I am a Muslim, I was stopped.”
Nancy Bray, a spokeswoman for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, said she could not discuss the Houston man’s case because of privacy laws. But she said they would not deny a person entry based on his or her race.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy group, said it will ask the U.S. State Department and Canadian authorities to investigate the incident.