This morning I was in an airport, waiting to board a plane to come to speak at Ohio State University, which I just did. My flight was delayed, so I opened up the laptop and began to work. Not too long after I began, however, I was approached by two very kind but unmistakably forceful policemen. They explained that they had been told that I was looking at a website about jihad, and they’d like to ask me a few questions.
Of course I was able to explain to them that I was on their side, and that was the end of the matter. But there were a few things that I did not do:
1. Complain about the profiling of swarthy men with black beards.
2. Whine about discrimination.
3. Claim that law enforcement had obviously declared open season on anti-jihad activists.
4. Threaten to sue.
5. Call the ACLU.
I’m glad I was questioned. It shows someone was on the ball — obviously there was no way to tell from a glance at my screen that Jihad Watch is part of the anti-jihad resistance. I’m glad that political correctness and fear of “profiling” didn’t keep the police from approaching me.
Muslims who may find themselves subjected to extra scrutiny at airports should, if they have nothing to hide and truly abhor jihad terrorism as we are told again and again that they do in overwhelming numbers, likewise cooperate with alacrity with authorities.
And in the airport next time I will find a seat against the wall.