GayPatriot and an Arab Passenger
"On the Dulles-Atlanta leg (Delta Flight 748 to be exact), there was a bit of an issue surrounding an Arabic gentleman sitting in the exit row across the aisle from me. I know he was Arabic because he was reading a book with Arabic text. You see, you have to speak fluent English to sit in the exit row in order to handle instructions and give out orders in the case of emergency. Now what if the new al-Qaeda strategy involved bringing down planes by reaching over in mid-air and pulling out the emergency exit doors on the wings? I nearly got up and said something to the flight attendant to complain about my safety. And I probably should have. But instead I kept my eye on the man the whole way. "Let me say it clearly. Not all Muslims or persons of Arab descent are terrorist. This is plain stereotyping based upon one's race or beliefs. While I certainly understand the fear involved, I pray we are the type of people who can rise above our fears and live in the type of society in which we have always believed. A society where people are not thought of or treated differently based upon race, sex, beliefs or orientation. On a side note, I guess I expected more from GayPatriot. His writing is still exceptional even though he and I don't always see eye to eye.
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