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....and the irrational fears begin once again.

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  • Center Left
    Independent
    Denton, TX
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    Fox Boston article

    A plane was brought back to its gate when some "concerned marathoners" overheard two people speaking Arabic. These two Arabic speakers were then escorted off the plane.

    If this is the whole truth. And the people were removed just for speaking a foreign language, then that is the utmost form of discrimination. There are zero public leads currently that even link the bombings to the Arabic speaking world. Even if there were leads that the suspects are Arabic, that does not mean you just round up every who speaks Arabic, that is also a gross violation of the Constitution and human rights. It's a disgrace that people have this frame of thought, and it's shameful that the airline validated by removing the people.

    Of course, this whole rant will become null and void if there were other, legitimate reasons to remove the two that were not in this article.
  • Independent
    Dover, TN
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    It's disturbing when I hear unfounded accusations and slander against the Islamic, Muslim, or Arabic people. They have rights just as others do. If they are American Citizens then they have the same rights as any other American. Some would say that by this statement that I don't support our troops. I'm a veteran of Desert Shield/Storm and I also remember the oath I took when enlisting into the military, "I XXXXXXXX do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic". I'm very aware of our Constitution and the reason why many of the issues spelled out in it are included. The very 1st protection of the 5 protection in the very 1st Amend is, " Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" in the Bill of Rights. Not that any protection is greater than the other it can only show that our Fore Fathers could foresee issues arising around Religion. I'm a firm believer in the freedom to practice what ever Religion on may chose. There are limits to how one may practice, such as causing harm to another or another's property should not be allowed.

    The next issue addressed by the Bill of Rights is freedom of speech. When this Country was founded not all spoke the English language so I can only assume that during our private/semi private conversations one is free to speak in what ever language they chose. I understand the need for a common language to conduct business in. I'm concerned at the amount of money spent by Gov printing documents offered for the public in multiple languages. But for a commercial airliner to be turned around just because of two travelers speaking a language some took offense to is grossly absurd.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    There is a long history of ..."the utmost form of discrimination"... in the USA and the rest of the world.

    Remember the Japanese Americans who were rounded up and herded off to camps during WWII?
    Why? Pearl Harbor.

    Discrimination against Arabic speakers in present day America, especially right after another terror attack on American soil.
    Why? 9-11.

    Is it right? Hell no, it's as wrong now as it was then, but if you are looking for a reason...there you go.
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Denton, TX
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    I'm not really looking for a reason. Ideally, I hope to illuminate the problem and issue so it can be addressed and prevented in the future.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    You can illuminate the problem and issue so it can be addressed all you want but it will not be prevented in the future. There are all those 24 hour "news" channels, all those tabloids, all those talk show hosts, and they all have to have material/speculation/propaganda to fill all those hours.
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Central, FL
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    Hopefully by "illuminating" the problem there can be a consensus that this is a ridiculous form of prejudice. There are probably those out there that want the whole world to speak English so we can understand them. Small minded for sure. Just like not liking or trusting others because they are different than you. Things like this event sure doesn't help the USA seem like an intelligent/developed country.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Having a global lanquage is not such a bad idea,it would lead to a better understanding of each others cultures,sans the lanquage barrier of course, the scientific communitty uses latin as a central lanquage for identifying crucial elements in their own field of science because of possible misinterpetetions of results of studies and applications of theories by using so many different lanquages.
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Denton, TX
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    I am actually for a global language. I don't care what it is. But I'll learn it and use it. Now, lets get 7 billion people to vote on one.

    Slightly off topic, Arabic is one of the most beautiful written languages that I have seen. Seriously, look up some written text. It's gorgeous.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    I have read some english translated Arabic prose and also some Letters from Kahil Gibran, a Lebanon born christian, philosopher. The Arabic Lanquage is certainly very flowery and beautiful, and I might add lengthy.