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Published:February 16th, 2010 21:50 EST
Scanners at Airports Violate Islamic Rules on Modesty

Scanners at Airports Violate Islamic Rules on Modesty

By SOP newswire2

 

On Fox and Friends this morning, Steve Doocy hosted a discussion about concerns from Muslim-Americans that full-body scanners at airports violate Islamic rules on modesty.

After former homeland security research analyst Michael Hoffman suggested that some profiling was needed for airport security, Doocy brought up his wife`s experiences going through airport security, saying that she gets searched even though she does not look like what we have presumed the people who want to blow up airlines look like.

Ahmed Rehab, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago, quickly rebuked Doocys comment about the presumed appearance of terrorists. Behavioral profiling is one thing, how they look like is another, said Rehab. How they look like is racial profiling, which I`m not for. Doocy replied by asserting that all potential airline terrorists look alike. (More)

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A gracious thank you to Ruben Navarrette, author of, "A missed opportunity against profiling," for bringing up the importance of addressing racial profiling. I also wished President Obama had condemned racial profiling during his State of the Union address.

This taboo subject has been swept under the rug. Racial profiling has been emotionally and mentally damaging for Muslim Americans. Without strong people speaking out against racial profiling innocent people will continue to be oppressed.

Singling people out because of their ethnicity or religion is wrong. If we want to tighten national security, we should focus on using intelligence more effectively and look out for suspicious behavior.

After all, racial profiling contradicts our Constitutional values and has been proven ineffective as research shows it hasn`t kept Americans any safer.

Frances Boehnlein
Communications intern, Council on American Islamic Relations - Chicago

Judyth Piazza chats with Steve Doocy, FOX news