Air Canada staff saw the bearded man praying in a strange way, uttering words in a Middle Eastern language. He seemed obsessed, and wouldn't respond to crew requests to stop. So they turned the plane around and had police take him off. It was a "delicate" situation, said the airline. "The crew had to act in the interest of the majority of passengers."[Via Bill Cork. Here's the CBC story.] This is just ludicrous. And I'm sure in the more rightish areas of the blogosphere there'd be nods of approval had the man been Muslim. Let's hope there's proper outrage at just what this is: bigotry and anti-Semitism. Pure and simple. It would have been equally absurd had the man, in fact, been Muslim ... or Hindu or Christian ... how paranoid are we really?
Some folks will no doubt defend the actions of the airline and the paranoid fears of the passengers.
But the Jewish community in Montreal is very upset.