My rights, they’re gone: Raed Jarrar’s Story

Time to get serious after all those parodies and videos from YouTube. Although we are all being asked to give up some rights for security, when do we lose too many rights. Muslim people through out the United States are being discriminated against, but it is for security after all. Right?

Raed Jarrar at Conference

Raed Jarrar, was held up at an airport for wearing the shirt in the picture above. The Arabic writing says, “We will not be silent.” Jet Blue though, the airline who he was going to fly with asked him to change is shirt since it, “offended the passengers.” Now tell me, is this not against freedom of speech?

I am not the best story teller so here is the story.

What do you think about this?

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~ by blitzboy07 on August 26, 2006.

One Response to “My rights, they’re gone: Raed Jarrar’s Story”

  1. I think that the sticky issues of personal freedoms and freedom of speech often smack up against the freedom of a company to sell their product (in this case, air travel) to whomever they choose. While we make a big stink about ‘prejudice’ and ‘discrimination’ in this country, most of still reserve the right to associate with the type of people with whom we’re most comfortable.
    While many communities have enacted laws to force businesses to hire without thought to a person’s religious belief, we do not yet have many laws requiring a business to sell their goods or services to anyone who asks for it.
    I honestly think that businesses who refuse to sell a product to a paying customer often do more harm to their brand than good. But I also think that businesses should not be forced to sell unless citizens are also forced to buy. And no one forced Mr. Jarrar to purchase a plane ticket.
    The unfortunate fact is that American’s were and continue to be attacked by people who can read his shirt. People speaking the language he wears record their last words on video before traveling into Israeli streets and blowing themselves and bystanders up. Terrorists (or freedom fighters or bad guys or whatever you choose to call them) plant improvised explosive devices along busy convoy areas to detonate when American soldiers drive by. Each of them could wear a shirt such as this without offending their sensibilities. Mr. Jarrar’s shirt defiantly claims that he has a right to speak out, which he does, but his reaction to the way he was treated suggests that he doesn’t believe that the airline has a right to deny him their services.
    After reading Mr. Jarrar’s story, I am struck by the notion that I would have reacted in a similar way. Except, I would not have taken off the shirt or covered it. I would have been clear about my beliefs and probably been thrown off the flight. He didn’t have to get on the plane. He didn’t have to succumb just so he could travel in a timely manner.
    But then, he has recourse and he’s exercising it now. He’s speaking out. His shirt, written in a language that a minority of American’s can read, suggests that he will not be silent. He’s fulfilling that promise.

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