Thursday, August 17, 2006

Fox News Airs Suggestion for 'Muslim-Only' Airport Line

Yesterday on Fox News' "Dayside," conservative radio host Mike Gallagher proposed that airports institute a "Muslims only" line for airport travelers during a segment Tuesday on racial profiling. From Newshounds, who "watch FOX so you don't have to":

"Dayside" co-host Juliet Huddy set up the debate by noting that all terrorists have been Muslim extremists. [Fellow co-host Mike] Jerrick claimed that some people oppose racial profiling as "politically incorrect."

"It's not just a matter of political correctness, please," responded [constitutional lawyer Michael] Gross. "It's illegal, it's unconstitutional, unethical, immoral, it shouldn't be done. We do not in this country prejudge a person based upon their race, creed, color, country of national origin and it's wrong to do so and it addition it's not effective. It doesn't work. It actually perpetuates the problem. That is, it separates us."

Gallagher responded that Gross's statements were "absolutely absurd" and claimed that the Traffic Safety Administration is aggressively targeting uniformed members of the military. "Let's have a Muslim-only line," Gallagher said, as Gross started to talk.

Jerrick asked Gallagher to repeat what he said.

"It's time to have a Muslims check-point line in America's airports and have Muslims be scrutinized. You better believe it, it's time," Gallagher said, garnering tepid audience applause.

LSB: Maybe we should create several specials lines to keep the traffic flowing: let's give the Asians a special line where they can buy film as they wait to be screened; African-Americans need a special line, too, because that shuffle they do always slows down the line; but the Hispanics don't really need a line - they can just jump the barricades (like they do at the border) and use any of the lines.

Now that I think about it, I'm not sure a separate check-in line at the airport for Muslims is such a good idea. It's probably better just to ban Muslims from airports all together... or allow no travel... maybe we should provide them special housing, something where we might be able to monitor their every move... and perhaps we should consider sterilizing their women (or any girl that reaches age 12) in order to limit the number of future terrorists... and for those that are Muslim but don't look Arabic, let's have them wear a red crescent on the outside of their clothes (unless they're gay Muslims, then they should wear a pink crescent)...

Pull your head out of your ass, Gallagher! Profiling is a slippery slope to other kinds of dangerous and racist behaviors. It is Un-American!

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