The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has announced it is filing a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs, and the FBI due to the questions these three federal agencies ask Muslims who attempt to cross our northern border. According to CAIR, the questions are offensive because they touch upon the “religious beliefs and practices” of Muslims entering this country via the U.S./Canadian border.
The CAIR chapter in Michigan is filing the lawsuit on behalf of four Americans who claim the detention they face before being allowed to re-enter the U.S. violated their First Amendment rights. Specifically, they claim the Border Patrol and FBI “detained and handcuffed them without evidence of wrongdoing and questioned them about their religious beliefs and worship habits.”
In other news, I wonder how many lives at Ft. Hood could have been spared if someone had paid better attention to Major Nidal Hasan’s religious beliefs and practices? Or perhaps, how many lives could have been spared on 9/11 had someone paid attention of the religious beliefs and practices and of the 19 hijackers: many of whom uttered the words “Allahu Akbar” before taking thousands of American lives in cold blood?
If a certain strain of Buddhism was frequently linked to people with a penchant for terrorism, every Buddhist entering the country should expect to be questioned regarding his or her beliefs and practices. Likewise, if a certain strain of Roman Catholicism was frequently associated with people who’ve hijacked planes and flown them into buildings in the U.S., every Roman Catholic entering the country should expect to be questioned about his or her religious beliefs and practices. CAIR should know there is no reason for Muslims to get a pass on this line of common sense questions.
Pictured: CAIR-Michigan lawyer Lena Masri.