This is a poor example for a free people to set to the oppressive nations of the world:
Mr Jarrar’s black cotton T-shirt bore the slogan “We will not be silent” in both Arabic and English.
He said he had cleared security at John F Kennedy airport for a flight back to his home in California when he was approached by two men who wanted to check his ID and boarding pass. Mr Jarrar said he was told a number of passengers had complained about his T-shirt – apparently concerned at what the Arabic phrase meant – and asked him to remove it.
He refused, arguing that the slogan was not offensive and citing his constitutional rights to free expression.
Mr Jarrar later told a New York radio station: “I grew up and spent all my life living under authoritarian regimes and I know that these things happen. “But I’m shocked that they happened to me here, in the US.”
After a difficult exchange with airline staff, Mr Jarrar was persuaded to wear another T-shirt bought for him at the airport shop.
- BBC News: Arabic T-shirt sparks airport row
We’re not ANY safer with people like that minding the store. How did forcing Mr. Jarrar to change his T-shirt make anyone safer?
The terrorists have us jumping at our own shadows. At an architect wearing a T-shirt with Arabic letters on it. We’re jumping at the sight of cold cream. They must be laughing at us.
Grow up, everyone.