Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Debating Profiling... sort of.

Paranoia is high as we keep saying, which explains why profiling muslims is considered as an option by more and more people. The debate over profiling Muslims at airports is of course raging in some conservative circles. ThinkProgress reported how FoxNews conservative host Mike Gallagher debated with Michael Gross, a constitutional law attorney.

Watch the video here (hear the applause when GALLAGHER suggested we have a Muslim-only line.)

GROSS: Don’t discriminate based upon race, creed, color, country of national origin.

GALLAGHER: Let’s have a Muslim-only line.

GROSS: What uniform you are wearing. What we want to do is look at behavior. We want to stop people who behave wrongly.

JERRICK: Michael, I think you missed a Mike Gallagher line there. What did you just say about different lines?

GALLAGHER: It’s time to have a Muslims check-point line in American airports and have Muslims be scrutinized. You better believe it. It’s time.

GROSS: Of course, your prejudice, which means to prejudge when you say Muslims or any people of any faith should be treated unequally because of their faith. You are absolutely wrong. Most Arabs are not Muslims. Most Muslims are not Arabs. You don’t have your facts straight. And Mr. Gallagher, how would you feel if we had a line for the Irish which English people were doing during the I.R.A. problems.

For more arguments as to why profiling muslims is nonsensical, read our post here.

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