Monday, our own Eric Black got a few thousand web hits laying out the evidence in the “flying imams” case. It was a fine, fact-based (if implicit) rebuke to former colleague Katherine Kersten’s “blame the ump” gambit in the Strib.
Kersten, who largely elided such evidence, ended her OpEx column by finding a Muslim willing to decry “victimization” and sign off on the imams’ removal and detention. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser’s American Islamic Forum for Democracy appears to be a two-person shop, at least according to its website, but if nothing else, his advocacy proves Muslims are not a monolith, if you need that reminder.
In that vein, it’s worth reading an interview with Bloomington imam Ikram-Ul-Huq in the Asian American Press, via Twin Cities Daily Planet. According to reporter Tom Laventure, Ikram took his out-of-town colleagues to the airport and prayed with them for 45 minutes before the fateful flight.
Just another America-hating terrorist? Stow your stereotypes! According to the story, “Ikram … is also vice chair of his District 37A Republican Party Board, and chairman of his local precinct.”