Yesterday, there was a Muslim riot at Playland in Rye, New York. Who was behind it? Two radicalized, pro-shariah organizations--CAIR and the Muslim American Society (MAS)--which orchestrated the confrontation and is now busily generating publicity that casts their members as victims.
It seems that Muslims converged on the park to celebrate the end of Ramadan, and then a few Muslim women got into an argument with ride operators over a safety rule. This escalated into what CAIR is calling a blatant example of discrimination and abuse of power.
It actually involved Muslims punching and spitting on park employees and cops, and it resulted in two injured park rangers and 15 arrests (including two felony charges).
Some of the rides (and this is standard at amusement parks) have restrictions in place to ensure passenger safety.
Often, roller coasters have height requirements, and these aren't suspended when the Little People Club of North America goes to Six Flags.
If you wear glasses, you're also supposed to remove them on a lot of rides. Is that fair to the near-sighted? Or: does the person sitting in the car behind a myopic passenger have the "right" to enjoy the ride without getting whacked in the face when bifocals become projectiles?
According to the parks director, "parks officials “painstakingly” told the organizer about the headgear ban, said (Peter)Tartaglia. But he said that the rules might not have been communicated by the organizer to some attendees."
I doubt that. I would bet a thousand dollars that when Mr. Tartaglia's staff went over these rules with MAS organizers, their ears pricked up: A gift from God! Another opportunity to force a non-Muslim entity to comply with shariah ! How sweet is that?
Further, I bet another thousand dollars that MAS conveyed this information to their members and told them how to find opportunities to exploit this.
Here's why this is NOT an example of bias: Muslim men not wearing headgear WERE allowed on the ride. So were Muslim women who were not wearing hijab. So obviously this is not about Muslims.
The majority of Muslim women in the US do NOT wear hijab. You never think about that because they blend in with everyone else. Hijab is, as I've stated before, a political tool and is not mandated by the Qur'an.
As for the idea that Muslimas wear hijab out of modesty and because they want to be appreciated for their "minds" and not their physical appearance, what's with the trend of the fancy hijabs with all the bling? How are you not calling attention to yourself by calling attention to yourself? Take a look at the video of the park incident....these fancy-schmancy hijabs are not about keeping a low profile, they're about proclaiming an affiliation with militant Islam, demanding special treatment, and then, when told they have to follow the same rules as everyone else, screaming BIAS !!!!!
Examples of so-called "islamophobia" are so difficult to find, they have to be fabricated. This is one of those times. This was a set-up from the beginning, and the police responded the way they were expected to, which just "proved" that Muslims were being picked on.
This is significant: "A park cashier told a Journal News reporter that a woman wearing a hijab either pushed or hit a ride operator who forbade her from going on the ride. She said a police officer tried to restrain the woman and the woman’s husband took offense, at which point a multiple-person fight broke out."
Note that even though the aggressor, according to the witness, was a hijab-wearing woman, the husband took offense at a response from a cop, who was more than likely male. This is also part of CAIR's shariah-in-the-public sector initiative: they say so on their own website, where you can download "guides" for law enforcement, healthcare workers, school personnel, and employers.
All of those entities are supposed to be educated about Islam so that they don't cause offense, which means they have to comply with, for instance, gender-segregation rules. A male cop is NEVER supposed to touch a Muslim female, and a female cop is NEVER supposed to lay a finger on a male Muslim. That's ridiculous--police are never supposed to detain a person of the opposite sex if they might be Muslim?
In this case, MAS and CAIR knew that hijab-wearing women would be the perfect test of park policy: when the park enforced the rules, the women would become victims, even if this meant they had to physically assault park employees in order to force a confrontation. And then, no matter how the employee responded, it would be WRONG. The employee could either allow him/herself to be punched, the employee could fight back (anti-Muslim battery),the employee could rely on the cops (who would respond inappropriately by violating shariah and restraining a woman)....or the park could modify its rules to say, "No headgear allowed on rides, except for Muslim women who are to be treated with kid gloves and allowed to do anything they want."
Discrimination, whether it's FOR or AGAINST a group, is still discrimination.
I really hate that CAIR is always the spokes-organization for Muslims. The media, without fail, seeks their input whenever any Muslim-related story appears in the news. But even someone who is not schooled in Islamic culture, or who only has a general understanding of Muslim beliefs, should be able to recognize CAIR for what it is: radical, fundamentalist, political, and extreme.
This is as if the mainstream news organizations, like the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times, only solicited opinions involving black social issues from the Black Panthers. Never the NAACP, never leaders of more specific organizations that actually do have insight into whatever issue comes up. If the American public were told, over and over again, that the Black Panthers is the only group that represents black Americans, and that their opinion is the only opinion that counts, that would convey a very narrow and subjective view of black concerns.
Yet that's what the media does with CAIR. They imbue CAIR with all this fake authority, and then CAIR gets to make up the rules. And no one questions this!
Or, actually, I have tried to point this out in Letters to the Editor, but then the paper prints rebuttals from--you guessed it, CAIR !! And they never call me out on the facts, they resort to name-calling.
CAIR's leadership has been in bed with Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other nefarious groups since its inception. They've received money from questionable sources. Again and again, they've made a big deal out of "Islamohpobia" incidents which then turn out to have been perpetrated by Muslims.
And, as I said above, they issue "guides" for training non-Muslims how to observe shariah. That's what happened at the amusement park, and it's happening all over the country.
A number of years ago, long before 9/11, the local paper carried a story about the park district's emerging problem with Muslim women at the swimming pool. The park had a rule that insisted on swimwear for anyone at the pool, and it also required anyone entering the pool area to shower and walk through a foot bath. This is standard. It's a public health issue. You can't march in off the street and jump into a swimming pool, and you can't walk around poolside wearing street shoes that have just tromped through who knows what.
Several Muslim women banded together and pressured the park supervisor to suspend these rules for them because they thought it was unfair to deny them access on the basis of their religion...they wanted to enter the pool area fully clothed. But the rules weren't religiously-based. They had no intention of swimming--they had children who were in the pool--and they wanted to hang out and socialize with each other while their kids swam.
Adults are supposed to accompany children at pools, but they're supposed to be supervising their kids IN the pool, not observing them from the general area.
If this sort of rule is so unimportant, why have any restriction around the pool at all? Why not let dogs hop in and swim with their owners--a lot of Newfoundlands would love it.
I wrote a letter to the paper defending the park supervisor, and I got hate mail accusing me of bigotry. I also got a phone call from the supervisor thanking me for sticking up for him.
He told me that the paper had reported on only the tip of the iceburg. In fact, this group of women had bullied their way into the pool area and had taken it upon themselves to openly criticize women who, in their opinion, were NOT appropriately attired. In other words, women who were in swimming suits. Women who came to the pool to swim felt intimidated and harrassed, but when they complained about non-swimmers making their day at the pool an ordeal, they, too, were called "bigots."
That's probably the way this incident will play out, too. The amusement park will probably be forced to back down, otherwise they'll be perceived as being mean and intolerant.
It will take an accident or an injury to change that, but it probably won't result in rteinstating the no-headgear rule. It will probably result in a bug lawsuit and shuttering the park for good.
And that will be a victory for CAIR, too--because, like the Ayatollah Khomeini said, "There is no fun in Islam!"