Airline pilot compares veiled women to shameful whores
CAIR is calling on American Airlines to investigate whether an anti-Muslim commentary allegedly written by one of its pilots is a hoax, and if it is not, to repudiate the Islamophobic views expressed in the article.
In a commentary published on the right-wing web site Worldnetdaily.com, Capt. John Maniscalco wrote that he is "worried" by the presence of Arab Muslims in America. He wrote: "I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don't blend in anymore. I notice you, and it worries me."
After describing the reasons for his worries about American Muslims, Maniscalco's commentary degenerates into anti-Muslim bigotry.
He stated: "Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because our women proudly show their faces in public rather than cover up like a shameful whore?...Are you here to take our money? Are you here to undermine our peace and stability? Are you here to destroy us? If so, I want you to leave. I want you to go back to your desert sandpit where women are treated like rats and dogs. I want you to take your religion, your friends, and your family back to your Islamic extremists, and STAY THERE! We will never give in to your influence, your retarded mentality, your twisted, violent, intolerant religion."
"If this is indeed a genuine commentary and not just an Internet hoax, it is a truly disturbing revelation of bigotry on the part of someone who is charged with protecting the lives of a diverse flying public," said CAIR
Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
"We respect Mr. Maniscalco's First Amendment rights and support his right to publish even bigoted views. But American Airlines has a duty to protect its reputation by repudiating hate-speech that is written by someone apparently misusing the company's good name," said Hooper. Hooper added that any Muslim passenger would be justified in feeling uncomfortable knowing that Maniscalco would be his or her pilot.
It was an American Airlines pilot who earlier this year removed a Muslim Secret Service agent from his flight because of alleged racial and religious profiling. The airline is one of four carriers being sued by passengers who claim they weren't allowed to fly because of anti-Arab prejudice. CAIR's Civil Rights Department reports more complaints about profiling on American Airlines than on any other carrier.