(SAN DIEGO, CA, 12/24/14) — The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) today calledÂ for an inquiry into a local flight schoolâ€™s use of a manual containing Islamophobic and sexist illustrations to train pilots.
CAIR-San Diego called for thatÂ inquiry after receiving reports of inappropriate images in the manual, â€œEverything Explained for the Professional Pilot,â€ which is used at California Flight Academy.Â
The manual depicts a scantily clad flight attendant saying â€œCoffee, tea, or. . .?â€ in apparent imitation of the outdated advertising phase â€œcoffee, tea or me.â€ It also shows a person with his faced covered by a keffiyeh (a traditionalÂ Middle EasternÂ headdress) holding what appears to be a Quran (Islamâ€™s revealed text) and a knife stating â€œAllah is great. . .Life sucks!â€ in a section of the manual on â€œprohibition against carriage of weapons.â€
SEE: Sexist and Islamophobic Illustrations
Cover of â€˜Everything Explained for the Professional Pilotâ€™
â€œWe are shocked that the editor, the teachers and the academy administrators have allowed this kind of inappropriate and unprofessional material to go unchallenged,â€Â said CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi.Â Â
Mohebi said American Muslims have long been concerned about religious and ethnic profiling at airports by security and airline personnel.
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In a letter sent to the academy and copied to the Federal Aviation Administration, CAIR Civil Rights Litigation Director Jenifer Wicks wrote in part:
â€œProfessional training should not include the use of religious and gender stereotypes. The use of this unprofessional training material can only serve to create a hostile learning environment for your students and to promote a bigoted and stereotypical view of women and of Islam. We urge you to take all appropriate measures to correct this situation and to ensure that textbooks and materials used in your training are free of sexism and anti-Muslim bias.â€
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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