My husband sent me this article from YNet News this afternoon.
Passengers on an Air Canada Jazz flight from Montreal to New York claim that a fellow passenger, an ultra-Orthodox man, was removed from the plane after he began praying, Canadian news site CBC reported...
Following up with the CBC, I found this article on the subject.
No freedom of religion for you, not if you live in Canada. That goes double if you're Jewish.
"He was clearly a Hasidic Jew," said Yves Faguy, a passenger seated nearby. "He had some sort of cover over his head. He was reading from a book.
"He wasn't exactly praying out loud but he was lurching back and forth," Faguy added.
The action didn't seem to bother anyone, Faguy said, but a flight attendant approached the man and told him his praying was making other passengers nervous.
"The attendant actually recognized out loud that he wasn't a Muslim and that she was sorry for the situation but they had to ask him to leave," Faguy said.
They kicked him off the plane for praying, claiming that it was making other passengers nervous. I'd love to know which passengers he was making nervous, especially since the article also says that he wasn't bothering anyone. Both can't be true folks! What kills me most is the description: "some sort of cover... a book... lurching..." You moron! That's a prayer shawl, likely a Torah and the lurching is how Orthodox Jewish people pray. Comparing him to a muslim??? Could you be any more ignorant? One wonders how that conversation even went.
"Sir, we know you aren't a Muslim, but would you mind not praying? The captain's an atheist and he's afraid God will hear you."
True north strong and...
I love the B'Nai Brith's offer of sensitivity training. I say a good old fashioned size twelve to the rear ought to do it.