“Islamophobia” shock horror: Muslim Bollywood star detained at US airports

The mainstream media narrative, and the line of the political elites, is that Muslims are more sinned against than sinning, and that “Islamophobia” is a rampant problem warranting government attention. This has the effect of making Muslims a special protected class, deserving of special solicitude. Thus whenever there is a jihad massacre, the mainstream media is filled with stories about how Islam is a religion of peace, and that the jihad killers were actually mentally ill or motivated by something else, and Muslims at the local mosque are bracing themselves for a backlash, etc.

Skeptical that Muslims are a protected class today? Consider this:

Shah Rukh Khan was detained at several US airports. The Indian government complained. The US ambassador to India, Rich Verma, apologized and “said authorities were working to ensure it did not happen again.” The US State Department’s assistant secretary on south and central Asian affairs, Nisha Biswal, tweeted to Khan, saying she was “sorry for the hassle.”

The detentions are also international news: Khan’s predicament has been written up by CNN,Economic Times, the Canadian Press, the Wall Street Journal and others.

Meanwhile, I am routinely detained when I travel into Canada. Once I was detained for three hours in the Toronto airport, questioned about “hate speech,” and had all my belongings thoroughly searched and all my papers carefully scrutinized, even receipts for lunch, apparently in a search for that “hate speech.” Another time I crossed by car from Buffalo, and was detained forty-five minutes in the Canadian border office. I’ve also been detained in the Ottawa airport. (The only time I’ve entered Canada and not been detained was last month, when at the Toronto airport I was asked why I was there and I answered: “I’m giving a talk.” “Where?” “Al-Quds Day.” I got right in.)

After all that, The Rebel, which was the only news outlet that covered the story of my being detained, made a formal request of Canadian government authorities for an explanation of why I was detained. They got stonewalled. The US government did not complain. I got no apology from the Canadian ambassador to the US or the Canadian Foreign Affairs ministry.

Now, there is a simple and primary reason for the difference in how Shah Rukh Khan has been treated and how I have been: he is much more famous than I am. When a film superstar is detained at the airport, it’s international news; when an obscure writer is detained at the airport, it isn’t. But if I were as famous as Shah Rukh Khan, I expect that the situation would be exactly the same, because he is a Muslim and I am reviled, falsely but widely, as a “hatemonger,” and listed as such by the libelous hard-Left Southern Poverty Law Center, which works with the FBI against “hate groups.”

When a Muslim who is not a jihadi is detained at an airport, that’s news: it fits the media narrative of Muslim victimhood. Governmental apologies are in order. When a foe of jihad terror and Sharia oppression is detained at an airport, that’s not news, and no apologies are warranted: he is just a “hatemonger” who had it coming.


“Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan stopped at US airport,” BBC, August 12, 2016:

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan has expressed his disappointment at being “detained” by US authorities at Los Angeles International Airport.

It is not clear why Khan was detained, or for how long.

The US ambassador to India has apologised for the detention and said authorities were working to ensure it did not happen again.

In 2012, Khan was detained for 90 minutes at the White Plains airport near New York.

In 2009, he was stopped for two hours at Newark airport. He was released after India’s embassy intervened….

Although there was no comment from immigration officials, the US State Department’s assistant secretary on south and central Asian affairs, Nisha Biswal, tweeted to Khan, saying she was “sorry for the hassle”, adding that US diplomats also face this situation.

Later, the US ambassador to India, Rich Verma, apologised to Khan.

Some Indians wondered why one of Bollywood’s biggest stars was routinely detained at US airports.

In the 2012 incident, the actor arrived on a private plane and was on his way to Yale University for a function when he was stopped.

An Indian government minister said at the time that this “policy of detention and apology by the US cannot continue”.

US customs and border protection authorities later expressed “profound” apologies for the incident….


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