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Pilot Refuses to Fly Two Muslim Clerics to Religious Tolerance Conference

Two men dressed in “traditional Muslim garb” were booted from a Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight just before takeoff Friday allegedly because passengers were uncomfortable with their presence.

According to Raw Story, the men, Masudur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghloul, are both imams– Muslim clerics– and were heading from Memphis, Tennessee to a conference on Islamophobia and religious tolerance in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. The men had gone through “multiple security checks” at the airport, were cleared to fly, and boarded the plane.

But Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents soon followed them aboard. According to Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), they “came on and pulled them off and said the pilot was refusing to fly with them because passengers were uncomfortable with them.”

“That history I found today in that plane, and it shouldn’t happen with any other person,” Rahman said, comparing his plight to the Civil Rights movement.

CAIR said the two men are pursuing legal action in regard to the deplorable incident.

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