An orthodox Jewish prayer observance… aboard an Alaska Airlines flight on Sunday alarmed flight attendants unfamiliar with the ritual, prompting them to lock down the cockpit and issue a security alert…
The three men, all Mexican nationals, were escorted off the plane by police and questioned by the FBI before being released…
It turned out the passengers were engaged in the wearing of tefillin — small, black prayer boxes containing scripture that devout Jews bind to their foreheads and arms with black leather straps in a daily ritual accompanied by special prayers.
First off, why would any Mexican want to be Jewish? Were they not feeling discriminated against enough? Maybe they should have started making out with each other as well. Cover all their bases.
Secondly, ignorant hysteria aside, don’t you think a modicum of discretion is in order concerning when and where you perform your scary religious rituals? Are you completely unaware of the political climate in which we exist? You couldn’t have played with your S&M prayer straps before the flight? To me, the whole thing reeks of goy baiting.
Freedom of religion is a two-way street. It is there to ensure the rights of crazy kooks, but what many people forget is that it also serves to protect normal people from having their lives infringed upon by religion. So practice your voodoo in the shameful privacy of your own home. When you take it to the streets (skies), you are being selfish and intolerant of non-religious people. Public space is communal space. Show some fucking courtesy.