Nutty Northern Neighbors

Some fellow passengers are questioning why an Orthodox Jewish man was removed from an Air Canada Jazz flight in Montreal last week for praying.

The man was a passenger on a Sept. 1 flight from Montreal to New York City when the incident happened.

The airplane was heading towards the runway at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport when eyewitnesses said the Orthodox man began to pray. 

“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.

The man, who spoke neither English nor French, was escorted off the airplane.

Air Canada Jazz termed the situation “delicate,” but says it received more than one complaint about the man’s behaviour.

The crew had to act in the interest of the majority of passengers, said Jazz spokeswoman Manon Stewart.

“The passenger did not speak English or French, so we really had no choice but to return to the gate to secure a translator,” she said.

The airline is not saying if the man was told he was not allowed to pray, but a spokesperson said the man was back on board the next flight to New York.

Jewish leaders in Montreal criticized the move as insensitive, saying the flight attendants should have explained to the other passengers that the man was simply praying and doing no harm.

Hasidic Rabbi Ronny Fine said he often prays on airplanes, but typically only gets curious stares.

“If it’s something that you’re praying in your own seat and not taking over the whole plane, I don’t think it should be a problem,” said Fine.

The Jewish group B’nai Brith Canada has offered to help give Air Canada crews sensitivity training. 

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2006/09/05/qc-hasidicprayeronplane.html

I totally realize that this makes the news because it is somewhat unusual, but I have to wonder what is going on.  Canada tends to be more liberal than the United States, and so we would think that they would be more accepting.  I guess not.  Well…. It does not apply here because ofthe fact that it is a Jew praying.  Jews are monotheistic, and that would mean a belief….  Oh no…. in only one God…. or G-D (for any Jewish readers).  The United States has declared on terrorists, but Leftists have declared war on monotheists.  Beware!  The Leftist’s Axis of Evil (in order of dangerousness):

 Christians, Jews, then Muslims.

~ EE

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Published in: on September 5, 2006 at 10:26 pm  Comments (1)  

3rd Party?

With the discussion about Libertarianism that has taken place in my first post, I thought that I would post a link to a site that I found.  It will give your “ideal party” at the end.  Leave me some feedback and let me know what it said you were and your thoughts on it.

http://www.3pc.net/matchmaker/quiz.html

~ EE

Greetings!

Hello and welcome to the State of Franklin Blog.  I am Elihu Embree, but you can call me Elihu, EE, or E.  If you want, you can research the name Elihu Embree using a simple Google search; however, he was the creator of The Emancipator, which was the first abolitionist newspaper in the United States, which just happened to be printed in Jonesboro.  I plan to further his legacy of attacking current social ills peppered with just discussion of current and historical events, especially in what I will refer to as the State of Franklin. 

As a credibility builder, I will debrief you on my prejudices.  I am extremely Conservative on many, if not most, issues.  I do take a Libertarian approach to many things in the political realm from time to time.  I simply despise the militant pro-abortion crowd that actually seems more pro-abortion than pro-choice.  Very rarely will you hear me refer to them as being pro-choice, because I do not feel that they are.  The ones who place themselves out there, generally are more pro-abortion.  I dislike the two-party system.  It has allowed us as a nation to come to a point where there are few differences between our governmental leaders.  I long for a day when we have a multi-party system where we can vote for a candidate who truly fits our belief system, and we can feel good about it, because we are not made to feel that we are wasting a vote. 

 Our state, Tennessee, has a great history, much of which has taken place in the area known as the “Lost State of Franklin.”  Many of us have heard the adage that Tennessee ends at Knoxville.  Well, the last time I checked, politicians in statewide elections generally win or lose, depending on whether they carry East Tennessee, much of which is East of Knoxville.  I may or may not be a spokesperson of the majority of our area, but I do want to provoke some thought for our area, and the entire state.  Heck, if you are not in Tennessee or in the United States, maybe I can still cause you to think.  I do wish to have your feedback and comments.  If it is not vulgar, I will post it.  I want this blog to be as family-friendly as possible.  If something will be questionable, I will make sure that there is a disclaimer.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you will check back regularly.    

 ~ EE