Friday, February 12, 2010

Airport Body Scanners and Islamic Law

A number of years ago during my research into Islam and Islamic belief (a part of my then general investigation of religion, a result of which is my large collection of Islamic literature) I discovered the Muslim view on modesty; even men when they are together have to keep certain parts of their bodies covered so that other men can't see them, unlike in our "Christian" culture, where even children are forced to traipse around nude in front of members of the same sex (remember gym class?).

In fact the issue of school PE comes up in Islamic online forums. One individual stated "Getting exempted from PE is not an option. They wouldn't even let me do that temporarily for my first Ramadan". Which brings up the question of why anyone puts up with public school tyranny in the first place. Are we slaves or free?

In Islam Awrah is the term for parts of the body that must remain covered except when in private. Well, now a group of Islamic scholars have ruled that those intrusive (and possibly dangerous to your health-though I found one pro-state troll's typical sheeple response amusing: The scanners could not possibly be as hazardous as having your plane blow up) airport scanners violate Islamic law:

The Fiqh Council of North America – a body of Islamic scholars that includes some from Michigan – issued a fatwa this week that says going through the airport scanners would violate Islamic rules on modesty.

“It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women,” reads the fatwa issued Tuesday. “Islam highly emphasizes haya (modesty) and considers it part of faith. The Quran has commanded the believers, both men and women, to cover their private parts.”

Now, in my opinion you don't have to be a Muslim to object to having the drooling TSA idiots in their Nazi uniforms invading your privacy and glaring at your body. Have the Security State-worshiping "conservatives" no shame, at long last, have they no shame at all?


  1. I don't know whether or not they're unsafe, but I do know the scanners use X-Rays. I don't even want to imagine those frequent flying business travellers.

    Gym class was a little creepy...

    You know what might solve the problem? Allow airlines to run their own security. If an airline actually wants to blow the money on those scanners at their gates, go for it. I will be flying on the airline that lets you drive up to the plane on the tarmac with part of a chain-link fence on the hood of your car, a la Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

  2. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was attempting to browse this topic via googling "body scanners" and was presented with heaps of nothing but islamophobic hate speech.

    It seems that a lot of people would rather throw themselves neck deep into a sea of bigotry than bother making note of the fact that their privacy is being violated in such a huge way.

    Seriously - thanks for allowing me to get back to believing that not everyone is a totally bigoted douche.

  3. "my large collection of Islamic literature"

    Gah, you must be one of those Terrusts! Burn the Heretic!

    Seriously, nice post.

  4. I totally disagree with you about this topic, but I am glad to see another blog making use of RT as a source of information. The American media needn't be the only source for information, and it certainly isn't reliable.

  5. Well if we were allowed to racial profile and be politically incorrect, we wouldn't have to use body scanners, now, would we!? We could just look in the underwear and up the baarkas of anyone we suspected of packing harm.
    Keep threatening to terrorize and we will continue to take away your modesty.

  6. Because there is a constant threat to our national security, we should be able to check every pair of underwear and look up any baarka we feel is necessary to maintain our security. If they don't like it TOUGH S***!...walk or drive to your destination. All other countries in the world seem to be intolerant of threats to their security. Why can't we as a nation do the same?

  7. Jenn, where did you learn how to be such a good little pro-state troll?


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