Arabic-speaking Khairuldeen Makhzoomi was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight for questioning. He was innocent of any wrong-doing. He accused his interviewers of "Islamophobia". It seemed obvious to me that his questioning had more to do with the threat of plane hijackings and murders of innocent passengers by Islamic extremists than some irrational, fact-free prejudice against Muslims. But, the media blared and the blogosphere howled "Islamophobia".
Hence the poll.
Forty-six of you voted Security, two Islamophobia, and two "a bit of both". That's 92% for Security and 4% each for Islamophobia or "a bit of both".
Makhzoomi's self-described "ordeal" and moment in the sun was pushed off the front pages by Canadian John Ridsdel, who underwent an ordeal of his own: beheading by Muslim extremists. Perhaps I should have a poll on whose ordeal was greater or whether we should be grateful for security steps to keep us safe.
Thanks for voting. If you haven't read it, there's a more detailed post below.
Peace on earth, good-will towards men.
And that's the way the Ball bounces.