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"Shallow, uneducated and ignorant." That's how some people describe what happened over the weekend when four Muslims were denied their flights: two in New York and two in Memphis. North American Imams Federation Chairman Dr. El Tayeb Abuelyaman, speaking on behalf of the four passengers, says "Just because of my name, just because I'm Muslim, it doesn't mean that I'm a terrorist."

All of the men were headed here, to Charlotte, for an imam conference. Imams are leaders similar to a pastor or priest. The story goes that the pilot on the flight from Memphis made the call to kick Masudur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghoul off the plane. That was an Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight, an affiliate of Delta.

The men were re-booked on a later flight.


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