According to a lawsuit filed in federal court, a young boy was banned from access to a city bus by the driver after reciting a prayer in Arabic. The child was not only denied a ride home from school but was called a “terrorist.”
The boy had lost his Metrocard. Like many people do, he started to pray, recited a Muslim prayer and soon located his ticket for the bus.
Unfortunately by that time, the driver decided that Metrocard or not, the young student could not board the bus.
MTA officials did meet with the family. The child, who was two days away from his eleventh birthday and is now twelve, has already witnessed prejudice first hand.
Initially, the young New Yorker refused to utilize public transpiration, but now realizes he has every right to do so.
Two thoughts about faith. Often religious people resort to prayer. It is a solace. The faithful believe in some type of divine intervention. At least such words can provide comfort.
Sadly, there is a mobius strip of hate that found in elected officials, television pundits and too many citizens. The prejudice of one group feeds the other until some voters demand more conservative and biased leaders. The process further exacerbates the problem. Radio and television augment the fears and misunderstandings.
Until the day a young boy cannot board a bus.