Religious Persecution of Muslims In The US
More Giants fans claim racial profiling
By JOTHAM SEDERSTROM
DAILY NEWS WRITER
Four fans celebrating a birthday at Giants Stadium were plucked from their
seats by New Jersey State Police and detained for nearly an hour as FBI agents
probed their religious beliefs, the men charged yesterday.
The alleged racial profiling during the Sept. 19 Giants-Saints game - the second
such charge leveled against the stadium on that day - humiliated the men and
set off a barrage of hateful jibes from fans in the upper deck, they said.
"When we got the tickets we said, 'This was going to be a day we'll never
forget,'" said Mathew Varughese, a Westchester County lawyer. "And,
indeed, it was a day we'll never forget."
Varughese, 26, an Indian-American, said FBI agents were cordial, but aggressive
as they probed the mens' religious backgrounds and nationalities before releasing
them 45 minutes later.
They also allegedly asked the men - two Indian-Americans, a Dominican-American
and another friend who is multiracial - if they had cameras or if they had been
praying. The friends, all of whom are Christian, answered 'no' to both questions.
A group of Muslim men have said they were the victims of racial profiling and
detained at the game for praying.
Varughese and his friends do not plan on filing a lawsuit.
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and the FBI denied the allegations.
FBI spokesman Steve Siegel said the agents had responded to concerns from other
While I do not agree with the following:
1. War crimes committed by the US are NOT REALLY war crimes.
2. Wars of aggression instigated by the US are NOT REALLY wars
3. The persecution of religious and racial minorities in the US is NOT
REALLY the persecution of religious and racial minorities.
I must admit that I agree with the following:
1. The US is NOT REALLY the land of opportunity.
2. Democracy in the US is NOT REALLY democracy.
3. Freedom in the US is NOT REALLY freedom.