“The detention of a woman reading a book about Syria shows the power of writing.”
– AL Kennedy
In the UK
We couldn’t have imagined that Faizah Shaheen with her Middle Eastern-sounding surname and her not-quite-British-enough appearance – a psychotherapist who works to help prevent radicalised grooming of young mental health patients – would try reading a book called Syria Speaks in public. On a plane even. We couldn’t have anticipated that she would be detained and questioned … having apparently committed the offence of Reading On A Plane While Muslim.
A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said: “On 25 July, 2016, officers from South Yorkshire Police stopped and examined a woman under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 at Doncaster Airport.“
In the USA
20 January 2016
Four men were thrown off a flight because their Muslim appearance made crew feel “uneasy”.
21 July 2016
A Muslim passenger was kicked off an American Airlines flight after an attendant announced: “I’ll be watching you.” The flight attendant stated the man’s name and seat number several times, but did not make announcements about other passengers.
5 August 2016
Two Muslim women who work for US government were escorted off a plane as they made staff ‘uncomfortable’.
August 2016 – Muslim-Majority Indonesia Outraged at ‘Bikini’ Snack
The Bikini snack – the name stands for “Bihun kekinian” (trendy rice noodles) – was widely slammed since its packaging depicts a bikini and “squeeze me” instructions on its lower section. Indonesian Child Protection Commission’s Maria Ulfah Anshor said on Thursday that Bikini’s packaging is not suitable for children and may “trigger pornographic thoughts.”
A 19-year-old female known by her initials TW apparently got the idea for the snack from an entrepreneurship class and started producing and selling it in March this year. More than 11,000 bags of Bikini were sold online between March and June.
Pornography is in the eye of the beholder!
The only offence I can think of is plagiarism.