Ahmed Rehab ["Discrimination fails us all," letters, Dec. 4] of the Council
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Chicago, attacked Rep. Mark Kirk and
the Sun-Times for endorsing Kirk's idea that we can make America safer by
profiling people at airports who physically resemble the 19 murderers who
killed 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11, 2001. CAIR denounced Kirk's reasonable
idea by attempting to silence him and millions of others in our country who
want to protect us by alleging anti-Arab discrimination. CAIR knows that
whenever the charge of discrimination is leveled against anyone in the
United States, that person is supposed to immediately stop expressing his
opinion, beg forgiveness from organizations that silence free speech and do
penance by reversing himself on the opinion he expressed.
Nobody should ever be silenced for exercising his constitutional right to
free speech, and no American should ever cower from expressing opinions
about how to better protect his fellow Americans because of groups that
falsely accuse him of "discrimination." Let a fair debate on profiling
begin, and let all sides have their say.