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Jalees Rehman, M.D.: Catholic Nun Forcibly Removed From Plane for Wearing “Muslim Garb”

13 April 2011 Huffington Post 8 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Warning: This is a satirical piece!

By: Jalees Rehman, M.D.

April 5, 2011 DAYTON, OH – Sister Cora-Ann, a Catholic nun from the Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Dayton, Ohio got the surprise of her life yesterday, when she was asked to leave the plane she had just boarded at the Omaha International Airport. “I had just sat down in my seat, and started to thank God for our blessings and recite a prayer in Latin”, she recalled, when one of the passengers sitting next to me called the flight attendant. The passenger was Elizabeth Bennet, who later stated: “It is not that we were prejudiced, but she did seem very suspicious. She was dressed in Muslim garb and just before we were about to take off, she started mumbling something in an Arabian or Talibani-sounding language. What was I supposed to do?” Damien Thorn was a passenger seated in the adjacent row and said: “I knew there was something sinister about her, the moment she stepped into the plane. She was wearing those burqa clothes that you see the Iranian women wearing, and she only had a very small carry-on bag.” The flight attendant responded to the call and asked Sister Cora-Ann for her name, boarding pass and a photo ID.

Blanche Dubois was another passenger sitting close to Sister Cora-Ann and explained: “Once I heard that her name sounded like Koran, I got worried. That does not mean that there is anything wrong with me, does it? I just did not want to die. I was so scared, that I just yelled out her name to all passengers.” Mr. Okonkwo was a passenger seated a few rows behind and stated: “Once we all heard that the passenger’s name was Koran, things started falling apart.” Frodo Baggins, a frequent traveler, said he had heard that Muslims do not eat beef. “I did not think that she was Muslim, and to help her out, I took out some of my beef jerky and asked the lady to eat it to prove that she was not a Muslim.”

However, Sister Cora-Ann politely refused the beef jerky and reminded the other passengers that it was the time of Lent, during which Catholics often abstain from eating meat. The unrest in the plane kept growing, because most passengers were now convinced that Sister Cora-Ann was indeed Muslim and they demanded that Sister Cora-Ann leave the plane. “I did not want to cause my fellow humans any distress, so I left the plane”, she said.

“We were so happy that we could continue our journey”, said Frodo Baggins. “Once she de-boarded, it felt like a huge burden was lifted from us.” Apparently, there was indeed a Muslim on the plane, by the name of Abdullah Abdullah the 23rd, sitting in the last row. “Of course I knew that she was a Catholic nun and not a Muslim, because I went to a Catholic school and my favorite teachers were Catholic nuns.” Abdullah Abdullah went on to say “But let us face it: If you are a Muslim on a plane and someone else is being asked to leave the plane, the best thing is to be quiet and enjoy the show!”

Original post: Catholic Nun Forcibly Removed From Plane for Wearing “Muslim Garb”


  1. Absolutely love this piece! Actually, I’ve been waiting for this to happen in reality. I was raised Catholic in the 60s when the sisters wore exactly the styles of habits you’re talking about, whereas now it’s mostly sisters and nuns in monasteries who wear the more traditional garb. I’m Episcopalian-Buddhist now, but I am so tempted to wear at least a lovely hijab next time I fly (or perhaps black-and-white, since I’m also a Benedictine oblate) to demonstrate solidarity with Muslim women who are doing no harm whatsoever!

  2. This story is a fraud – ‘Frodo Baggins’ hah!

  3. Good spot George! We also would have accepted the disclaimer at the top of the article.

  4. I’ve been expecting that for some time, and I attend a Dominican parish, so I see men and women religious in habits all the time, and then recently I read this in Ha’aretz:, including the memorable quote, ‘the men prayed aloud together in a language unfamiliar to the crew while wearing what appeared to be black tape and wires strapped to their forearms and foreheads and wires on their chests,’ –which led me on Facebook to the same conclusions as you:
    – A) Even some CHRISTIANS pray in a foreign language! And how is Hebrew so totally unfamiliar to people who work on international flights? Have they really never seen an Orthodox Jew? Not even on TV????
    – B) I wait with a sense of dread inevitability for the detainment of southern European Dominican priests, or some Filipino Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, on the grounds of being brown and wearing a ‘burqa’ while praying in (or with!) a non-Germanic tongue

  5. You see what ignorance do to people,because some Americans are not bilingual they will assume if you mumble or pray on your own language you are a Muslim and a terrorist.How embarrassing..Wake up people ,what our society have become and what kind of rule model our children have.

  6. Duh,winning

  7. Isn’t it a bit too late for April Fool’s? Damian Thorn, Blanche Dubois and Frodo Baggins, and all on one plane? Was Leslie Nielson the pilot? hehe

  8. All who think this is a fraud, go to the Huffingtonpost and complain.


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