Pope is against body scanners in airports

Some in media have framed that Muslims in America are the only people concerns regarding privacy and modesty issues regarding full body scanners in airports.

On Friday, Lutheran pastor Rev. Rani Abdul-Masih stated that the full body scanners violate the dignity of humans according to Christianity.

Today, a story broke that the Pope is now voicing his opposition to these scanners.

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http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/02/22/pope-body-scan.html

Pope sounds warning over airport body scans

Benedict XVI cites need to protect ‘the human person in their integrity’

The head of the Roman Catholic Church spoke out against the use of body scanners at airports, saying human dignity must be preserved even as countries attempt to protect their citizens against acts of terrorism.

Pope Benedict XVI , making his comments during an audience with airport workers and officials at the Vatican on Sunday, did not specifically use the words body scanner in his address, according to reports in U.K. newspapers the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian.

But he said that even when facing the threat of terrorism, airport security officials should not forget to respect “the primacy of the human person.”

“[With] every action, it is above all essential to protect and value the human person in their integrity,” he told the representatives from the aviation industry.

The United States began using the scanners capable of detecting items hidden under clothing at airports as part of new security protocols put in place in the wake of the failed bombing attempt on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day.

Canada and European countries have followed suit and begun installing their own scanners, particularly for flights destined for the United States.

The Pope is not the first religious leader to speak out against the scanners.

Muslims urged to choose pat-down over scanner

The Fiqh Council of North America, an Islamic group with membership in Canada and the United States, said earlier in February it believed the body scanners were “against the teachings of Islam, natural law and all religions and cultures that stand for decency and modesty.”

The group urged Muslim travellers to choose to be patted down by airport security rather than go through the scanners.

Canada is in the process of installing 44 scanners to be used on U.S.-bound passengers selected for secondary screening at Canadian airports.

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority has said the scanners would protect the privacy of the passenger, and that the officer viewing the image would do so in a separate room and never see the actual traveller.

The focus on security measures stems from the failed attempt by a Nigerian man to set off a bomb on a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, is accused of trying to ignite the bomb on the Northwest Airlines flight. Officials said he has told U.S. investigators he received training and instructions from al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen.

2 thoughts on “Pope is against body scanners in airports

  1. For all of these people that are so modest all of a sudden,if you don”t want to go through the body scanner (Don”t Fly) take the train or the bus.If your kind(meaning that you come from radical countries that don”t value life)are”nt glad that this country of ours let you come here to live a better life,go back to your Muslim country and live in the desert.

  2. Steve,

    It’s already a rule that no one has to go through the scanners anyway. Anyone can ask for a pat-down.

    What do you say about Catholics, Lutherans and others that object to scanners? Should they go back home to Ireland, Italy or Germany?

    Someone could place a bomb on themselves and blow up a bus or train for that matter. Should people go through body scanners or get pat-downs to travel on them as well.

    I don’t think that you’ve logically thought about this situation and are speaking more from emotions, Steve.

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