Morning in America

From the photograher Dean Shaddock:

This was captured as I collected my things from airport security (Detroit Metro Concourse A). I think of it as something like a Rorschach test. Is an elderly Catholic nun being frisked by a Muslim security agent the celebration of blind justice? Or is it simply an admission of absurdity?


Update: So, 3+ years after I posted this image, Drudge Report appears to have ripped it off without attribution.

  • ariesarsenal 8y

    I work with The Voice magazine, And I would like to use this photo in our magazine.

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    thank you in advanced.
  • enspec 8y


    My primitive-intellect and judgmental friend. Never give a conclusion without proper research. What you have stated is what hate mongers say and thats it. I’m sending you a Link. Do read it for your own sake.


    in case you’re wondering that I’m threatening to trace and kill you with an explosive jacket fastened around my chest, then I would say no, you’re suffering from paranoia. Read it for the sake of your non-phobic remnant space in your mind which hasn’t been touched by hate.
  • ibitmylip PRO 8y

    Yeah, maybe her rosary set it off. Or her chastity belt.
  • David King PRO 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Employment - People at Work, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • Ric Fera 8y

    Wow, ain't that something.
  • hvillehermit 7y

    I am a Sister and I am always frisked when I go through airport security. I guess they are afraid I am hiding something under my veil or in the folds of my habit. By this time I am used to it, but it does tend to upset the general public to see a habited Sister being frisked.
  • c_johnston617 7y

    Ok, for all of you naive traveler's... regardless of religion, race, ethncity etc.... if you would pay attention to the other elements of the picture: WHEELCHAIR, and the girl sitting down works for Prospect; a company Northwest airlines and other airlines pay for so that passengers can be escorted to their gates. This woman DID NOT walk through the metal detector, therefore protocol states that the passenger must undergo a full body pat down. The muslim girl is simply doing her job. Now would any of you be saying anything if it were a white woman? The reason now that Sisters are patted down or ANYONE with bulky clothing is for common sense reasons: How do you expect someone to view the contour of your body? Regardless of what you do and how you live, EVERYONE is treated the same while going through security... You tell me what does a terrorist look like?
  • Sum Guy In Detroit 7y

    If there is one thing about America that does make us better than any other country on this whole darn globe it is our diversity. The variety of cultures that share the U.S.A. and how we have been able to not only coexist, but celebrate our differences makes us great. In the land of the free and the home of the brave we do not fight and kill each other over our different religious beliefs, we work side by side with each other. These are the roots of our nation! Read the writing on the Statue of Liberty! What is an American but someone who’s family at some point in history, whether recently or long ago, packed it up and moved here for the chance at a better life? Other than the Native Americans, that is just the fact!

    For all the bigots out there, keep in mind that there are thousands of Muslim and non Muslim Arabs in the United States of America who HATE terrorism and LOVE America. They are laborers, teachers, soldiers, doctors, business owners, scientist, entrepreneurs, etc. Based on more than half the comments I see here, I would rather work with, fight with, and die (Yes, I am a soldier) with a Muslim American than put any faith or trust in a white person who somehow thinks that they have a bigger right to citizenship than someone else.

    What does this picture mean? People of several races and religions have equal opportunity jobs in various government agencies including the TSA. Since everyone is treated equally at our nation’s airports, a nun has to get screened too. The fact that this picture strikes you with any kind of "wow" factor proves once again that there are still bigots that propagate their ideology in our country and mindless zombies that absorb it.
  • Bruce Ulrich 5y

    It is definitely the latter....thanks for the pic.
  • DesertBlizzard 5y

    Mark Gjoel
    Um. Neither Muslim or Nun are races.
  • Kevin Thomas 5y

    So if I dress as a nun or priest, I should be able to walk right through security?
  • Kevin Thomas 5y

    DesertBlizzard: what? That's like saying Republican isn't a religion. LOL.
  • Goop49 5y

    She could be Indian...but WHY are there even muslims in America in the first place if they hate us so much? And WHY would you hire them into a so called "security" position? And did the Nun get to pat her down afterwards? Fair is Fair! And screw the Irish, I hate "St. Paddy's Day" Bwa ha ha ha haaaaa Pixel Nurse is a Jackwagon and knows NOT of what he speaks....what a Moron!
  • budsavoie 5y

    Pictures can be rigged in any way you please. So who says that this is a real photo of anything that really happened and not just a provocative mock-up?
  • Holger Eilhard PRO 5y

    "Update: So, 3+ years after I posted this image, Drudge Report appears to have ripped it off without attribution.
    Screen shot 2010-11-15 at 9.47.53 PM by cjdavis

    Add to the list:
  • Tom Martin 5y

    @ Pixel, In large part I agree with you. Calling out Islamic terrorists without at least acknowledging the long history of Christian violence is hypocritical and self-righteous. On the other hand, however much extreme right-wing groups consistently degrade rational thought, it is the Islamic extremists who are at this moment making bombs and calling for death to infidels. I can sit on a train with any member of a radical right-wing Christian group and not be concerned about reaching our destination. Replace in this scenario an Islamic terrorist and I might be calling my family to say good-bye. This is NOT to say I would feel this way only because there was a Muslim on the train. It is really counterproductive to blame all Muslims for the actions of some terroristic Muslims in the same way as it is to blame any one Christian for the Crusades, for example. This is nonsense. It is not common in today's discourse composed of black and white mentality to hear anyone give recognition to early Christian barbarity. To do so one is subject to the false hypothetical of "you're with us or against us,” or one is just labeled a liberal and shouted to oblivion. This is part of the death of reason, but it's nothing new, really. Fairness and reason in public discourse would be a dream come true, but perhaps all we can practically hope for would be rational voices that rise occasionally to the surface to be heard above the shouting. So, yes, let’s acknowledge that Christians have shared in the horror of killing in the name of god and do what we can to stop those who happen to be doing this now in the name of Allah. Civilization depends on that.
  • kbs7007 5y


    I don't know how true this is but maybe it's worth a try....A little pig poo at the WhiteHouse might do the trick ..LOL


    In Sevilla Spain , local people found a way to stop the construction of another mosque in their town. They... buried a pig on the site, and made sure this would be known by the local press.

    The Islamic rules forbid the erecting of a Mosque on "pig soiled ground." The Muslims had to cancel the project. This land was sold to them by government officials.

    No protests were needed by the local people...and it worked!
  • danlewjustforyou 5y

    I can't say with any certainty that the passenger is a nun. However I can say that the "Security officer" is Muslim.

    The Muslim guard may actually be the most honest, law-abiding, America-loving woman on Earth. However she is too easily compromised by enemies, who could get to her family. Similarly, she may be biased against checking Muslims, which creates a bigger likeliihood of attack.

    Any airport which allows Muslims into sensitive areas, cannot be safe. Just as any country with an Iranian embassy, thanks to the diplomatic pouch, isn't safe.

    No, it's not politically correct. Just a statistical reality.
  • hilomermaid 5y

    This would make flying so much easier on all of us …

    Here's a solution to all the controversy over full-body scanners at the airports:
    All we need to do is develop a booth that you can step into that will not x-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have hidden on or in your body. The explosion will be contained within the sealed booth.
    This would be a win-win for everyone. There would be none of this crap about racial profiling and the device would eliminate long and expensive trials.
    I can see it now: you're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion. Shortly thereafter an announcement comes over the PA system, "Attention standby passengers, we now have a seat available on flight number..."
    Works for me!
  • Jay Ortiz 4y

    We are losing the focus of religious fervor. Keeping score of the countless lost of life for little reason is merely perpetuating this divide and conquer mentality. The elite have little time for religion as they take the candy from us pathetic fools.
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