...potential jurors this week were given a questionnaire by the court consisting of 60 questions, mostly about their views on Islam.
When the Toronto 18 terrorism trial happened here, no such weeding was needed. But not so in Chicago.
The reason? Because "80% of Americans distrust Islam," said Charlie Swift, one of Rana's lawyers. To which his other lawyer, Patrick Blegen added, "People hailing from India, Denmark and Pakistan would most likely be disqualified." So there goes a great swath of the jury pool.Indeed. But surely it's just as important to weed out those who trust Islam completely and unconditionally, although that would leave--what?--maybe five percent of the population from which to draw upon.