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MSP Commission Dealing With Muslim Taxies

Fri Jan 05, 2007 2:10 am

http://www.startribune.com/462/story/913549.html

Article from the local paper here in MSP about Muslim cab drivers refusing to take fares from people carrying liquor or dogs. It looks like the airport commission wants to get rid of this and impose fines.

I hope the commission can impose those rules. This nation is getting to politically correct. You can not sneeze without offending someone and getting sued anymore.
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RE: MSP Commission Dealing With Muslim Taxies

Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:12 am

I am all for respecting the moral values and sensibilities of the taxi drivers. But they ARE in a service business in a country that accepts alcohol and looks at dogs as a member of the family.
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RE: MSP Commission Dealing With Muslim Taxies

Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:26 am

Quoting Acidradio (Reply 1):
I am all for respecting the moral values and sensibilities of the taxi drivers. But they ARE in a service business in a country that accepts alcohol and looks at dogs as a member of the family.

Taxi drivers have to carry people who don't agree with them. It's an equal opportunity deal. What next, no rides to scantily dressed women or gay couples? Unless the person is doing something illegal, is belligerent, etc, they shouldn't be denied a ride if the cab is available for their trip.

And I think it is a minority of muslim taxi drivers at MSP. I got a ride home on the taxi late at night on Eid, one of the holiest days in Islam, and one of Islam's largest holidays (it is roughly on par with say, Christmas to Christians in its significance). My taxi driver was wearing formal Thobe (or something closely resembling it) underneath his overcoat. He wished us season's greetings, but it was clear that he was out hard at work on a holiday. I respected that, and was sure to give a generous tip, as I might to someone working on Christmas. I doubt taxi drivers like that guy are refusing passage. It's just a few nuts out there. There are nuts and zealots of all creeds and ideologies.

That said, if your light is on as a taxi, you should take who gets in, and I support the MAC for going to bat on this issue. People's beliefs are at some point bound to offend one another, we just have to be understanding and courteous.
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