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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Islamic Jim Crow

I believe we are about to witness a curious socio-ideological convergence take place here in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Some of you all may be aware of stories out of Australia and other heavily Muslim populated western countries telling how Muslim cab drivers are refusing to provide rides for blind people and their seeing eye dogs. They also don't give rides to people carrying alcoholic beverages.

Most people think this is something that takes place only in foreign countries, but as this news report reveals, it most certainly is not. Apparently, this is a common attitude among many Muslim cab drivers in many of our major cities. The thing is, no one has bothered to report it. More disturbing, people are willing to accommodate their kooky convictions about dogs and booze. The taxi companies in the story from Minneapolis plan to mark some of their cabs, "anti-dog" or "no dogs allowed."

Now there are several places I could go with this story. Let me share two thoughts in no particular order:

1)Christians who are outraged by the ridiculous convictions of these serious minded Muslim taxi drivers need to reevaluate their own convictions along similar lines. For instance, a pro-life taxi cab driver taking a woman to an abortion clinic. Or what about a Christian with convictions against drinking alcohol in any form taking a person to a bar? Moreover, Christians are generally supportive toward those landlords who refuse to rent their property to openly gay couples, or unmarried couples living together. Would they be so toward Muslim landlords who refuse to rent to blind folks who are dependent upon guide dogs?

2) I am curious to see how the ACLU-civil liberties-multi-cultural crowd will respond toward Muslim taxi drivers who refuse to give rides to Jews or perhaps women who have their heads uncovered? Right now, there is this solidarity with underdog (pun somewhat intended) Islamic groups who are bearing the burden of suspicion from their fellow Americans. Everyone wants to bend over backward to accommodate their beliefs for the sake of tolerance. But when those beliefs begin to cut straight across the values of the PC minded how exactly are they going to react? They find themselves between the common sense rock and the heartfelt hardplace.



Blogger thomas4881 said...

Isn't Islam considered apostate christianity? In the Chrisitan view we might think Islam is paganism. In the Muslim view they think allah is the same as yahweh. Taking that into account Islam is apostate christianity. Since Islam started 2100+ years after christianity did with torah.

3:30 PM, October 11, 2006  

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