Lessons We Learn From Muslim Taxi Drivers

Dennis Prager writes an excellent piece about what we are learning from Muslim taxi drivers and their outright refusal to pick up particular fares. Drivers here in the U.S., Canada, Britain and Australia are refusing to drive the blind if they are accompanied by a guide dog as well as refusing people who are carrying any alcoholic beverage.

This is significant. We are not talking here about Muslim fanatics or Muslim terrorists, but about decent every day Muslims. And what these practices reveal is something virtually unknown in Judeo-Christian societies -- the imposing of one's religious practices on others.

He explains the difference between imposing moral and ritual prohibitions on society:

Now, many of those with a graduate degree in the humanities, and others taught how not to think clearly, will object that religious Christians do exactly this sort of thing when they try to impose their religious views on abortion, for example, on society.
But there is no analogy between a Muslim not allowing a non-Muslim to bring a bottle of wine or a dog into a Muslim-driven taxi and Christians trying to convince a democratic society to outlaw most abortions.
There is no comparing ritual prohibitions with moral prohibitions. Christians argue that taking the life of a human fetus where the mother's life is not endangered is immoral. And so do religious Jews (and Muslims) and many secular individuals -- because the issue of abortion is a moral issue. Contact with dogs, on the other hand, is a ritual issue, not a moral issue. Which is why non-Muslims do not consider it immoral -- unlike the many non-Christians who consider most abortions immoral.
The appropriate analogy to Muslim taxi drivers refusing to take passengers accompanied by a dog or carrying a bottle of wine would be religious Jewish taxi drivers refusing to take passengers eating a ham sandwich or Mormon drivers refusing to take passengers drinking alcoholic or caffeinated drinks.
As for the difference between fundamentalist Muslims and fundamentalist Christians, a Christian mailman in Denver called my radio show to say that despite his profound religious objections to pornography, he could not imagine objecting to delivering even the raunchiest porn to homes that ordered it. First, religious non-Muslims, especially in America, believe that liberty, too, is a religious value; that is why Christians put a quote about liberty from the Torah on the Liberty Bell. And second, they have no doctrine that holds outsiders bound to their religious practices.

Read his entire article here. There's nothing like clarity to jump-start your day.

Posted by Mutti at October 17, 2006 08:19 AM | TrackBack

Subjugation, intimidation, assimilation. You will live by sharia or else. It's no wonder that Muslims are finding it difficult to fit democratic principles in their countries (well, the few that are trying). Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.

Wonder how the ACLU and/or courts will react when some of the Muslim cabbies lose their job over their religious "beliefs"?

Posted by: Marc V at October 17, 2006 08:56 AM

As far as I know, none have ever been suspended or lost their jobs over this. Fares that have been refused are simply told to find a non-muslim cab. Our accomodation of their religious rituals is beyond comprehension and would certainly be front-page news if a Jewish or Christian cabbie denied customers based upon religious adherence. The ACLU has been quite silent on this issue, and, I would guess, would most likely defend the cabbies if there were any lawsuits.

Posted by: Dee at October 17, 2006 11:22 AM

I agree with the Christian postman. That was exactly my moral dilemna in volunteering in the library of my twin's middle school. I was so shocked to have to shelve the new books which included books advising kids to question their sexuality. I almost hid them behind the file cabinets! It was a horrible problem for me. In the end, I shelved them. I felt like I betrayed my beliefs! I could never work in a public library! I absolutely couldn't give a child a book like that. I guess there is a place to take issue with what is going on. Maybe that is the right discussion: how do we react when we face this stuff? How do we unite to take on the giant? ~~~~ My pastor says that it is fought in prayer first. I can't imagine a better answer.

Posted by: Dottie at October 24, 2006 11:15 PM

P.S. I know this isn't quite what you are talking about, but, what is with this influx of Muslim taxi-drivers at airports? I am hearing about this all over the place. I just saw it on a blog from Norway. I was just in London, and had a Muslim taxi driver. It seems like this just sprang up over night, but apparently it is quite the job for our Islamic "friends". Is this a Muslim long-range strategy, or something?

Posted by: Dottie at October 24, 2006 11:40 PM

Really appreciate all your comments -- I can imagine your dilemma working in a library. Agree with your observation of Muslim taxi drivers springing up almost overnight. They probably have always been there, but it's curious that these weren't issues for them five or ten years ago.

It no doubt is a long range strategy of some sort. Since they keep repeating this over and over, I believe them: it has to do with islamizing the globe and replacing our laws with sharia.

Posted by: Dee at October 25, 2006 07:08 AM