Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A Victory Against Dhimmitude!

From Dhimmi Watch, some good news:

Two weeks ago, Twin Cities airport officials were firming up plans to allow many Muslim taxi drivers — staunchly opposed to transporting passengers carrying alcohol of any sort — to alert potential fares of their beliefs with a different-colored light atop their cabs.

After a barrage of negative feedback, they've decided to scrap the idea.

"Since then, we've heard from Australia and England. It's really touched a nerve among a lot of people. The backlash, frankly, has been overwhelming," said Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan. "People are overwhelmingly against any kind of cultural accommodation."

That’s great news! We’re not going to go down like the Euroweenies who have been dhimmified into submission.

About 80 percent of the airport's taxis are driven by Somalis, who are commonly Muslim, Hogan said. The Quran, Islam's holy book, strictly forbids carrying alcohol. The result: Such drivers refuse to carry passengers and are sent to the back of the cab line — typically a three-hour wait.

Boo hoo hoo. That’s their problem. I have no sympathy for them if they get sent to the back of the cab line. Alcohol is legal here in the U.S.A., deal with it. Take your intolerance back to Somalia then.

The plan, which proposed a $40 light that drivers could buy and a two-tiered pickup system, went so far as to be placed on paper. But nobody signed the papers, and the program never went into effect, Hogan said.

Airport officials responded to the backlash from passengers, and taxi drivers feared the publicity would make people avoid taxis altogether.

Interviews with about a dozen cabbies at the airport Tuesday night indicated that Muslim drivers intend to continue to stand by their religious beliefs and not transport passengers carrying alcohol.

"It's going to be tough, it's going to be really tough, I don't know what's going to be next," said Ali Abdi of St. Paul. "We have the right (to refuse to transport alcohol). We are still human being(s)."

Sure, Mr. Abdi, you can refuse to transport passengers carrying alcohol, but you’ll lose money because you’ll lose business. It’s called capitalism. If you don’t want to provide the service to certain people, be prepared to lose money. Maybe you ought to consider driving cabs in Mogadishu instead.

Another thought: A mature religion requires that its followers make sacrifices for their beliefs. Christians do it all the time. The fact that Islam does not see that reveals a lot about its immaturity, spiritual privation, and shallowness.