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Is this a legitimate interpretation of the Koran?

Reader comment on item: Don't Bring That Booze into My Taxi

Submitted by Ed Halper (United States), Oct 11, 2006 at 01:45

Could you tell us, Mr. Pipes, whether the taxi drivers are operating under a legitimate interpretation of the Koran? If I'm holding a bottle of alcohol and sitting in a Muslim's car, is he committing a sin?

Even if this proves to be a legitimate interpretation of the Koran, there are good reasons not to allow someone who operates with a public license the discretion to discriminate against classes of passengers based.

However, what I wonder about is whether the drivers are not being manipulated by unscrupulous mullahs. We saw this sort of thing with the Pope's speech: ignorant people who surely never read the speech goaded to riot by their religious leaders. Are the drivers being worked? By whom? Why are such a high percentage of cabbies Muslims, especially in a city that does not have a high Muslim population? Surely, there is more to this story.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

See my blog at "More on Those Minnesota Taxi Drivers."

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