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Reader comment on item: More on Those Alcohol-shy Taxi Drivers

Submitted by Dwight Brown (United States), Oct 12, 2006 at 12:55

copy of letter sent to airport:

The recent agreement which allows Muslim taxi drivers to put a light on their cab indicating their refusal to carry passengers who possess alcohol is wrong for two reasons:

1. It is contrary to good public policy in the United States for religious objections to control public transportation, or any other public service for that matter. There is no end to the potential demands of Muslims if we allow "the camel's nose" to enter the tent. It is my firm belief that drug store clerks who do not believe in birth control and refuse service to women should be transferred to other work or fired. Taxi drivers who refuse service to certain people should be transferred to other work or fired.

2. The policy adopted by the airport leaves persons with alcohol in a position of dramatically reduced taxi servive. If the Muslims, who constitute 3/4 of the taxi drivers are allowed to discriminate on religious grounds, then a person carrying ahcohol has only a 1/4 chance of getting a cab, compared to those not carrying alcohol. This kind of discrimination is plainly UnAmerican and if the airport wishes to avoid a law suit, it would be a good idea, before it is too late, for them to remember what country we live in - The United States of America.

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