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Cabbies to become "Taliban on Wheels"

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

Submitted by American Muslim (United States), Oct 17, 2006 at 18:49

This is simply nutz!

We are not talking about Jeddah Saudi Arabia, where people hide alcohol under their long dresses and "transport" liquor via public vehicles.

In reality this issue is about an airport in Minnesota USA, where a passenger may be carrying a bottle of wine on his way back from an out of town visit.

Refusing such passengers the taxi service is against the basic rules of public transportation. If these ill-advised practices of Muslim cabbies be allowed, soon we'll see Muslim taxi, Christian taxi, Black taxi, and white taxi. Hindu cabbies will make sure no passenger carries beef (period), Jewish cabbies will ensure that only kosher products sit in their cab's trunks and so on.

That way everyone's "religious principles" will be preserved. However you may have to carry your religious ID card, and wait for 6 hours before your "religious taxi" shows up to serve you and only you.

Then Muslim cabbies will become "Maulanas on wheels". They will inspect grocery bags for pork products, alcoholic beverages and any item disallowed by Sharia. Other services performed by these cabbies will be circumcision, Nikkah, and they will surely lead prayers in the middle of streets. No one would go to Las Vegas, just call the cabbie for a quick divorce or marriage. Bonus portrait for newly weds with Muslim taxi in the background (who needs that guy Elvis's picture anyway).

You all may be laughing, but things could be a lot worse. We all would be living in Hitler's Third Reich, or the 1950's Alabama. Heck following the golden cabbie principle, we can have separate water fountains, separate toilets, separate restaurants, separate schools, and the list goes on.

On a serious note, these cabbies are obviously in the wrong business. They should promptly be shifted to mosques where they could serve as Imams. Or better yet, they should be sent to a Middle Eastern country of their choice.

Dr. Qazi

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