posted on Oct, 12 2006 @ 08:23 AM
I don't get it. I do know a few Muslims on our street who own either cats or dogs. I have seen Muslim people downtown walking around with dogs on
leashes. Thus, I don't understand where these cab drivers get off claiming that taking guide dogs in their cabs is against their religon. We had the
same problem over here in London with cab drivers refusing blind people with dogs because they claimed it was against their religon because dogs are
supposedly unclean animals.
We have one of three possible answers.
1. The Muslims I know with dogs and cats are in grave violation of their religon.
2. These Muslim cab drivers belong to some extremely strict sect of Islam.
3. These cab drivers are a small group of buttwipes who are simply doing this to stir up controversy or create a stink because they are provacateurs.
Anyone of the above could be right.
We often hear about how we should be sensitive to other peoples cultures and faiths. I agree.............to a point.
However, its a two way street. They need to start showing sensitivity towards us, and they need to start understanding that:
1. In western cultures, dogs are companion animals, pets, and workers, and thus, an important part of our lives.
2. In our society, we revere the idea of giving the handicapped as much independance and self reliance as possible, thus, they have rights and
protections regarding those things, guide dogs included, that will help a handicapped person live as independantly as possible.
Muslims have a right to their beliefs. However, they have no right to deny services when they are in the position to give services, on the basis of
If there is going to be a conflict here, then perhaps they should consider other livelyhoods where they wont have the dilema of faith vs duty. There
are plenty of jobs they can have that wont require them to deal with a diverse public or engage in things that might violate their religous beliefs.
However, taxi driving is a type of public service, and in our society, the public includes people who buy alcohol (perfectly legal), women, blind
people with guide animals, and other such things.
An Orthodox Jewish person would not work in a pork sausage factory or a tattoo parlor. A devout Hindu would not work in a place that serves beef. A
Christian person would not very likely work in a strip joint or a gay bath house. Why? because the above jobs would involve activities that would come
in conflict with their religous beliefs. Yet all of the above people manage to find work in many different areas and live successfully.
Thus, Muslims who have a problem with dogs and alcohol in western societies where drinking and friendship with canines is a social norm should not
work in jobs where they will be required to serve the diverse public in many capacities.