Wherever Muslims immigrate, they demand that their religion take precedence over Western values, such as the right of the handicapped to use public services. If Muslim cabbies are unwilling to take fares with guide dogs, then they should find another line of work. Why is there even a question? Why should we accommodate their 8th century values, which includes cruelty to the blind?
The despicable situation described below occurred in Britain, but the United States has not been much better. When handicapped citizens run into sharia-demanding Muslims, the Islamists usually prevail. Authorities should tell rude sharia warriors to assimilate or leave, but that is not whatâ€™s happening.
Muslim bus drivers refuse to let guide dogs on board, Daily Mail, July 19, 2010For more, see Daniel Pipesâ€™ blog and collection of examples over years: Muslim Taxi Drivers vs. Seeing-Eye Dogs.
Blind passengers are being ordered off buses or refused taxi rides because Muslim drivers or passengers object to their â€?uncleanâ€™ guide dogs.
One pensioner, a cancer sufferer, told how had twice been confronted by drivers and asked to get off the bus because of his guide dog, and had also faced hostility at a hospital and in a supermarket over the animal.
The problem to carry guide dogs on religious grounds has become so widespread that the matter was raised in the House of Lords last week, prompting transport minister Norman Baker to warn that a religious objection was not a reason to eject a passenger with a well-behaved guide dog.
While drivers can use their discretion to refuse to carry non-disabled passengers with dogs, they are compelled to accept guide dogs under disability discrimination law.
Yesterday both the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and the National Federation of the Blind confirmed the problem was common, and, according to the latter organisation was â€?getting worseâ€™.
The tension stems from a strand of Islamic teaching which warns against contact with dogs because the animalâ€™s saliva was considered to be impure, the Muslim Council of Britain said.
It urged Muslims to show tolerance and common sense over the issue.
â€?We need to be flexible on this,â€™ a spokesman said. â€?Muslim drivers should have no hesitation in allowing guide dogs into their bus or car.
â€?If a dog does lick you, itâ€™s not the end of the world. Just go home and wash yourself.â€™
George Herridge [pictured, along with his wife and dog], 73, a retired hospital maintenance manager, told the Daily Mail he was â€™stunnedâ€™ to be twice asked by bus drivers to leave their vehicles because of his guide dog Andy, a black Labrador.
Mr Herridge, who lives with wife Janet, 69, in Tilehurst, Reading, said that on the first occasion two years ago, he got off at the request of a Muslim driver because some Muslim children on board were â€™screamingâ€™ because of the dog.
He found himself in a similar scenario in May last year, when a Muslim woman and her children became â€?hystericalâ€™. Mr Herridge this time refused the driverâ€™s request to alight.
He complained to the bus company which launched an investigation. It later informed him the matter had been dealt with â€?internallyâ€™.
(Note to Muslims: if forced to choose, many Westerners would prefer our furry canine friends rather than unpleasant Sons of Allah.)
Finally, the video below concerns stubborn Muslims cabbies who refuse passengers carrying liquor, but the principle of their demanding Islamic standards is the same â€” along with a similar craven response from authorities (Muslim Taxi Drivers Imposed Sharia Law in Minneapolis).