In an article in Salon titled Don’t Trust the Godless, Jesse Bering says that even though he is an atheist, he trusts religious people to do the right thing more than the godless. As an example, when he looks for a cab in a strange city, he prefers to take one that has prominently displayed religious icons such as crucifixes and Bibles over those that don’t. He seems to have swallowed whole the idea that belief in god makes people behave better because of their fear of divine retribution.
PZ Myers rightly smacks down his arguments. In the process, he argues against the practice of choosing an overtly religious cabdriver, not the least because it violates cab stand etiquette, saying that “The correct answer is that when you see a taxi queue outside a rail station or airport, you take the first cab in line.”
While I agree with PZ in his criticisms of Bering’s arguments, I have to disagree with him on his choice of which cab to take on grounds that have nothing to do with religion. Doesn’t PZ read or watch any spy fiction? If he did, he would know that you never take the first cab because those always contain the bad guys who are planning to kidnap you. You must always let a few cabs go by before getting into one.
So you should always allow a couple of people to get ahead of you in line for the cabs. I know this works because I have never been captured by enemy agents.