I have recently been praising the city Cleveland for taking a progressive attitude towards LGBT rights. They are even hosting the 2014 Gay Games to be held August 9-16. But some Muslim can drivers have given the city a black eye by walking off their jobs because they refuse to drive taxis that carry ads for the games.
Roughly 25 Muslim drivers dispatched to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are refusing to drive cabs adorned with advertising for the region’s upcoming Gay Games, citing religious reasons.
Two of the three companies operating at Ohio’s largest airport were informed by the drivers — one-third of the airport’s total fleet — last week that they will no longer participate in the airport’s dedicated taxicab program. The companies, Ace and Yellow Taxi Cab, were told by the drivers that their decision was based on religious reasons, airport spokeswoman Jacqueline Mayo told FoxNews.com.
I am getting sick and tired of people feeling that their personal religious beliefs somehow excuse the lack of showing politeness and common human decency to their fellow beings. How would these cab drivers feel if other cab drivers refused to carry Muslims or to have advertising that promotes some Muslim festival?
We have also seen how the religious right has vociferously defended religious Christians who operate businesses that are ‘public accommodations’ (i.e., that offer goods and services to the general public) who wish to deny their services to gay people, saying that forcing them to do so violates their religious freedoms.
Will they be equally willing to go to bat for Muslims who don’t want to serve gays? What does one do when the desire to discriminate against one group (gays) comes into conflict with the desire to discriminate against another (Muslims)?
It is so hard to be a bigot these days.