By Beila Rabinowitz
September 19, 2006 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In another sign of increasing Muslim intolerance in the U.S., Islamic taxi drivers - primarily of Somali extraction - at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport are refusing to accept fares whom they suspect of possibly transporting alcohol.
Recent changes at the terminal have proved a boon for the drivers, forcing passengers to use the ubiquitous taxis to get around within the confines of the airport making them ripe for exploitation.
Another angle is that such discrimination by Muslim drivers might make it possible for them to weed out the low fare inter-terminal travelers from those wishing to travel outbound at substantially higher fees, thus assigning themselves all the longer distance fares while the infidels are taking the short ones
Why airport officials have caved to the unreasonable religious demands of an extremist minority is puzzling but the involvement of the Muslim American Society - an Islamist group whose name pretty much denotes their ultimate intent - in this process may help explain it, MAS being adept at injecting itself into such controversies and always on the side of the extension of Sharia into mainstream America.
Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan though unwilling to tackle the issue head-on, did at least give lip service to the image problem this was causing the airport "Travelers often feel surprised and insulted...Sometimes, several drivers in a row refuse carriage."
Partially addressing the obvious inequities in such behavior, airport authorities are now forcing those who have refused a fare because of the alcohol issue to go to the end of the line in the taxi queue.
Reports have claimed that a system of roof lights might be proposed by the airport as early as today with the idea that for instance a yellow light would indicate a taxi willing to take a fare carrying alcohol whereas one having a red light would not.
Might this be expanded?
Possibly a cab adorned with a Hamas insignia would indicate taxi's willing to take passengers wearing bomb-belts?
Or perhaps one with a white flag could offer Christian or Jewish passengers free conversion to Islam?
The mind reels?
Assuming Mr. Hogan's employers come to their senses, it might simply make more sense for the airport to refuse demands by intolerant Muslim immigrants from Somalia to force the citizens of a pluralistic country to accept the dictates of Sharia law.
Drivers who refuse to operate by such rules should be fired by the taxi company as a condition of keeping their city license to operate.
Additionally, all such drivers should in any case be required to pass a security check as well as prove their legal immigration status.
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