The airports commission is accepting this refusal, and giving special instructions to taxi starters at curbside.
The airports commission has struggled with the issue for several years. Alcohol is a serious concern for devout Muslims, said Hassan Mohamud, an imam and vice president of the society. The Qur’an, Islam’s holy book, strictly forbids buying, selling, drinking or carrying alcohol.
If we are going to defer on matters of religious conscience (and I think we should, especially when there are plenty others who can provide the same goods or services), then that deference cannot workonly in favor of Muslims.
It really comes down to this: Sometimes the truth is so completely unexpected and so completely unwelcome that a conspiracy theory -- any other theory, even one with precious little support -- is the only comfortable way out. The alternative of having one's entire worldview turned upside down is just too painful, so people lie to themselves. Here's how Kozak explains it:
Something profound happened to America on November 22, 1963, just as it happened on September 11, 2001, and on December 7, 1941, that was inexplicable. In the first case, a young, vibrant president [John F. Kennedy] was gunned down in broad daylight in an American city. In 1963, Americans naively believed this sort of thing just didn't happen in their country. Sure, three presidents had been assassinated before, but the last one was McKinley in 1901. Similarly, 38 years later, when we watched plane after plane crash into our landmarks on "Good Morning America" and then saw two of the largest and most remarkable buildings in the world come tumbling down with a horrifying loss of life, it defied any previous part of our national consciousness.
Those who are still trying to blame their own government or anyone other than Al Qaeda for the 9/11 attacks need to snap out of it and rise to meet the challenges we now face. There is a real enemy out there, and pretending that Islamic terrorists did not commit these horrors will not make that real enemy disappear.
It is silly to deny that the 9/11 attacks were committed by Islamic terrorists because the attacks are just one in a long series of horrifying atrocities committed by Islamic terrorists, ranging from homicide bomb attacks to beheadings to torture to car bombings to the Beslan school massacre and other horrors committed by terrorists around the world. The list goes on and on. The only thing remarkable about the 9/11 attacks is not how evil they were -- that is par for the course for Islamic terrorists -- but simply their large scale.
To those who still want to believe that anyone other than Al Qaeda committed the 9/11 attacks -- wake up and smell the coffee! Your illusions will not protect you anywhere on earth. What will protect you is for America and all other decent, civilized nations to fight the real enemy until we prevail.
It reminds me: I am heartily sick of the phrase "cycle of violence" as applied to Israel and its terrorist tormentors.
Cycle of violence? Nowhere in the world are Jews actively beheading people, commiting car bombings, burning embassies, kidnapping civilians, or flying jets filled with people into office buildings filled with people. Given that fact, it is astonishing and even embarrassing that anybody in the West can with a straight face dismiss Islamic terrorist violence against Jews as simple "tit for tat." It's not "tit for tat." It's "tit for nothing" or maybe "tat fornothing."
Tell me about the "cycle of violence" as applied to Daniel Pearl, both Jewish and American, who was beheaded and his body cut into 10 pieces. Show me where a Jew has beheaded a Muslim, torn his body into bits, and hid it.
What is it about the left and conspiracies? For them, 2 + 2 = 4 is a conspiracy because it’s possible one of the 2’s used to be a 3 and colluded with the 5 to step aside and allow the 4 to hide the fact that the 3 is now a 2.
Can’t things just be coincidence every once and a while? You know, like real life. History is replete with coincidences that few have bothered to posit conspiracy theories for. And making a conspiracy about everything your political opponent does reflects badly on the critical thinking skills of many liberals not to mention their emotional maturity and innate intelligence." (Rick Moran)
By the way, conspiracy mongering is not limited entirely to the left.
If you feel the urge to post a heated response to this -- you might be one of them.