What is the number one refrain from the Muslim community?
The answer to the question is, “That Is Not Islam.” There is a shooting — that is not Islam — a bombing — not Islam — an honor killing — not Islam — mistreatment of women and homosexuals — not Islam.
And it’s not just Islamic clerics and academics who rush to the aid of their religion. Those in the media do the same. Even before the dust settles, left-wing media and politicians proclaim, “that it is not Islam.”
The incident doesn’t even need to be a tragic event. It could be something relatively minor, like say, a Muslim cab driver refusing a fare due to his religious beliefs.
Let me first say that if one’s religion precludes one from doing his or her job, one should find a different field of endeavor. But for whatever reason, a lot of cabbies are Muslim, and because of this, these incidents are fairly common.
In 2006, there was a big dustup in Minneapolis over Somali cabdrivers refusing to transport passengers with alcohol, claiming adherence to Islam. Even passengers with a simple bottle of wine purchased at an airport duty-free shop are refused service. “If you are a cab driver and a practicing Muslim, you can’t carry alcohol,” said Idris Mohamed, an adjunct professor of strategic management at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul.
Burdened by political correctness and, “Instead of forcing them to ferry passengers, the airports commission proposed putting colored lights on top of cabs to indicate which ones will carry alcohol, a compromise worked out in discussions ongoing with the Muslim American Society of Minnesota.” Luckily that idiotic plan was scuttled after the commission received thousands of angry e-mails.
Every once in a while, however, one of the Muslim cabbies is brought to justice (kind of) as was the case recently of a Muslim taxi driver refusing to “let a woman ride up front with him as her family piled into his Yellow Cab at Penn Station — later claiming that his religion forbids him from being that close to a female stranger. The woman asked whether there was a problem, and all Drammeh [the driver] would say is that her husband could sit up front but that she was not welcome.”
The woman filed a sex discrimination case against the driver. found against the cabbie and said, “That his religion did not allow him to sit next to a woman is not an acceptable defense.” The city of New York fined the Muslim driver $350 and suspended him for all of one day. He was able to maintain his cab license and is still working.
Not surprisingly, a Muslim academic excused the driver. Hossein Kamaly, a Middle Eastern studies professor at Barack Obama’s alma mater, Columbia University, said, “There are some Muslims who wouldn’t be comfortable with that and some would. He’s an older man and probably an immigrant, so it’s closer to the way he was brought up.” And evidently that makes it all okay.
Now, you already know what I’m going to say, but I’m going to say it anyway. Imagine a white Christian cab driver refusing a fare because he is homosexual or telling a black woman she can’t sit up front, but her white friend can. Think that cabbie might be given more than a paltry fine and a slap on the wrist one-day suspension? Maybe something just short of the death penalty?
I am so weary of the excuses made for this “religion.” I could understand if a relative few misinterpreted a meaning or two, but we’re talking about millions worldwide. They can’t all be wrong. How is one supposed to interpret a book riddled with passages like, Sahih Muslim Book 041, Number 6985:
The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.