Sunday, 14 October 2007

The Minnesota Sharia Scare!!! by Larro

I was prompted to write this post on account of a comment made on a post at Atheist Haven.

Them damn pesky Muslims. Don't they know a lot of Americans (hence a lot of Christians too) get drunk every once in a while? And that it's not illegal to transport liquor in a cab?

Well. This, among other things, is what the "scare" is about.

Shariah in Minnesota?
Radical Muslim activists go fishing in troubled waters.
by Katherine Kersten

Pesky conservative fear-mongering journalists! Radical Muslim activists? The sub-title alone tips me off that this writer is definitely conservative. Alrighty then, her story opens with a bunch of cabbies unwilling to transport clientèle because they're carrying alcohol. Don't get me wrong I think it's kooky and they are missing out on a fare by turning these people away. But the tack this woman takes suggests that she is blowing this thing way out of proportion. After all, in her own words...

"In September 2006, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) proposed a two color top-light pilot project to indicate which drivers would accept passengers with alcohol. The proposal, later dropped, would apparently have marked the first time that a government agency in the U.S. officially recognized Shariah law, and distinguished individuals who follow it from those who don't."

Damn! It was just a proposal that got shot down. Thankfully it did. I say that not because I fear "Muslims are taking over this country", but that the secular system worked, even Ms. Kersten expressed it so nicely.

Let's get back to her fear-mongering tactics.

Here in Minneapolis, one of the nation's most livable cities, hard-line Muslim activists are injecting an element that is anything but nice.

No. It was the Metropolitan Airport Commission, not "hard-line Muslim activists" that "proposed a two color top-light pilot project to indicate which drivers would accept passengers with alcohol."
Does anybody see the propaganda here? I suppose she may be referring to the cabbies as "hard-line", huh? Wow, what a stretch that is. Besides, the proposal was dropped.

Another complaint by Ms. Kersten concerns the "flying imams" and subsequent issue regarding "Twin Cities imams demand[ing] a separate Muslim prayer room at the airport."

And I bet they didn't get it.

Yet another complaint is that
"some Muslim cashiers at Twin Cities Target stores have begun refusing to scan pork products, like bacon and pepperoni pizza, and insisting that other cashiers or the customers themselves do it."

I myself have no complaint about this. You see I am a vegan. If this goes against their own personal beliefs why make them (in the workplace) go against what they feel is wrong?

This (like the cab drivers) is like people bitching about having to pre-pay at the gas pump! I can't count how many times I've stopped to fuel up (I do a lot of driving) and people are seriously pissed off that they have to go in and pre-pay for their gas. This Target incident is completely irrelevant to law. That's a personal choice these Muslims have made and has no bearing on church/state separation. It's fucking Target! Whoopie shit! Damn Muslim "activist" Target cashiers! The nerve of invoking their first amendment rights! Who do they think they are? Real Americans?

Epilogue: Here we see a prime example of people getting mixed up about civil liberties. As far as I can tell, the aforementioned "incidents" solely encompass free speech the exercise thereof. If somebody thinks otherwise then they believe that the first amendment is garbage.

More from dubious source: OpinionJournal - Cross Country

Katherine Kersten - Google Search
"Flying Imams" - Google Search
"Flying Imams" - Google News
sharia Minnesota - Google News
Minnesota Muslim - Google News
Muslim cashiers - Google News

Katherine Kersten - Atheist Blogroll Search
"Flying Imams" - Atheist Blogroll Search
sharia Minnesota - Atheist Blogroll Search
Minnesota Muslim - Atheist Blogroll Search
Muslim cashiers - Atheist Blogroll Search


Pyramidhead said...

in the name of the great monkey god find me honest politiocian. Hahaha ok we know THATS not going to happen.

tina said...

The part about the cashiers got me! So go get a different job where you don't handle meat! *snort*

Anonymous said...

How dare some cabbies not wanting to pick up people who had been drinking? Don't they want to clean up vomit, get bashed, have their fare do a runner or have to listen to someone dribbling shit in their ear?

(no offence to drunk people intended).

Is it possible these may be the reasons some cabbies are reluctant to pick up people who've been drinking?