A whine-O-gram sent yesterday containing “Action Alert” #570 details the plight muslim cabbies are facing at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. CAIR is playing the race card, claiming muslims are being targeted based on their religion. The islamic hoopla is over the “unreasonable directive” that restricts muslim cabbies from leaving their cab in the taxi queue to enter the public restrooms to perform “wudu” and then lay down a rug for prayers.
CAIR has yet to post a link to action alert 570 as of this blog post, so I'll copy the whine-o-gram text here;
CAIR ACTION ALERT
#570:Action: Support Ohio Muslim Cabbies’ Religious
RightsContact Cleveland mayor to urge reasonable religious
(CLEVELAND, OH, 3/19/09) - The Cleveland chapter of the
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) is calling on members of
the Muslim community and other people of conscience to contact the mayor of that
city to voice concerns about a recently-issued policy directive that prohibits
Muslim cab drivers from praying at Hopkins International Airport while waiting
for fares in the taxi queue.
Other policy directives ban the drivers from using airport
restrooms to make ritual ablutions (wudu) and from praying in the airport chapel
while on the job.
The latest (March 13, 2009) directive states in part: “Cab
drivers observed ‘praying’ in the queue by the cab starter may be sent out for
the day. Cab drivers observed moving another’s cab to enable ‘praying’ will be
considered in violation of the ASV (Airport Security Violation) Policy and
subject to the ASV reinstatement procedure and possible permanent banning from
picking up fares at CLE.”
The drivers claim that if they must exit the queue in order
to pray they will suffer significant loss of access to fares, forcing them to
choose between their faith and their livelihood.
Somali and other immigrant taxi owners and drivers have
faced an uphill battle to maintain operations at the airport. The drivers and
owners say they are being unfairly ticketed by police officers who they allege
impose tickets and fines selectively.
**Sounds like a security issue to me. An international airport can't afford to have 20 to 30 empty, idling taxi's lined up at the airport entrance.
But what do I know, (Me, I'm just a lawnmower - you can tell me by the way I walk)