One of These Things Is Just Like the Other

This story
(from Captain’s Quarters)
was posted at Free Republic last month:

Muslim Taxi Showdown In The Twin Cities (Muslim cabbies to transport people with alcohol in luggage)

The refusal of a large number of Islamic cabbies to transport passengers with alcohol in their luggage or service dogs for the blind and handicapped, and the local fatwa on which they rely for their position, has led to a showdown with the Metropolitan Airport Commission

Even excluding the “All Muslims are terrorists” lunatic fringe, the general consensus in the comments seems to be, “Tough. Taxis are a public service, and if a customer is doing something legal but repugnant to you, suck it up, that’s too bad. Deal with it.”

Next, there’s this story from last year:

Pharmacists Don’t Want to Sell Morning After Pill Despite FDA Approval

Washington, DC ( — The Food and Drug Administration may have approved sales of the morning after pill over the counter, but some pharmacists are reluctant to sell the drug. The agency’s move to sell Plan B without a prescription may expand the nationwide debate about a conscience clause for pharmacists to allow them to opt out of dispensing the drug.

Here, the reaction is a bit more mixed: there are those complaining about government interfering with private business, the ones confusing Plan B with RU-486 and spreading misinformation about both, and the ones imagining the ACLU, NARAL, and NOW having a cow over this. But the majority opinion seems to be that pharmacists shouldn’t have to sell a pill that personally offends them.

So which is it, Freepers? Is it okay for someone to refuse service to customers who offend their moral or cultural values, or isn’t it? Is it okay for an atheist cabbie to refuse to drive people to church? Is it okay for a vegan cashier to refuse to ring up your steak? Is it okay for a nurse to refuse to take care of a woman who’s having her period?

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One Response to One of These Things Is Just Like the Other

  1. Fez says:

    hy·poc·ri·sy: a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially : the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion


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