Muslim Cabbies Drive Minnesota Officials To Action

Minnesota officials are moving to halt Muslim taxi drivers from refusing passengers who offend their religious beliefs.

For several years, Muslim taxi drivers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have declined passengers carrying alcoholic beverages or accompanied by dogs. Officials with the Metropolitan Airport Commission reported in early January that hundreds of passengers are turned away each month.

“It is time to draw a line in the sand to make sure people are not refused taxi services,” said Patrick Hogan, spokesman for the commission.

The airport commission recommended that public hearings be conducted about the situation, according to the Religion News Service.

Hogan said that the commission had been working with the Muslim community but failed to reach agreement on the issue.

In 2006, the Minnesota chapter of the Muslim American Society said that attempts by government officials to regulate Muslim taxi drivers are an affront to the spirit of the First Amendment and Islamic faith.