Friday, September 29, 2006

Cabbies vs. Pharmacists

A debate is bubbling under the surface on the rights for Muslim cab drivers in the Twin Cities denying rides to potential fares who are carrying liquor. The drivers claim that they can deny rides based on moral grounds.

When Muslims won't transport liquor, it's decidedly unsympathetic, but when it's
Christians and birth control, all bets are off.

The above quote sums it up quite nicely. These Muslim cabbies are legal American residents who obtained their cab driver's license just like the Christian pharmacists who obtained their pharmacist license. As Americans, a certain percentage slam the Muslim cab drivers who deny service to those with a box of fine wine in their possession but pat the damn pharmacists on the back for blatantly disregarding the very purpose of their job but denying people birth control based on their moral beliefs.

Why is there such a double standard? It is legally spelled out that cab drivers CANNOT deny service provided that the rider pays the fare. The same holds true for pharmacists. They cannot deny filling a legally obtained prescription based on moral grounds.

1 comment:

Suzee said...

The obbvious is that it is easy to hide a bottle of wine in your purse and not so easy to hide a baby.

That plus it requires a significant degree to dispense drugs legally, and not so much education to drive a cab. Therefore, not so much review of performance.

In my opinion, there is no comparison.