Tuesday, May 08, 2007
The Houston Chronicle has a a short story about a taxi driver protest that must be read in full to be believed:
Frustrated local taxi drivers descended on City Hall today, protesting security requirements at Houston's airports that they say threaten their business.As Mark Steyn once put it, "[W]henever something goofy turns up on the news, chances are it involves some fellow called Mohammed."
A few hundred drivers, toting handmade signs and chanting demands for "justice," marched around the reflecting pool at 901 Bagby, before filing inside with plans to vent their concerns in front of City Council.
The group's chief issue, leaders said, is a recent requirement that drivers picking up passengers at Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports have new photo identification badges.
"It violates the constitutional rights of the cab drivers in that in enacts a very, very strenuous background check," said Deric Muhammad of the local Ministry of Justice for the Million More Movement, a group helping represent the drivers. "Many of them are being put out of business and not being allowed to work at the airport system for something they may have done in the past."
Airport officials say everyone else doing business in their facilities is required to wear a badge and undergo criminal background checks.
"We believe that security of something everyone needs to be focused on in this day and age," said Mark Mancuso, a deputy director at the city's Aviation Department. [bold and italics added]
In a better, more rational world, it would not be up to the government, but to the private owner of an airport, whom he allowed to work there, and the owner would not have to worry about such niceties as treating everyone equally. He could simply just refuse entry of Moslems wholesale to his airport. And the government wouldn't control who could work as a cab driver, either.
But we do not live in such a world. That being the case, if the government is going to screen transportation workers, it is not unreasonable for it to have uniform standards. It is furthermore not unreasonable for the government to run a background check on such employees. Having said that, I think it is fair to say that some of the drivers represented by Deric Muhammad probably have things better now than he could reasonably expect in a free society, and yet he petulantly demands more.
Indeed, according to his very words, he feels that it unfair to bar someone from employment on the basis of his track record. The last time I checked, even the government recognized that as a reasonable basis for denying someone employment!
In a world where someone named "Mohammed" is often behind acts of terrorism, and yet it somehow remains controversial to regard Islam as a motivating factor, is it really any wonder that someone with that name plainly regards a moral blank check as his birthright? The left, after all, has taught us for ages that passing judgement is the root of all evil.
I am nearly speechless here. This is a protest against the virtue of justice being carried on -- literally -- in the name of justice!
PS: Pursuant to a reader comment, I note the following on Muhammad's background and tactics: (1) Muhammad is a Black Moslem (e.g., "Lead organizer was Deric Muhammad, of Muhammad's Mosque No. 45..."), who works for a leftist organization that features a video of Louis Farrakhan on the entry page of its web site. (2) Moslems do not monopolize this form of irrationality. Indeed, the left perfected it and the Moslems are now cashing in, which is a very profound point that should not be overlooked.
Today: (1) Added PS. (2) Made two small corrections.