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Muslim, Refuses Ride to Visually Impaired Man Because of Guide Dog: ‘It’s About My Religion’

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I am feeling that love and peace.


Charles Bloch approached the taxi on a Leicester, England, street Friday and was quickly rebuffed.

Bloch, who is visually impaired, was with his guide dog — and the taxi driver wasn’t too keen on the pooch as a passenger.


“Me, I don’t take the dog,” the driver said on a cellphone video captured by Bloch’s girlfriend Jessica-Amy Graham, who is also visually impaired.

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“Why?” Bloch asked him.

“Well, it’s a choice for me,” the driver replied.

“By law you can’t deny us,” Bloch protested.

“It’s about my religion,” the driver said.

Bloch replied that the driver’s actions violated a disability law that prohibits taxi drivers from denying service to visually impaired people accompanied by guide dogs.

Still, the driver insisted on calling it in — and after Bloch & Co. stepped around to the other side of the cab, the driver prevailed.

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The video shows the driver in the car apparently talking to dispatch operator over a radio who agrees with the driver first to send another cab — despite Bloch’s protests that he didn’t want another cab — and then to cancel the ride.

“If you drive away, I’ll sue you,” Bloch told the taxi driver.

“Yeah, I’m ready to go to the police,” the driver replied as he drove off.

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The taxi driver is reportedly a Muslim, according to the Daily Mail and the Daily Star.

Suleman Nagdi of the Federation of Muslim Organizations told ITV that Islam commands care for vulnerable people, whether they’re with dogs or not.

“I’m very sad to hear that a particular individual was discriminated,” Nagdi told the outlet. “Firstly, there’s no basis within the faith to discriminate, and of course, there are legal rulings as well to do with this. On faith, the individual has to be protected, because Islam protects all those who are weak and vulnerable in society, and we talk about the prophet Mohammed who came as a mercy to all of creation.”

Nagdi added, “This is just individuals making their own interpretation — I would encourage them to speak to religious leaders if they are concerned.”

Others who commented on Facebook took a harsher stance.

“For religious purposes my arse!” Emrah Gokce wrote, the Daily Star said. “How can he deny a blind man. He was clearly a Muslim. I’m a Muslim myself and I think what he did was disgusting!”

Sabaah Patel echoed that sentiment, the Daily Star said: “Guide dogs are actually allowed to enter mosques so for this man to refuse him for religious reasons is just stupid.”

Husman Khan also chimed in, according to the Daily Star: “Dogs in typical Muslim cultures are functional animals and are not kept as pets. There is also a tradition around how the saliva of a dog is ritually impure. One imagines dogs in pre-modern times carried diseases. Despite that there is no reason to refuse a guide dog. None.”

Here’s the clip, which has received more than 1.6 million views on Facebook as of Wednesday afternoon:
Taxi Driver, Reportedly a Muslim, Refuses Ride to Visually Impaired Man Because of Guide Dog: ‘It’s About My Religion’
 

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Someone needs to tell that cabbie that if he wants to keep his e5278066.gif job, he damn well better start accepting service dogs...either that or the dog's owner shoulda' sicced his dog on the Mohammedan.
 

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Well as I have said before if it is his business he should have every right to deny business to ever he wishes. But as I have demonstrated it should be shared for all to see when scumbags like this deny service to people who need special help.
 

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Well as I have said before if it is his business he should have every right to deny business to ever he wishes. But as I have demonstrated it should be shared for all to see when scumbags like this deny service to people who need special help.
It wasn't his own business as he called dispatch to send another cab for the guy and his dog.
 

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Well as I have said before if it is his business he should have every right to deny business to ever he wishes. But as I have demonstrated it should be shared for all to see when scumbags like this deny service to people who need special help.
I've said it before and I'll repeat it again: you offer a service in the public sphere, you damn well better be prepared to offer it to all who come, or don't offer it in the first place. Period, full stop.
 

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I've said it before and I'll repeat it again: you offer a service in the public sphere, you damn well better be prepared to offer it to all who come, or don't offer it in the first place. Period, full stop.

And I will repeat it again if it is your business you should have the right to refuse service to whoever you want even if you find it morally reprehensible. Thats why you have places like You Tube to hurt businesses to not make bad choices like they did.
 

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F*ck him and his religion. I wonder what his employer thinks about him refusing business.
 
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