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VIDEO: Canadian Muslim Taxi Drivers Refuse to Take Blind Passengers With Guide Dogs

Society & Culture  (tags: Canada, Muslim cab drivers, Islamic dog hatred, refusing blind with guide dogs, human rights abuses )

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Islam's founder hated dogs and commanded most killed. Islamic hatred for dogs has endured through today. Recently, it has resulted in dog poisonings in Europe and dog walkers being attacked. Now the blind w/guide dogs cannot get a taxi in Saskatoon. Video

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Beth S (330)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 4:56 pm
Where are the rights of this blind man to be accompanied by his guide dog?

The Sun News commentator remarks that Muslim taxi cab drivers have also refused rides to passengers who have UNOPENED bottles of alcohol, because the taxi drivers are not allowed to drink alcohol. What's next? Refusing shoppers who by a ham?

"Mike Simmonds has been blind for nearly 17 years, but he's never let that hold him back -- he plays hockey and organizes the cross-country comedy fundraiser, PucknFunny, to raise money for his favourite sport. So, he's used to taking taxis around the city of Saskatoon to accommodate his busy lifestyle.

Just recently, he started having difficulty hailing a cab. That's because Mike is now accompanied by his new guide dog, and best friend, Graham.

After a Muslim taxi driver with Comfort Cabs told Mike that he wasn't comfortable with Graham because of his religious beliefs, Mike says he phoned the manager with, not an animal rights complaint, but a human rights complaint. He was told that the company does have policies in place to protect service animals from being discriminated against and that they would take action to help ensure it didn't happen again. But, when the challenges didn't stop there, Mike decided to take matters into his own hands and file a complaint with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission."

Ben B (20)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 5:08 pm
Very sad..., although the story does raise a very important social issue for Western countries, how do you balance competing rights, i.e. respect for individual religious beliefs/freedom of worship and the human rights of others?

Generally the answer has been that all people must respect and obey the laws of the country in which they reside, irrespective of their personal beliefs, i.e. that State secular law takes precedence over religious law where there is conflict between the two. Further that, in this case, employees should abide by their employer's policies, if they break the rules they should be subject to the employer's disciplinary provisions. If they can't abide by the rules, they probably should find alternate work.

Finally, the blind should be provided every opportunity to engage in society, including support to facilitate their mobility.

Very interesting story, thanks Beth for posting.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 8:15 pm
This is just wrong. These Neanderthals live in a liberal civilized society in which every citizen is treated fairly and with respect----so as new immigrants then bloody live each day with this in mind---otherwise move back to your sorry excuse 4 a pathetic country. Putrid ideology.

Rahman Qureshi (76)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 9:20 pm
The Muslim taxi cab driver is the blind one, following Muhammad.

The Muslim should be fired as an example to all other Muslims that their supposed "superior" Islamic Shari'a law will not be allowed to be imposed on non-Muslims.

Helen Porter (39)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 10:45 pm
Beth, you're back posting again.

Good to see.......


Hilary S (65)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 12:54 am
so now it's the rights of blind people vs the rights of muslim taxi drivers to act out their superstitions? seems to me such matters need to be included in taxi license tests. 3 cheers for mike.

. (0)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 9:43 am
Noted & posted. Revoke the license please.

Carol D (346)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 9:57 am
My guess is Islams founder had one smart dog that knew evil when he saw it and probably bit the worthless scum bag!! These taxi drivers need to be driven out of business and out of the country!!

Caroline S (78)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 10:00 am
???? Scandaleux }:-((

Thursday December 12, 2013, 10:42 am
Amongst raving loonies of the left in Canada, this "chosen" religions' rights top those of anyone else's including disabled people.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 2:17 pm
Revoke the license until he comes to his senses. I tired of this multi cultural BS.

Stan B (123)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 4:48 pm
If the cab company had any decency they would have fired this moron on the spot.

Beth S (330)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 5:08 pm
The problem is that this one company has almost all Muslim drivers, and it's the only company in town.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 9:16 pm
His license should be revoked.

Rekha S (0)
Friday December 13, 2013, 4:14 am
This is totally wrong and unacceptable to their human rights. That taxi driver should be fired and have his license taken off him.

Rekha S (0)
Friday December 13, 2013, 4:15 am
Not just the taxi driver alone but the whole company too for not firing him in the first place.

kirsi m (1)
Friday December 13, 2013, 7:10 am
Wrong and unacceptable. He does not have to like dogs but no one forces him to touch it! Shameful way to treat disabled man.

Barb Knight (1688)
Friday December 13, 2013, 1:51 pm
Ignoramus taxi driver!!

Birgit W (160)
Friday December 13, 2013, 3:14 pm

Lynne Buckley (0)
Friday December 13, 2013, 4:00 pm
Very wrong. The company should fire him.

Carlene V (202)
Friday December 13, 2013, 4:47 pm
Religious freedom should not include denying any disabled person from getting into a cab with their service dog. This is really appalling.

Gloria H (88)
Friday December 13, 2013, 7:18 pm
The second time the owner should have picked the guy up in his own car. We ...Comfort Taxi needs a little competition.sounds like a monopoly..any one interested in starting a taxi service or getting employment? I'm sure there are plenty of people who want to and are willing to work!
If there are religious issues against dogs/liquor buying...then start a taxi service run by Moslems exclusively FOR moslems. End of problem.

Robert B (60)
Friday December 13, 2013, 8:44 pm
A REAL Muslim is supposed to treat all animals with care. These taxi drivers are FRAUDULENT Muslims. ALL fundamentalists are FRAUDS. They are not spiritual people.

Shan D (49)
Friday December 13, 2013, 9:18 pm
"Amongst raving loonies of the left in Canada, this "chosen" religions' rights top those of anyone else's including disabled people." (Bernard Cronyn)

Bernard, why don't you ask a real left-wing Canadian whose rights should come out on top in this instance, instead of shooting your mouth off?

Canada is a multicultural country, yes. However, it is the LAW that service animals be admitted to stores, offices, buses, taxis - anywhere that is accessible to the public, they are allowed. The driver's religion is irrelevant. If he only wants to drive Muslim-conforming customers, he knows which countries he can move to.

This cab company is a disgrace, and I hope it gets smacked down good.

That wouldn't happen in Red Deer - at least not more than once. We're even allowed to bring cats in taxis, provided we notify the company ahead of time and make sure the cat is in a proper, locked carrier.


Inge B (202)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 12:01 am
Are Muslims really that bad and we so good?

Make Love not Hate
Make Peace not War

Ruth C (87)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 6:21 am
You said it Natasha!

Winn A (179)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 11:56 am
Very sad and he shouldn't be allowed to do this.

Beth S (330)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 3:54 pm

I'm glad to hear that you're area of Canada is not like this. I think you will find with time, things in Canada, at least in many parts will be changing.

Muslims do not have a problem with cats, as Muhammad did not have a problem a problem with cats. However, his followers have problems with the same things he did. And he definitely had a problem with dogs.

The amount of Hadiths, etc., in Islam about dogs are way too long to spell out here, but I'll give you some of them and you can check out the site for more:


Below are a number of Hadith on various aspects involving dogs. All Hadith are from the Sahih collections of Bukhari[1] and Muslim[2], or the Sunan of Abu Dawud[3]. After the Quran, Bukhari's set of Hadith are regarded to be the second most important books in Islam, followed closely by the Hadith of Muslim. I quote from these sources to prove that these Hadith are not just a few isolated or unsupported cases. I have sorted Muhammad's statements concerning dogs into 5 categories. All of these illustrate different facets of his beliefs regarding dogs.


From Bukhari Vol. 4, #540

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Allah's Apostle ordered that the dogs should be killed.

From Abu Dawud #2839

Abd Allah B. Mughaffal reported the apostle of Allah as saying: Were dogs not a species of creature I should command that they all be killed; but kill every pure black one.

The Hadith's note for #2839 says, "The prophet did not order the killing of all the dogs, for some are to be retained for hunting and watching. He ordered to kill the jet black ones. They might be more mischievous among them.

From Muslim #3814

Ibn Mughaffal reported: Allah's messenger ordered the killing of dogs and then said, "what is the trouble with them (the people of Medina? How dogs are nuisances to them (the citizens of Medina)? He then permitted keeping of dogs for hunting and (the protection of) herds. ...[and for] for the protection of cultivated land.

From Muslim #Number 055

Ibn Mughaffal reported: The Messenger of Allah ordered killing of the dogs, and then said: What about them, i. e. about other dogs? and then granted concession (to keep) the dog for hunting and the dog for (the security) of the herd, and said: When the dog licks the utensil, wash it seven times, and rub it with earth the eighth time.

From Muslim #3813

Abu Zubair heard Jabir Abdullah saying: Allah's messenger ordered us to kill dogs and we carried out this order so much so that we also killed the dog roaming with a women from the desert. Then Allah's apostle forbade their killing. He said: "It is your duty to kill the jet-black (dog) having two spots (on the eyes) for it is a devil.

The note for #3814 says,

"The Hadith gives us an idea why the prophet commanded to kill dogs. There must have been an excess of stray dogs and thus the danger of rabies in the city of Medina and its suburbs. The prophet therefore ordered to kill them. Later on when it was found that his Companions were killing them indiscriminately, he forbade them to do so and told them that only the ferocious beasts which were a source of danger to life should be killed. The word "Devil" in the Hadith clarifies this point. Here devil stands for ferocious.

P. L. Neola (21)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 3:06 am
It could be going on in Las Vegas. We do have a very high percentage of Muslim cab drivers.
Unfortunately, Islam does signify regressing into the Middle Ages, and the nations of those times did discriminate against children and people with disabilities with or without dogs.

. (0)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 6:25 am
𝖓𝖔𝖙𝖊𝖉. 𝖙𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖐𝖘 𝖇𝖊𝖙𝖍!

Sunday January 5, 2014, 10:42 am
Inje in your Elsa Beskow Fairy Tale land up there in the snow asks "Are Muslims really that bad and we so good?" We (presumably non-muslims) are not so good, but the Islamic ideology (have you read anything at all about it?) clearly and unequivocally commands its adherents to treat non-muslim infidels like dirt. Islam is a fundamentalist religion that means, dear Inje, that their holy book is taken literally and is not open to interpretation as the Bible is to reformed Christian religions.

Inge B (202)
Monday March 31, 2014, 1:00 am
Hi, Here is Ijne from Elsa Beskow Fairy Tale land as saying.
Prohibit all f-cking religion crap. Wake up and live life now, there will be no afterlife.

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