In the latest Uncommon Knowledge,
Dennis Prager (at around the 17 minute mark) begins telling a story
to emphasize a point he was making about how Islam does not value liberty.
He mentioned the Somali cab drivers at the airport in
Minnesota refuse to allow passengers who carry alcohol or have dogs into
By contrast, Mr. Prager got a call
from a mailman in Colorado who is a fundamentalist Christian who said he,
as a mailman, has to deliver pornography, and he is at least opposed, as a
Christian, to pornography as Muslim is to alcohol or dogs. But, he
delivers the pornography because he believes in freedom.
Forgive me, but am I the only one
who noticed problems with this?
First of all, that man delivers
pornography because he is paid to do so. It is his job. He is paid
a generous salary, very generous benefits and will collect a very generous
pension on my dime. So, while he may believe in freedom, he
delivers it because he is paid.
Second, as far as I am able to
tell (with limited research), those Minnesota Somali cab drivers, unlike
the sanctimonious mailman, are not federal employees suckling on the
public teat. More likely they are independent operators or they work for
a cab company. If they are independent operators, who own or lease their
cabs, itís their business if they refuse, because of their belief system, to
serve some customers.
This is a measure of values.
Those cab drivers believe enough in Islam to stand on their principles
refuse money and risk the economic consequences. This mailman may claim
to have an objection to pornography, but obviously not enough to stand on
principle and refuse that government pay check, those generous government benefits
or that pension.
That is what freedom is. The freedom to associate or not
associate with whom you choose based on your own personal values system.
Those taxi drivers value Islam, the mailman values his government
pension. To each his own, but it doesn't prove Islam is anti-freedom.