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Written by: Diana West
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 10:47 AM 

NYC sharia alert (via Jihadwatch) from the New York Post.

Not that the New York Post knows it is printing a NYC sharia alert, but it is. The story, about a homosexual couple being bounced from a Muslim-driven cab, is from the same playbook as the The  Breslin story about a mosque demanding a new restaurant/bar stop serving alchohol. The Post story and headline are neutral (read: clueless) on the topic of Islamic attitudes toward homosexuality (hurling homosexuals from a window and stoning them where they lie, if still living, is one penalty I've come across). Clearly, the Post thinks it is reporting business as usual, with a typically honkin' headline and everything, but this is not business as usual. There appears to be a definitie racheting-up of public affirmations of Islamic law in ... the Big Apple.

"Crabby Cabby Boots Same-Sex Lovebirds"

An overzealous cabby allegedly booted a gay couple when he spotted the duo sharing a warm embrace in the back of his cold car.

Overzealous -- or just plain Islamically pious?

Paul Bruno and his partner hailed the yellow cab Monday night at 13th Street and First Avenue and sat close, Bruno told The Post.

But the driver, identified by Bruno and city records as Medhat Mohamed, was apparently appalled by their shows of affection -- and pulled the cab over two blocks into the trip.

"You guys have to get out of the taxi! Hugging is not allowed in here!" the driver said, according to Bruno.

Taxicab as Dar al-Islam.

Stunned, the lovebirds exited and watched the taxi peel away.

"I was shocked," said Bruno, 27, who called the act "discrimination against homosexuals."

The encounter took place at 10:20 p.m. after the couple attended a birthday dinner and hailed a ride to East Harlem.

"To pull over after two blocks and be so blatantly intolerant is outrageous," Bruno said.

"He needs to exercise the rules in which he was employed a little more closely."

But sharia trumps "man-made" company rules every time.

Both men said they hoped other cabbies didn't share the same views on an innocent act.

"I don't know if it was a personal or religious thing.

Getting warmer.

But it's never OK to deny anyone a ride, especially when it's such blatant and direct discrimination," added Bruno, a lifelong city resident.

Get ready for this: It's "OK" under Islamic law.

The driver could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission "would take such an allegation very seriously and fully investigate," said spokesman Allan Fromberg.

Such a violation carries serious consequences for a cabby, sources added.

It would be considered a "service refusal." The first offense is a $200 to $350 fine, the second a $350 to $500 fine and a 30-day suspension, and the third strike is license revocation.

The TLC often conducts undercover stings looking for cabbies who reject customers for no legitimate reason.

Bruno said he and his partner immediately filed an official complaint against the driver via 311.

Both men want a formal apology from the driver, and say they believe hacks should be put though more rigorous sensitivity training.

"He's in the wrong place and in the wrong line of work if he doesn't have an open and tolerant attitude," said Bruno, adding, "I've seen a lot more go on in taxis than hugging."




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