Jan 27 2012
MUSLIM TAXI: Mix together a little gender apartheid and non-Muslim bigotry and you get the kind of taxi company that no Christian would be allowed to operate.
The Local A German Muslim man has created a new website to arrange shared car trips with a twist – it’s targeted toward Muslims, and drivers can only offer transport to members of the same sex.
Called Muslimtaxi.de, the site is based on the same principle as other popular websites like mitfahrgelegenheit.de , which lets cost-conscious Germans arrange shared car rides. Those interested in offering rides specify their gender, asking price and how many passengers they can accommodate. Potential passengers contact the driver directly.
Selim Reid, a 24-year-old from Norderstedt, city of about 70,000 near Hamburg, told the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper that he was inspired to create the site because of Muslims’ bad ride-sharing experiences.
In 1996, for instance, his parents, who are originally from Iraq, caught a ride with a Muslim-hating driver who spent the whole time criticizing them. “The driver and the people with him swore the whole way about foreigners in general and in particular about my mother’s head scarf,” Reid told the newspaper. “Those really looking for dialogue will find it by using Muslim Taxi,” he said.
In operation since late last year, the website has attracted its share of criticism. People have accused Reid of trying to create a parallel society and supporting immigrants who don’t want to integrate in German culture.
“Many Muslim brothers and sisters complained that they can’t use conventional offers because the gender segregation stipulated by Islam is not implemented,” he added.
IN THE UK, a BBC Radio journalist was fired for being “racist” after she called a taxi company and requested they send a non-Muslim driver to pick up her 14-year-old daughter who would be afraid to get in a car with
Muslim with a rag on his head. (In other words, she didn’t want her daughter alone in a car with a potential rapist who looks at all non-Muslim women as sluts)