Religion VS. Disability: Here Is An Example Of The Principles Behind Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness…
Here in the United States under the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, one has a right to refuse services for whatever reason they want, including reasons that involve practicing archaic religious Dogma such as the Islamic faith. In numerous countries including Western countries, there is an issue with many cab drivers that are of Islamic faith, refusing to transport passengers with dogs, alcohol, and for other reasons they believe conflict with their religious beliefs. While it may be true that it is completely ridiculous and/or unethical for them to refuse to serve you based on their silly religious beliefs, it is still well within their rights to do so under the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They have the right to practice their religion as they see fit as long as it doesn’t violate your rights. (Remember, you have a right to pursue and offer services, but you don’t have a right to force others to service you) Also, if the companies they work for don’t like the employee’s religious practices, because it may interfere with their ability to conduct business, it’s their right to terminate the cab driver. But if the cab company is ok with the employer’s religious practices but we as consumers are not, we have the right to take our business elsewhere and/or protest and boycott the cab companies that allow such business practices.
These are social issues that must be worked out in the private sector through true free market principles that are based in the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am not defending the Islamic faith or any religion’s belief system, I am merely defending the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Many countries don’t practice true ‘Free Liberty Market’ principles, including here in the States, and as a result we have all these legal entanglements that are not necessary. We get into issues with Disability Acts and Religious Acts conflicting against each other, and a whole web of problems develop as a result of not practicing the simple basic principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
– Michael Vincent –