Ohio: Muslim Cab Drivers Refuse to Drive Cabs with “Gay Games” Ads “for Religious Reasons”

Muslim drivers for the cab fleet at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are refusing to drive with cars that carry signs advertising the Gay Games hosted by Cleveland in August. (Plain Dealer file photo)


Theresa Sparks, call your office. The silence from the gay community is deafening. It mirrors the silence of feminist groups in the face of Islamic misogyny (not to mention Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s cancellation).

Gay organizations were quite bold in condemning my ads highlighting Muslim oppression of gays, but when faced with Islamic homophobia, the loud and the boisterous are struck deaf and dumb. “Tom Nobbe, executive director of the Gay Games coming to Cleveland in August, could not be reached for comment.”

If you recall, Muslim cab drivers protested against our honor killing taxi top campaign in major US cities. They were removing the ads or taking them down at the beginning of their shift and then putting them back before shift change.

The airport said it brokered an agreement between the taxi cab stand operator, Standard Parking, and the cab companies to allow for replacing drivers who don’t want to drive in the 75-cab Hopkins fleet.

They caved. Without so much as a whimper. Cab companies will replace the drivers.

The Plain Dealer buries the lede, of course. You have to scroll the article to get to the fact that the cab drivers are Muslims.

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 “Some Cleveland Hopkins cab drivers refuse to drive with Gay Games signage,” Plain Dealer, April 5, 2014

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Some drivers of the zone-based taxis operating out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport have notified their companies they don’t want to drive the cabs for religious reasons, citing rooftop placards that are advertising the upcoming Gay Games.

Hopkins released a statement saying that two of the three taxi companies operating at the airport — Ace and Yellow Taxi – were informed by several of their drivers they will no longer participate in the airport’s dedicated taxi cab program.

Patrick Keenan, general manager for the third company, Americab, said two of his drivers also have opted not to drive because of the Gay Games ads. The drivers are Muslims, Keenan and Hopkins spokeswoman Jackie Mayo said.

The drivers told their companies that their decision was based on religious reasons, Hopkins said in its statement.

The airport said it brokered an agreement between the taxi cab stand operator, Standard Parking, and the cab companies to allow for replacing drivers who don’t want to drive in the 75-cab Hopkins fleet. The companies plan to backfill the fleet with metered taxi cabs until each company can hire permanent drivers for the airport program. Hopkins cabs charge fixed amounts for the zone of the metro area you’re going to, rather than charging based on a running meter.

It is expected to take about two to three weeks to repopulate the fleet.

Tom Nobbe, executive director of the Gay Games coming to Cleveland in August, could not be immediately reached.

At Americab, Keenan explained that the airport sells the space on the taxis’ roof-mounted placards and gets any revenue generated from the advertising.

“We don’t have any objections to the signage,” he said. “We’re fully supportive of the games. We’re not in concert with (the protesting drivers) on that. We don’t share those views.”

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  • Tilley

    Can’t say I blame the Muzzard on this one. I wouldn’t drive the cab either. Really getting sick of the main-streaming of homosexualists. Marriage, parades, whatever. Just because I find sodomy and gay bath houses sickening doesn’t mean I’m pro Islam either.

    • T Newton

      Think they are quite right. Driving those cabs with this advertising would be embarrassing certainly. Games exclusive to Gays are welcomed nowadays. Try organizing a Non-Gay Games and see how quickly you will be arrested.

    • dumhammad

      At least gays aren’t murdering, raping and persecuting anyone not on-board w/their beliefs.

      • brockvond

        Um….not persecuting? What about “Duck Dynasty”? Sure seemed like persecution to me. By the way, I’ve never watched the DD show.

  • Vetinfringed

    Send them back to where ever they came from. Islam should be banned as a hate group with the Zionists.

    • dumhammad

      FOAD Adolph.

  • lonestar

    This isn’t any different than Hobby Lobby not wanting to pay for abortion pills. I am quite shocked to find myself agreeing with the muslim drivers on this one.

  • Michael Santarella

    If he was Christian he would have heard ‘YER FIRED’

  • dumhammad

    After reading this article I find myself wanting to see more taxicabs w/gay themed advertising.

  • brockvond

    Does that make these Muslims haters and homophobes? Will somebody please ask Obama?

  • Tricky Dicky :<)

    I guess when you adhere to Islam’s strict moral code as do these cab drivers, you can’t even sit in sin’s shadow. If only the world’s Muslim’s would adopt the cab-driver mentality, there’d be no honor killings, child marriages, or jihadi terrorism, forced conversion, or misogyny, sexual grooming of children, or all those other Islamic goodies that defile humanity.

    Oh, wait, that doesn’t make sense, that IS Islam’s moral code. Gosh, I’m so confused. I must be one of those islamophobes I’ve been hearing so much about.

  • laoch

    If it was in Russia or the Christen religion the LGBT community would have a lot to say . Or if the taxi men was a Christen they would say a lot and also in the news channels . But when it comes to Muslim they all are silent .

  • guymacher

    Why do Muslim cabbies exist? Because civilized people have not boycotted them! Refuse to do business with Mulsims!

  • Sharon ODonnell
  • right_wing2

    100% back the right of these cab drivers to refuse to drive cabs with ‘gay games’ ads on them, just as I back their right to refuse to carry someone with a dog or someone with a bottle of booze. Or a woman who isn’t covered head to toe.

    I also back the right of anyone else to boycott the Muslim cab drivers who are boycotting the ads, the dogs, the booze or the uncovered women.