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'Religious' Taxi Drivers in Cleveland Refusing to Drive Cabs Bearing Ads for the 'Gay Games': VIDEO


The 2014 Gay Games are set to take place in Cleveland from August 9-16 and The Plain Dealer is reporting that some drivers of the zone-based taxis operating out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport have notified their bosses that they will not drive the cabs for religious reasons, because the cabs have signage advertising the 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.

WOIO adds:

19 Action News reporter Brian Duffy spoke with about 20 cabbies at the airport who are still driving and all of them confirmed there are drivers who have walked off the job on protest. Representatives of AmeriCab, one of the three cab companies on the job at the airport, also confirmed the protest but say only one of their drivers has been reassigned.

We're told at least 16-17 drivers who work for Ace Taxi, another company working out of the airport, are no longer driving. We went to Ace but were told they were too busy to talk to us. Yellow Cab, a third cab company at the airport, never returned our calls.

Watch a report on the walk-off from Cleveland's WOIO, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Boy, you really had to twist into a pretzel to finally use "Muslim" didn't you.

    Posted by: MIke | Apr 15, 2014 10:21:20 AM

  2. More bigotry masquerading as religious fervor. It's good to see it's not only Xtians.

    Hey, you can't perform the duties of your job... find another. It won't be long before we see the list of all the other ads that would have violated their beliefs, but it's always the 'gay' that is the breaking point.

    Yeah, what's that about, eh?

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Apr 15, 2014 10:25:44 AM

  3. If these religious taxi-drivers truly believe in God, a benevolent Higher Power, they won't discriminate against gays, or anyone.
    And the pay-off? Gays are good tippers! Give - and ye shall receive back.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Apr 15, 2014 10:25:46 AM

  4. I am sure they able to find other people to work.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Apr 15, 2014 10:28:16 AM

  5. Since these drivers are so hobbled by their religion that they can't be seen promoting a SPORTING event I'd have to assume that they'd refuse service to any of the participants. Better they should quit their jobs now before they are further forced to compromise themselves by actually doing the work they were hired for.

    Posted by: e.c. | Apr 15, 2014 10:30:49 AM

  6. maybe people will get to their actual destination now!

    Posted by: gary | Apr 15, 2014 10:30:49 AM

  7. As someone pointed out on another site, Muslim cab drivers have no qualms about driving their taxis when the ads feature strip clubs and scantily-clad women.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Apr 15, 2014 10:40:30 AM

  8. freedom OF religion also means freedom FROM religion. they won't loose their jobs. we've entered into the era a religious "persecution" and "victimization" that are becoming the constant drone of the ultra-right.

    and ya wanna bet that there will now be some 'christianist' drivers who are going to join them in 'support'? yeah, right.....

    Posted by: mike/ | Apr 15, 2014 10:44:35 AM

  9. freedom OF religion also means freedom FROM religion. they won't loose their jobs. we've entered into the era a religious "persecution" and "victimization" that are becoming the constant drone of the ultra-right.

    and ya wanna bet that there will now be some 'christianist' drivers who are going to join them in 'support'? yeah, right.....

    Posted by: mike/ | Apr 15, 2014 10:44:37 AM

  10. Ironic that a lot of the people willing to stand against post 9/11 Muslim prejudice are probably gay.

    Posted by: Dixichuk | Apr 15, 2014 10:58:53 AM

  11. Good God, I do wish people would LEARN the difference between the words "LOOSE" and "LOSE" and the proper application of both.

    Posted by: aregeejay | Apr 15, 2014 10:59:13 AM

  12. That's fine, someone else can have their jobs.

    Posted by: M | Apr 15, 2014 11:24:18 AM

  13. If you're staying downtown, you don't need a cab. Just grab the Red line at the airport, and for a couple of bucks you'll be whisked downtown to Terminal Tower which is within a few blocks of most hotels.

    Posted by: Hank | Apr 15, 2014 11:25:51 AM

  14. The funny thing with prejudice and discrimination, once we allow it where do we finally draw the line? The unwed mother who wishes to give birth at the hospital passed up for religious reasons? Passing up women who are attempting to travel across town without a male escort?

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Apr 15, 2014 11:35:02 AM

  15. religious conservatives need to support the drivers with a boycott all cabs that advertise anything that could remotely be considered sinful - condoms, r rated movies, plays with "sinful" themes or nudity, honey maid graham crackers, boy & girl scouts, starbucks, disney, expedia, p&g...more cabs for everyone else, and less hypocrisy as shown by these drivers by singling out the gay games.

    Posted by: northalabama | Apr 15, 2014 11:39:15 AM

  16. So what's the problem? Fire the dumb bastards. There are plenty of more reasonable people looking for work.

    Posted by: jomicur | Apr 15, 2014 11:48:03 AM

  17. Easy to resolve. When in Cleveland, do not get in a cab that does not bear the advertising. If the drivers choose to lose the pay and tips because of their "religious" beliefs and won't drive the cabs...their loss.

    Posted by: JKMnMD | Apr 15, 2014 12:04:54 PM

  18. Islamization is expanding and within a few generations all of Europe will be mostly Muslim. As will most of Africa and all Asia -excepting China, the far east and Hindu India. Even countries like Canada have rapidly expanding Muslim populations. Eventually, when they become a majority, gays will be faced with the deep, dark closet or death. This is what Muslims believe and they BELIEVE it!
    Gay anything is just NOT compatible with Islam as they see it. If you're gay, death is what Islam wants to visit on you. There is coming clash between modern society accepting of gays (and women rights) and Muslims who want to see the gays dead and the women veiled and subservient. The Muslims will likely win because they are willing to kill, kill, kill for their religious beliefs. They do it all the time.
    For this reason I am never getting into a cab that has a Muslim driver.
    We should boycott Muslim drivers of cabs. If they want to boycott us, we boycott them. It's YOUR cab ride. You have the right to request a NON-MUSLIM driver. I will be doing exactly this, and doing it proudly. I will ask the driver: are you Muslim? If he says yes, I'm out of his cab.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Apr 15, 2014 12:09:12 PM

  19. Even easier solution . . . . buy gay games advertising for each and every cab coming out of Cleveland Hopkins. Then, let the bigoted religious nut jobs self select themselves out of a job. These haters should not be accommodated by allowing them to drive some other cab with different advertising.

    Posted by: Continuum | Apr 15, 2014 12:11:13 PM

  20. Unemployed bigots. I love putting those two words together.

    Posted by: Marc | Apr 15, 2014 12:16:49 PM

  21. Smarten up about who hates you. Try walking instead, but keep an eye out for bashers. Now enjoy our new found freedom!

    Posted by: Gary | Apr 15, 2014 12:29:30 PM

  22. Muslims are taking over the world, huh?

    This blog is being dominated by the looney tunes today...on every news topic.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 15, 2014 12:30:59 PM

  23. What's really bizarre is that most of these bigots are Muslims and muslims are more hated in the USA than gays!!

    Posted by: Caligula | Apr 15, 2014 12:59:12 PM

  24. Thank you Mike for reminding us all that freedom of religion is also freedom FROM religion.

    This is something we should all champion and it sells better since many followers are quick to point out their differences from other religions. Muslim, for example never want to be confused as Jews. Or one just needs to look at Northern Ireland. So using your statement will sell better.

    As to Cleveland taxi drivers all I ask if you are providing a public service then you must follow the rules of this country. On the other hand I now want the right to know if any cab driver is anti gay so I do not have to give them my business. For example we now see in Mississippi that some business are putting up signs saying that they will not discriminate. So I now ask that all business do the same in all States. Let's see who the bigots are.

    Posted by: Dawson | Apr 15, 2014 1:34:45 PM

  25. Are we not, again, talking about public accommodations? They may not be fired based on religious beliefs (i.e., you can't fire someone because of their Christianity, Judaism or Islamism), but couldn't they be fired for failing non-discrimination laws based on public accommodations law? They're just bums--low and dirty.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Apr 15, 2014 1:40:51 PM

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