Taxi Controversy in the Twin Cities
Minneapolis-St. Paul is home to the nation's largest Somali community, and more than 600 airport taxi drivers in the cities are Somali, most of them Muslim. About 100 passengers each month are denied transportation because the Somali taxi drivers refuse to haul passengers carrying liquor. Some drivers have also refused to carry blind passengers with guide dogs, on grounds that the Koran says dog saliva is unclean. And some Muslim store cashiers in the Twin Cities have refused to scan pork products, alleging this also violates their faith.
Read more about the controversy in Linda Chavez's article "Intolerance in the Twin Cities."