Muslim bus drivers refuse to let guide dogs on board

 reposted from a story By Andy Dolan

Last updated at 4:14 AM on 19th July 2010

 Blind passengers are being ordered off buses or refused taxi rides because Muslim drivers or passengers object to their ‘unclean’ guide dogs.

One pensioner, a cancer sufferer, told how had twice been confronted by drivers and asked to get off the bus because of his guide dog, and had also faced hostility at a hospital and in a supermarket over the animal.

The problem to carry guide dogs on religious grounds has become so widespread that the matter was raised in the House of Lords last week, prompting transport minister Norman Baker to warn that a religious objection was not a reason to eject a passenger with a well-behaved guide dog.

George Herridge and his guide dog‘Stunned’: George Herridge, 73, was twice asked by bus drivers to leave their vehicles because of his guide dog, a black labrador

While drivers can use their discretion to refuse to carry non-disabled passengers with dogs, they are compelled to accept guide dogs under disability discrimination law.

Yesterday both the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and the National Federation of the Blind confirmed the problem was common, and, according to the latter organisation was ‘getting worse’.

The tension stems from a strand of Islamic teaching which warns against contact with dogs because the animal’s saliva was considered to be impure, the Muslim Council of Britain said.

It urged Muslims to show tolerance and common sense over the issue.

‘We need to be flexible on this,’ a spokesman said.  ‘Muslim drivers should have no hesitation in allowing guide dogs into their bus or car.

‘If a dog does lick you, it’s not the end of the world. Just go home and wash yourself.’

George Herridge, 73, a retired hospital maintenance manager, told the Daily Mail he was ‘stunned’ to be twice asked by bus drivers to leave their vehicles because of his guide dog Andy, a black Labrador.

Mr Herridge, who lives with wife Janet, 69, in Tilehurst, Reading, said that on the first occasion two years ago, he got off at the request of a Muslim driver because some Muslim children on board were ‘screaming’ because of the dog.

He found himself in a similar scenario in May last year, when a Muslim woman and her children became ‘hysterical’. Mr Herridge this time refused the driver’s request to alight. 

He complained to the bus company which launched an investigation. It later informed him the matter had been dealt with ‘internally’.

Jill Allen-King, spokesman for the NFB, said she had been repeatedly left on the kerb by Muslim taxi drivers who refused to take her dog.

One cab driver told her he would have to ‘go home now and wash myself’ when she tried to enter his car with her dog.

Mr Baker yesterday warned bus and cab companies that, while there were within their rights to ask a passenger to leave if the dog was causing a nuisance, it was ‘much more questionable to be asked to remove a dog for religious reasons’.

He added: ‘One person’s freedom is someone else’s restriction.’

In 2006, Muslim minicab driver Abdul Rasheed Majekodumni was fined £200 and ordered to pay £1,200 costs by magistrates in Marylebone, central London, after being prosecuted for failing to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act when he refused to take a blind passenger because her guide dog was ‘unclean’

Read more:

HIV positive boy denied admission sues Hershey school

Reposted from a story  By Eric Johnson

Thu Dec 1, 2011 7:14pm EST

(Reuters) – The family of an HIV-positive boy sued a boarding school in Hershey, Pennsylvania after it denied admission to the 13-year-old citing safety concerns, a school official said on Thursday.

The Milton Hershey School, a cost-free, private school for roughly 1,850 socially disadvantaged pre-kindergarten through high school students founded by the Hershey chocolate company, defended the controversial decision.

“In order to protect our children in this unique environment, we cannot accommodate the needs of students with chronic communicable diseases that pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others,” said Connie McNamara, a spokesman for the Milton Hershey School, located roughly 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

“The reason is simple. We are serving children, and no child can be assumed to always make responsible decisions that protect the well being of others,” McNamara said.

HIV, or the human immunodeficiency virus, is medical condition that undermines the body’s immune system and can make those infected susceptible to lethal cancers and infections. HIV is a precursor to AIDS, or the Acquired immune deficiency syndrome, a pandemic which has killed roughly 25 million people since its discovery in the early 1980s.

HIV is most commonly transmitted through sex or sharing needles with an infected person, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV is not transmitted by day-to-day casual contact, such as through shaking hands or a casual kiss. The CDC said it is not possible to become infected from a toilet seat, a drinking fountain, a door knob, dishes, drinking glasses, food, or pets.

The school said it planned to ask a federal judge to weigh-in on their decision, but attorneys for the boy and his mother “took the adversarial action of filing a lawsuit,” McNamara said.

The child’s attorneys at the non-profit AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania sought to compare the school’s actions to the Ryan White case, in which an HIV-positive Indiana boy was expelled from middle school in the 1980s because of the infection. That case led to the Ryan White Care Act of 1990.

Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of a real or perceived disability, including having HIV, according to the National Association of State Boards of Education.

White, who became infected after a hemophilia treatment and died of AIDS in 1990, became a national spokesman for AIDS research and public education and drew attention to the then little-known infection.

“Like Ryan White, this young man is a motivated, intelligent kid who poses no health risk to other students, but is being denied an educational opportunity because of ignorance and fear about HIV and AIDS,” said AIDS Law Project Executive Director Ronda B. Goldfein, who is representing the boy and his mother in the lawsuit.

The boy “is an honor roll student and an avid athlete” who controls his HIV through a regimen of medication that does not impact his school schedule, according to the lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

The school, which was founded by industrialist Milton S. Hershey in 1909 to care for orphans, said their case is different because it is a boarding school “where children live in homes with 10 to 12 other students” on its campus “24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” McNamara said.

Thursday was World AIDS Day and President Barack Obama announced new funding to battle AIDS and challenged other nations to boost their commitments to fund treatment.

(Reporting by Eric Johnson; Editing by Greg McCune)

Wheelchair Bound Robbed at Gunpoint! Has America Gone Mad?

 Police said it happened around 11 p.m. on Oct. 31 at 16th Ave. North & Oliver Ave. North.Officers said the woman, along with her 34-year-old caretaker, went to Cub Foods to get a money order for her rent. On their way there, two men wearing masks over their face approached them. One of the men pushed the caretaker while another went through the 70-year-old woman’s pockets. He had a gun and took the $550 in cash she had on her to purchase the money order.

Police said the suspects left on foot and haven’t been apprehended.

 The women were shook up and could only describe the men as wearing masks over their face and that the gun was black and had a long tip.

 Neither woman was injured.

If you think the above story is one off read below

 LEHIGH ACRES -A wheelchair-bound man who is paralyzed from the waist down was robbed on McArthur Boulevard in Lehigh Acres on Saturday morning.

According to a report from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy met with the victim, 36-year-old Robert Moore Jr. just after the robbery occurred.

Moore told the deputy that he had been traveling down McArthur Boulevard on his way to deposit his rent money in the bank when a black pickup truck pulled up next to him.

“The Metro’s right there. The Western Union’s inside Sweetbay. So I can take care of all my bills right there. I never made it there,” Moore said.

A white male exited the truck and approached Moore and the Hispanic male driver of the truck told Moore not to move.

“The passenger door opens, the driver stuck the gun out the window and told me, ‘don’t move,” Moore said.

Moore told deputies that the Hispanic man held a handgun and the white man dumped Moore from his wheelchair and onto the ground and then threw the wheelchair across the street.

“After he said ‘don’t move,’ I just go flying. The guy picked up my chair and threw it across the street,” Moore said.

The white man then robbed Moore of the $3,200 in cash from his wallet before throwing the empty wallet down the street.

Both men drove off in the black pickup truck. Moore lay stranded for nearly 10 minutes before a passerby stopped to help him.

Moore described the truck to deputies as an possibly an older model Dodge.

He described the suspects as being approximately 25 years old. The Hispanic man had short black hair, while the white man had a long, blonde ponytail.

And Again

Robbery Roundup: Man in wheelchair robbed, thrown to sidewalk at 22nd and James

  22nd and James, 8 a.m. November 4

Two men robbed a man in wheelchair, knocking him to the ground in the process before fleeing. The robbers got away with the backpack attached to the front of the victim’s wheelchair. They even started rooting through it in front of the victim while he was on the sidewalk, the man told police. The victim was left with scrapes on his hands.

From the police report:


On This World Aids Day a few thougths from Mia

On this world Aids day, we fight like never before to educate the world on preventing the worst pandemic to ever assault It, AIDS and HIV.

We complain about funding for research not being enough, we constantly fight the hypocrisy of the antiquated diatribe preached by the church that Aids doesn’t Affect the faithful, That it is purely a disease of the homosexual community when in fact in recent years the largest growing numbers of HIV infection in the western world is straight Heterosexual women aged 18-25. But when we try educating the very people who face a future world where Aids is as much a hurdle as any other illness our children, we hit one wall after another. Parents say how dare you, churches say not necessary, and when it is finally allowed it is watered down so much you would think we were educating school children on how not catch a cold rather than how to save their lives! With such a poor sex education in place we have to trust on every other aspect of a child’s education to put out children into the world who have been intelligently prepared for all that faces them in the future.

I was astounded today to hear that the Dumbing down of America has reached such a low that would even Forrest Gump couldn’t find a platitude that was appropriate. It has been revealed that children in some New York schools can earn credits in chemistry by learning to put make up on, and   a Geography credit by  using a map to catch public transport to 3 or 4 tourist destinations and back to school without getting lost! The mind boggles on the possibilities of how this could expand, if they shoot someone do they pass advanced maths because they got the trajectory right? If they’re able to make toast have they passed home economics? And if they can chew gum and walk have they passed the study of evolution!

Parents, it’s time to storm the Bastille it’s time to yell HELL NO NOT ON MY WATCH! Yes school is hard it’s meant to be ,life is hard and the mistakes that lay in wait for the uniformed and poorly educated can take their experience from a life fully lived with all the possibilities of the world in front of them, theirs for the taking, to one where the world leads them by the nose putting them in a easy to control box where it keeps all of societies mistakes . School can be a wondrous training ground for a future of amazement, or a fitting room for the disabilities of a life less lived. So parents tell the school that gives your child a metro card and Mary Yay Compaq instead of a world atlas and a chemistry primer to go to hell, because if you don’t that’s where they’re sending your kids!

A Decade of Progress on AIDS A Op-Ed Piece in The New York Times By Bono

Op-Ed Contributor


Joe Mortis

I’LL tell you the worst part about it, for me.

It was the look in their eyes when the nurses gave them the diagnosis — H.I.V.-positive — then said there was no treatment. I saw no anger in their expression. No protest. If anything, just a sort of acquiescence.

The anger came from the nurses, who knew there really was a treatment — just not for poor people in poor countries. They saw the absurdity in the fact that an accident of geography would deny their patients the two little pills a day that could save their lives.

This was less than a decade ago. And all of us who witnessed these dedicated African workers issuing death sentence after death sentence still feel fury and shame. AIDS set off an almost existential crisis in the West. It forced us to ask ourselves the big, uncomfortable questions, like whether capitalism, which invented the global village and kept it well stocked with stuff, could also create global solutions. Whether we were interested in charity… or justice.

The wanton loss of so many lives in Africa offended the very idea of America: the idea that everyone is created equal and that your destiny is your own to make. By the late 1990s, AIDS campaigners in the United States and around the world teamed up with scientists and doctors to insist that someone — anyone — put the fire out. The odds against this were as extreme as the numbers: in 2002, two million people were dying of AIDS and more than three million were newly infected with H.I.V. Around 50,000 people in the sub-Saharan region had access to treatment.

Yet today, here we are, talking seriously about the “end” of this global epidemic. There are now 6.6 million people on life-saving AIDS medicine. But still too many are being infected. New research proves that early antiretroviral treatment, especially for pregnant women, in combination with male circumcision, will slash the rate of new H.I.V. cases by up to 60 percent. This is the tipping point we have been campaigning for. We’re nearly there.

How did we get here? America led. I mean really led.

The United States performed the greatest act of heroism since it jumped into World War II. When the history books are written, they will show that millions of people owe their lives to the Yankee tax dollar, to just a fraction of an aid budget that is itself less than 1 percent of the federal budget.

For me, a fan and a pest of America, it’s a tale of strange bedfellows: the gay community, evangelicals and scruffy student activists in a weird sort of harmony; military men calling AIDS in Africa a national security issue; the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee and John Kerry in lock step with Bill Frist and Rick Santorum; Jesse Helms, teary-eyed, arriving by walker to pledge support from the right; the big man, Patrick Leahy, offering to punch out a cranky Congressional appropriator; Jeffrey Sachs, George Soros and Bill Gates, backing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Rupert Murdoch (yes, him) offering the covers of the News Corporation.

Also: a conservative president, George W. Bush, leading the largest ever response to the pandemic; the same Mr. Bush banging his desk when I complained that the drugs weren’t getting there fast enough, me apologizing to Mr. Bush when they did; Bill Clinton, arm-twisting drug companies to drop their prices; Hillary Rodham Clinton, making it policy to eradicate the transmission of H.I.V. from mother to child; President Obama, who is expected to make a game changing announcement this World AIDS Day to finish what his predecessors started — the beginning of the end of AIDS.

And then there were the everyday, every-stripe Americans. Like a tattooed trucker I met off I-80 in Iowa who, when he heard how many African truck drivers were infected with H.I.V., told me he’d go and drive the pills there himself.

Thanks to them, America led. Really led.

This was smart power. Genius, really. In 2007, 8 out of the 10 countries in the world that viewed the United States most fondly were African. And it can’t be a bad thing for America to have friends on a continent that is close to half Muslim and that, by 2025, will surpass China in population.

Activists are a funny lot. When the world suddenly starts marching in step with us, we just point out with (self-)righteous indignation all that remains to be done. But on this World AIDS Day I would like you to stop and consider what America has achieved in this war to defend lives lived far away and sacred principles held closer to home.

The moonshot, I know, is a tired metaphor; I’ve exhausted it myself. But America’s boldest leap of faith is worth recalling. And the thing is, as I see it, the Eagle hasn’t landed yet. Budget cuts … partisan divisions … these put the outcome in jeopardy just as the science falls into place. To get this far and not plant your flag would be one of the greatest accidental evils of this recession.

Bono is the lead singer of the band U2 and a founder of the advocacy group ONE and the (Product)RED campaign.

How Dare You encourage Poor Disabled People with Your Writings and Irresponsible Suggestions That They Can do Amazing Things!

SPAM filters are a wonderful Invention, Good morning all you poor helpless disabled folk, how is the pencil selling and sheltered workshop treating you? Oh wait sorry that was my wonderful contributor who wrote in reply to my blog post on wheelchair extreme sports.

From time to time I check my spam filter, because Occasionally friends or reader with unusual names like Russian or Greek spellings get branded spam when they are actually great contributions to the blog. I checked today and there was a reply for the article on wheelchair extreme sports the reply was titled “how dare you encourage them” intrigued I continued to read, it read  

Dear Mia, you would be better served not building up gods poorest, the disabled by showing these obviously manufactured videos of people who are as we all know really able bodied doing dangerous stunts that a disabled person could never achieve. The quicker you turn your blog to directing the disabled towards accepting their fate the better they will be . Filling their heads with rights and protests and mountain climbing only sets them up for a fall. Yours in the lord Jesus Christ

and then there was their signature!

I couldn’t make this crap up if I tried,  It is this schlock that for so many decades kept the genius that is within all of us selling pencils and stuffing envelopes in a sheltered workshop and being rolled out on Sundays so well meaning zealots could lay hands on us in the name of JEESUSS.

To the other half dozen antiquated do-gooders that live under the same rock as this writer, for god sake go out get drunk, get layed, and  get educated,do something and get the bullshit that we the disabled and wheelchair bound are not capable of whatever the hell we dream  out of your religion soaked heads.

 Anyway I’m off to train 12  miles in my wheelchair in preparation for my 3,400 mile roll from New York to Los Angeles, and sorry no pencil selling will be partaken of but I will summit the Colorado Rockies in a wheelchair along the way.