Requirement that cabbies transport alcohol = "tiny burden"?

Steven Jamar stevenjamar at
Thu Mar 8 10:56:22 PST 2012

Just one thing about Islam -- it is is like Protestantism insofar as the
interpretation of the Quran is between a person had god -- and no one has
the power to say that an interpretation is wrong.  So even if the imam
(those learned in the Quran) were to issue an opinion, it is not binding.
 But as in the case of Protestantism where each person stands before his or
her god alone without intermediaries or anyone to make in intercession, the
lay folk do listen to the learned folk, generally.

On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 3:14 PM, Volokh, Eugene <VOLOKH at> wrote:

>                 (1)  Can you say a bit more about the circumstances of the
> hour-long delays, given that it seems that many cab drivers were happy to
> transport anyone who is willing to pay?  Were they at the airport, with
> dispatches cabs, or with cabs hailed on the street?****
> ** **
>                 (2)  Can you also please say a bit more about the cabbies’
> reactions to the imams’ statements – is it just that they *all* said “OK,
> no problem then”?  Or did some continue to insist on their own
> interpretation of the religious doctrine?  If a few did persist in their
> “it’s sinful for us to transport alcohol” view, then I would think their
> position would be constitutionally protected – and the fact that there were
> so few would cut *in favor* of an exemption, because it would reduce the
> likelihood of the hour-long delays that are being discussed, no?****
> ** **
> Marci Hamilton writes:****
> **
Prof. Steven Jamar
Howard University School of Law
Associate Director, Institute of Intellectual Property and Social Justice
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