Skip to comments.Muslim barber refuses to cut hair of lesbian: Whose rights trump whose?
Posted on 03/09/2014 7:12:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Being a believer in all -isms can get hairy at times. Take as an illustration a case reported in the Toronto Sun by Ezra Levant:
So a lesbian walks into a Muslim barbershop, and asks for a businessmens haircut.
It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it really happened, and now a government agency called the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario will hear her complaint.
Faith McGregor is the lesbian who doesnt like the girly cuts that they do at a salon. She wants the boys hairdo.
Omar Mahrouk is the owner of the Terminal Barber Shop in Toronto. He follows Shariah law, so he thinks women have cooties. As Mahrouk and the other barbers there say, they dont believe in touching women other than their own wives.
The incident occurred in Canada in November 2012, but it could easily happen here and now. Lets take a state at random say Arizona and graft on the same scenario. Gay rights activists usually tend to be protectors of adherents to Americas lone diverse religion, Islam, so where do their sympathies lie?
This question is a real head scratcher in Canada, which passed a Multiculturalism Act in 1988, paving the way for an influx of immigrants with medieval attitudes toward second-class citizens (read: women and gays). Faith McGregor belongs to both groups.
How to resolve this this human rights impasse? Levant envisions a hierarchy similar to the one found in the game of poker, except in this case based on some ad hoc notion of degrees of political correctness. He quips:
A white, Christian male has the lowest hand its like hes got just one high card, maybe an ace. So almost everyone trumps him.
A white woman is just a bit higher like a pair of twos. Enough to beat a white man, but not much more.
A gay man is like having two pairs in poker.
A gay woman a lesbian like McGregor is like having three of a kind.
A black lesbian is a full house pretty tough to beat.
Unless shes also in a wheelchair, which means shes pretty much a straight flush.
The only person who could trump that would be a royal flush. If the late Sammy Davis Jr. who was black, Jewish and half-blind were to convert to Islam and discover he was 1/64th Aboriginal.
So which is a better hand: A lesbian who wants a haircut or a Muslim who doesnt want to give it to her?
Joking aside, when government attempts to decide which protected class of citizens is more aggrieved in cases like this, they run into trouble. The only out is to look the other way, which is what liberals have been doing here for years. The question of tolerance for one protected group over another arose during the murder trial of George Zimmerman, when the prosecutions star witness Rachel Jeantel intimated under cross-examination that Trayvon Martin was anti-gay. Do you recall any marches by the Lambda Society or GLAAD denouncing blacks for their Stone Age view of homosexuality? Nah. Instead, liberals buried their heads in the sand, waiting till the news cycle moved on to other headlines. Hypocrisy much?
Here is the original news from the TORONTO SUN:
TITLE: Gay activists have met their match with Muslim barbers
by Ezra Levant
Phrase of the soon to come future...Islam die!
There’s only one way to settle this... THUNDERDOME!!
Give her a haircut she’ll never forget.
P.S. I see what you did there.
This could well be the Battle Of The Ages.
Two far too well known highly oversensitive special interest groups battle to the death.
Lesbians Against Mohammad, anyone?
Mohammadans Against Lesbians?
This may be too much for the mind of Ackmed the dead terrorist
Ah, this is a good one.
Liberal heads exploding trying to calculate which special interest trumps the other.
So far, homosexual demands trump any religious rights.
Excellent. I hope these fools twist their own reality into a pretzel.
Thye Barber MUST Be forced to give her a haircut! That or exposed as a racist anti-Islamic POS who deserves to be in prison for LIFE.
Just the fact that liberal causes so frequently collide is proof that liberals are wrong.
I thought Muslims cut heads off of homosexuals.
Lesbian should be thankful he DIDN’T give her a haircut.
Except for izzlam. Izzlam always wins ANY rights argument.
"Ok, wheres that barber shop?"
I hope this battle stays on the front pages for a while!
The dentist essentially said, "piss off, I'm closed for business".
Demanding some one else perform for you is to make them a slave.
This is like the quandry of what an environmentalist should do when they see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant...
Though I'm pretty sure liberals will find some way to blame this situation on Bush and or Palin.
It might be interesting if it asked for a razor cut.
A straight flush beats?
Which group can urinate the farthest?
Well, lets seek a compromise.
The lesbian wants a hair cut. The muslim does not want to give her one.
The muslim wants to stone the lesbian. The lesbian does not want to be stoned.
I say, we let each of them get their way. It is after all, a civil rights issue.
We will toss a coin to see who goes first.
Heads, the lesbian gets her hair cut, and then the muslim gets to stone her.
Tails, the muslim gets to stone her and then the lesbian gets her hair cut.
Sound fair to ya’ll?
Muslims are not allowed to touch Pigs.
Which side to support? Neither. Maybe they’ll fight it out. She was looking to start something. Most salons do men’s or women’s cuts.
Yes but have there been any cases of womens’ rights versus Muslim rights?
Would a ( devout ) Christian barber refuse to cut the hair of a lesbian ? I wouldn’t think so.
I often complain that rhetoric rules over reason, but even in the realm of rhetoric, this does not equate to the refusal of Christian baker to bake a gay wedding cake. Because presumably they would bake a birthday cake, a graduation cake, or other kinds of cakes for gay clientele, as it is not their personage which is under objection, but the act of participating in a ritual proscribed by their belief.
Maybe a fine point, but not so fine that I myself cannot appreciate it.
I thought “gotcha!” then I saw ‘Toronto’.
Should be interesting to follow, though...
“Omar Mahrouk is the owner of the Terminal Barber Shop in Toronto. He follows Shariah law, so he thinks women have cooties.”
Frankly, as a woman I would never go into a barber shop owned by a Muslim man that follows Shariah law, and whose barbershop is named “Terminal”. And he has a scissors near my throat. Just sayin ...
Forgot to throw in a sex change operation.
let’s just hope he doesn’t refuse to bale them a wedding cake or take their wedding photos....
should read bake, not bale
Something smells fishy here...
A dentist is only permitted to refuse treating an AIDS patient if the procedure that needs to be done is beyond the dentist’s “scope of expertise”. I personally know many general dentists who do not do extractions and always refer them to the oral surgeon. Many AIDS patients are medically complex and have other health issues as well. This dentist legitimately offered to treat this patient in a hospital setting. We know now that this situation was a set-up from a group of AIDS activists. Unfortunately, the judge sided with the patient and sentenced the dentist to perform FREE dental treatment for 50 HIV+ patients. Dentists are not exempt from treating patients with HIV or hepatitis in their private offices. “Universal precautions” for infection control are supposed to be in place to prevent transmission of disease, whether you know someone is infected with something or not.
Wow! No penis envy complex there! I’ll bet she can write her name in the snow.
Just another proof that liberalism is a religious cult of fools.
Islam isn’t completely a religion. It is mostly a political system masquerading as a religion. Much like Liberalism is mostly a religion masquerading as a political system. So it is a tough call.
I see your point and it is an excellent distinction.
i seriously am for thunderdoming many of our existing, liberal-rooted problems. check prior posts.
everyone has right to association and a right to set requirements to obtain service. no guns in my store. no shoes, no service. not a member, no service.
Employ Sharia law - shave his hands off his wrists. That’s only fair.
Taking either side, when one of the sides is not traditional Western culture, is not what their goal is.
Only when the outcome is to demonize or weaken Western culture is when they will take a side.
They could care less about Muslims or women or gays or anything. All they care about is taking down the Man, i.e. Us.
That’s a strong argument that could succeed. Unfortunately, the GOP, National Review, the Wall Street Journal and the so called “religious right” don’t appear interested in protecting conservatives from persecution.
and of course if the free market were allowed to work NONE of this would be an issue
In this case, the barber's rights trump the lesbian's rights.
The last time I checked, nobody has the right to force a barber to give them a haircut.
The barber can simply hold up a placard which sez:
"I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."
Gay trumps black, and muslim trumps gay.
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