What do you think about Muslim men take part prayers on public side walk outside a mosque in Brooklyn, NY?
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Is it a fair question to ask why are they allowed to block public side walks? They have a mosque in which to pray.
Manhattan block that grinds to a halt at prayer time... as Muslim taxi drivers illegally park outside Islamic center
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This picture was actually taken outside a Mosque during a prayer service - with 200 Muslim cabbies illegally parked & blocking public streets.
Residents of the wealthy Upper West Side of Manhattan are outraged that their streets are being taken over multiple times each day for the 45-minute service.
The taxi drivers are double and triple parking in a huge line that forces traffic into the oncoming lane.
The situation has flared up and on one occasion a cop telling a taxi driver to move on was swarmed by other hacks - and had to call for reinforcements.
Prayers take place five times a day but the busiest is on Fridays at lunchtime when up to 300 worshippers - and 200 taxi drivers - are in attendance.
Most of the taxi drivers appear unrepentant with one claiming: 'I have to pray. I have no choice but to break the rules.'
Cabbie Abdoulaye Diallo, a 30-year-old immigrant from Guinea, told DNA info that he had got several $75 fines for parking illegally outside the mosque but he did not care.
Residents however are increasingly anxious that they cannot cross the road safely.
'It's an accident waiting to happen, said James Beale, the resident manager at a Trump tower block that is next to the mosque.
'It's a very dangerous situation. It's like all the rules of the road are thrown aside,' he told DNA info.
Abdur Rahman, an assistant imam at the mosque, said it had told worshippers to respect the parking rules but they had failed to do so.
But he also claimed that the parking rules should be more flexible to accommodate worshippers' needs.
My question & comment:
Question, do you know of any religion or other group that is allowed to break the law especially in such a intrusive manner?
I know there are christians teachers in public shcools that try to prostilize the students but the schoold is warned not to do this because public funded schools by law are not allowed to do that. If they refuse to abide by the law they are than sued by organizations as "Freedom of Religion & the ACLU but there do not seem to be any one from places in the United States where by any citizen complains to sue for islamic infractions of the laws.