DISGRACEFUL: Prohibition against dogs near halal food causes woman to be refused entry into Toronto restaurant
Everywhere sharia comes into conflict with the norms of non-Muslim society, we see some Muslims demanding that non-Muslims change their practices to accommodate them. Our Muhammad cartoon contest was an exercise in free speech, followed by a chorus of appeasers saying we shouldn’t provoke Muslims by drawing Muhammad. Amedy Coulibaly killed Jews in a kosher supermarket in Paris in January, so we shouldn’t provoke Muslims by being Jewish. Kaye Leslie was refused service in a Middle Eastern restaurant because she had a guide dog; we mustn’t offend and provoke Muslims by transgressing against their hatred of dogs.
This time the restaurant had to back down, but there is a steady stream of stories like this, and regular efforts to force non-Muslims in the West to change the way they do business to accommodate sharia. When will it end? When all of the West is Islamized? Or will non-Muslims at a certain point say enough is enough, no more sharia accommodation?
Kaye Leslie and her guide dog Jordan normally go everywhere together. But on Sunday, they were turned away from a Yonge St. restaurant, a legal violation.
Kaye Leslie and her guide dog Jordan were on their way to meet family for lunch Sunday when nephew-in-law Steven Lewis called with a surprising message: an employee at Paramount Fine Foods was refusing to seat the group because the golden retriever couldn’t mix with its halal-style food.
Lewis said he requested a table for four with a “bit of extra space” for the guide dog at the Middle Eastern restaurant and bakery on Yonge St. The unidentified employee told Lewis and his wife Leah, Leslie’s nice, that dogs weren’t allowed in the near-empty restaurant.
“I said, ‘No, it’s a service dog. It’s a guide dog.’ He said, ‘No, this restaurant’s halal, you’re not allowed in here with any dogs,’” said Lewis, a onetime Toronto resident who was in town for the weekend from Muskoka.
All businesses licensed by the City of Toronto must provide service to people with service dogs, according to the city’s licensing bylaw.
After learning about Sunday’s incident from the Star, Paramount Fine Foods CEO Mohamed Fakih said the company allows service dogs across their 13 locations, a policy printed in their operating manual.
“Probably it’s a single mistake from a junior employee,” he told the Star on Monday.
Fakih said he was unaware of a link between halal food — which is prepared as prescribed by Muslim law — and a ban on service dogs or dogs in general. He also welcomed the family back to the restaurant to “show that we’re different than they thought.”
Leslie said she was shocked to receive the phone call from Lewis on Sunday, though she’s been discriminated against before because of her guide dog. She has previously taken a few taxi drivers to court after they refused to pick her up.
“It doesn’t happen every day, but when it does I think, ‘What year is this?’ I think, ‘Wow, we’ve really come a long way, but we’re not there yet.’ It never ceases to surprise me.”
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