Magazine July 5, 2010, Issue

Free Association

From the cover of New Threats to Freedom (Templeton)
New Threats to Freedom, edited by Adam Bellow (Templeton, 304 pp., $25.95)

Somali taxi drivers at the Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport come up twice in New Threats to Freedom, a lively but uneven collection of 30 essays assembled by HarperCollins executive editor Adam Bellow. Vanity Fair columnist Christopher Hitchens cites them to illustrate “the absurdity and potential risk — the threat to freedom — of confusing group rights with civil rights.” Stephen Schwartz, executive director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, blames the taxi drivers for “the most widely acknowledged case of Shariah imposition so far known.”

What exactly did these Muslim cabbies do? According to Schwartz, “they would not take airport arrival

Jacob Sullum — Mr. Sullum ( is a senior editor at Reason and a nationally syndicated columnist.

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