71, told how the mother flew into a rage and shouted at him in a foreign language. A passenger explained she wanted him to get off the bus during the incident
on May 20.
Mr. Herridge stood his ground and refused to leave the bus, and very good on him for that. This is the sort of thing that makes me want to go into activist mode. Guide dogs are an invaluable help to their blind companions, and people have no right to ask that people using guide dogs leave buses, or establishments, or wherever they happenn to be. And people who use religion as an excuse for this sort of abhorrent behavior are in a way worse. It’s like they’re trying to foist their own personal views of purity onto the rest of the world, who may or may not want it. Somehow, I don’t think God, or Allah, or pick the deity is going to send someone straight to hell just because they spent a few minutes of one day in the company of a dog. And as far as children being frightened of the dog and raising Cain, this would be one of those occasions where parents need to take control of the siituation and tell the children to deal with it, instead of convincing bus drivers to expel the passenger with the dog. I consider myself to be a tolerant person. I won’t go out of my way to offend someone’s sensibilities, and in most situations, will even go out of my way to make sure that their sensibilities are taken into account. But this sort of thing is just beyond the pale.