05 October 2006

Is there a trend or is there a trend in Londonistan?

We have been careful with the use of that ...stan label. Taking into account its overuse by certain people and the BNP fascists and their ilk jumping on the bandwagon, terms like this are better left alone.

However, the absurdities reported by the British press lately are adding up into one picture - that of sensitivity toward real and imaginary grievances of the Mulims community in UK going overboard.

The prison toilet seats that should accommodate the faithful desiring not to face Mecca during the act.
(I still haven't heard about the solution to the requirement of my sect, by the way.)

The new cemetery where all the stiffs (including Christian and Jewish) will be facing Mecca.
(Were Christian, Buddhist, Jewish or other communities consulted? Oh, and by the way - my sect requirements include being planted vertically - head up, to be sure.)

Police consulting a panel of Muslim leaders before mounting counter-terrorist raids or arrests.
(Amazing that: imagine an ad in the newspaper inviting the Muslims leaders to a pre-raid briefing...)

And now another phenomenal act of police sensitivity: a Muslim policeman excused from guard duty at Israeli embassy due to his objections to the Lebanon war.
(On one hand it could be better not to have this character near the embassy at all, but on the other a policeman of this kind is bound to have his own opinion on the above mentioned counter-terrorist raid as well...)

Former Flying Squad commander John O'Connor criticised the decision, telling the Sun: "This is the beginning of the end for British policing.
You are absolutely right, commander. But it is not just the policing I am concerned about.

Update: As if all the above is not enough, I have just stumbled on another amazing case:
A hardline Muslim teacher who caused a furore by denouncing pupils for celebrating Christmas has been made a Government schools inspector. Israr Khan's Ofsted appointment was described by a former colleague as 'absolutely astonishing'.

Via Aussie Dave.

Cross-posted on Yourish.com