Sunday, June 29, 2008

Offensivity: The saga continues:

No sniffer dogs near a Muslim

The most recent innovation in the attempted dhimmification of Britain:

Police sniffer dogs trained to spot terrorists at railway stations may no longer come into contact with Muslim passengers – after complaints that it is against the suspects’ religion....

In the Muslim faith, dogs are deemed to be spiritually “unclean”. But banning them from touching passengers would severely restrict their ability to do their job. The report follows trials of station security measures in the wake of the 2005 London suicide bomb attacks. In one trial, some female Muslims said the use of a body scanner was also unacceptable because it was tantamount to being forced to strip.

British Transport Police last night insisted it would still use sniffer dogs – which are trained to detect explosives – with any passengers regardless of faith, but handlers would remain aware of “cultural sensitivities”.

A short while ago I was pretty startled to read this:

The "trial" here involved a London hair salon owner named Sarah Desrosiers and an aspiring stylist, Bushra Noah, whose interpretation of her Muslim faith requires her to wear a headscarf at all times. Ms. Noah applied for a job. In their one brief meeting last year, Ms. Desrosiers decided that her refusal to show any hair wouldn't fit the trendy, "alternative" image that her Wedge salon in King's Cross seeks to project. Patrons and passersby, by her reasoning, like to see where their stylists' tastes run to – in Ms. Desrosiers's case to a dyed pink and blonde do on full display while she works.....

You can guess what happened next. Ms. Noah took her to court.....

... the tribunal still decided that Ms. Desrosiers must pay £4,000 in punitive damages to Ms. Noah – a sum, she says, that puts her small business in jeopardy. Why? It found a novel crime: Ms. Desrosiers was guilty of "indirect discrimination" and causing Ms. Noah "injury to feelings."

A few months ago I was incredulous when I read this:

Hospital beds of seriously ill Muslim patients are to be turned to face Mecca as part of changes aimed at helping patients uphold their Islamic faith.

Dewsbury District Hospital in West Yorkshire will also provide Halal meals and make changes to shower facilities.

Staff at the hospital will take part in training sessions to teach them how to help patients with their faith worship.

A Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust spokeswoman said it wanted to improve its service for Muslim patients.

And there was this story.

And these stories.

I wouldn't care much about these stories. After all, if Britain wants to sink into third-worldism, it's her own business. But I worry because Canadians like to emulate the Brits, angst-ridden as they are about their proximity to their nearest neighbour. So we have a pretty energetic attempt at "reasonable accommodation" here, and some great solicitous compassion for the extreme fragility of Muslim sensitivities. As can be witnessed in the Levant's and Steyn's respective brushes with Canadian Human rights Regulation. More articles, here (French).


Continues here.


At 9:48 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is positively BONKERS. The UK seems to have a big thing with taking "multiculturalism" to a lunatic extreme, while failing to integrate certain immigrants into the mainstream of UK life.

At 5:58 PM EDT, Blogger Bald Headed Geek said...

There is NO limit to the U.K.'s dhimmitude, no depths to which it will n to sink in its desire to kowtow before its new rulers.

BTW, I reported on the Desrosiers story as well!




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