From the desk of The Brussels Journal on Sun, 2007-12-16 14:03
According to the Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia, the Spanish football club Barcelona is altering its famous badge in some Arab countries in order to avoid offending Muslims.
The badge is especially altered in Saudi Arabia or Algeria, where the Barcelona shirts are being sold without the red cross of Saint George, the patron saint of the Catalan region which Barca claims to represent, the La Vanguardia newspaper found in a private investigation.
The badge, which was created in 1906, features a single vertical red line in Saudi Arabia and Algeria, due to the fact that there, the red cross represents the symbol of the brutal mediaeval Christian crusades against Islam.
A quote from The Local, 13 December 2007
Protests from female soldiers have led to the Swedish military removing the penis of a heraldic lion depicted on the Nordic Battlegroup's coat of arms. The armed forces agreed to emasculate the lion after a group of women from the rapid reaction force lodged a complaint to the European Court of Justice, […]. "We were given the task of making sure the willy disappeared," Christian Braunstein from the army's 'tradition commission' told Göteborgs-Posten.
Doctors should not eat in front of Muslims during Ramadan says Scottish NHS
Doctors and nurses in Scotland should refrain from eating in front of their Muslim patients and colleagues during the month of Ramadan according to the Scottish NHS.
Staff in hospitals north of the border were advised by the Scottish Executive and the Scottish NHS to avoid "working lunches" and to move food trolleys away from Muslim colleagues in the month when Islam forbids eating and drinking during daylight hours.
The guidance, also sent to teachers and police stations by a Scottish Muslim consultancy, includes pointers on how to accommodate staff observing Ramadan. Flexible working hours and time off to break the fast are recommended during the four weeks beginning on September 13.
Mary Scanlon, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing in the Scottish Parliament said the move was a "step too far" for political correctness and unnecessary. "Scotland is a very tolerant, sensitive and welcoming country" but she added, "I don't see it's necessary for Ramadan to affect the lives of people of other beliefs," she told Times Online, "It would be like saying Protestants shouldn't eat meat next to Catholics who want to eat fish on a Friday."
Osama Saeed, Scottish spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain supported the advice given about Ramadan. "My own experience when fasting is that non-Muslims do want to be sensitive about eating in front of those of us who are hungry," he said.
Jim McCaffery, director of acute services and workforce, NHS Lothian said the email was sent to a number of senior managers in order to "continue to promote cultural awareness".
A spokeswoman for Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS denied that staff had been "banned from eating food at their workplaces" but said they had asked employees "to show consideration" for colleagues and patients observing Ramadan.
OVERWORKED nurses have been ordered to stop all medical work five times every day to move Muslim patients' beds so they face towards Mecca.
The lengthy procedure, which also includes providing fresh bathing water, is creating turmoil among overstretched staff on bustling NHS wards.
But despite the havoc, Mid- Yorkshire NHS Trust says the rule must be instigated whenever possible to ensure Muslim patients have "a more comfortable stay in hospital".
And a taxpayer-funded training programme for several hundred hospital staff has begun to ensure that all are familiar with the workings of the Muslim faith.
The scheme is initially being run at Dewsbury and District Hospital, West Yorkshire, but is set to be introduced at other hospitals in the new year.
It comes on the back of the introduction in some NHS hospitals last year of Burka-style gowns for Muslim patients who did not wish medical staff to see their face while operating or caring for them.
Do school officials in Sampson County, North Carolina, take their orders from Pär Blondell? On the anniversary of the September 11th attacks in which 2,974 innocent people died, students at Hobbton High School have been forbidden to wear American flags as part of their clothing -- no pins, no shorts, nothing. Why, because school officials didn't want to show favoritism:
The superintendent of schools in Sampson County calls the situation unfortunate, but says educators didn't want to be forced to pick and choose which flags should be permissible.
So it's impermissible for American students to display American flags at an American school to commemorate the day so many of their countrymen were murdered? You're putting the American flag on the same level as Soviet Union's or the Nazi's? I can see banning those; what they stand for is hateful. How about al-Qaeda's? They carried out the attacks, after all. But to forbid students from wearing their own country's flag in honor of the dead and in defiance of our enemies? Are you so afraid of offending someone that you'd rather suppress your students rights to free speech? Are you so trapped in a politically correct straightjacket that you've lost all perspective?
Is simple patriotism wrong?
A bout of insomnia last night has left me almost too knackered to blog today (You should have read Gore's book! --ed. But I don't like bad science fiction.), but I can't let this one pass:
Did you hear the one about the Swedish principle who banned sports jerseys bearing the Swedish flag from a Swedish school -- because it's a racist, xenophobic symbol ?
A school principal in southern Sweden has banned pupils from posing for class photos wearing national team shirts containing Swedish flags.
Since national flags may be perceived by some as xenophobic, eighth grade pupils in Karlshamn have been ordered to wear less inflammatory garb for a photo to be published in the school yearbook.
"Anybody looking at the photo could view it as a political demonstration," principal Pär Blondell from Strandskolan told news agency TT.
The headmaster added that some of the pupils have labelled the ruling "ridiculous".
Following an article on the subject in newspaper Sydsvenkan, a number of parents and irate letter-writers contacted the principal to express their dismay at the shirt ban.
But Blondell stuck to his guns, arguing that the pupils risked inadvertently earning themselves a bad reputation. People could begin speculating about "the racists from Karlshamn" once the yearbook began being distributed in the Malmö area, he said.
Malmo is the Swedish city with perhaps the highest percentage of Muslim immigrants in Sweden. Riots are a regular occurrence there, and the public order situation is so bad that there are Muslim areas of Malmo that are no-go zones for the police.
One wonders if the principal is doing this out of multicultural sensitivity, or if he's just plain scared. Actually, I don't wonder at all.
LINKS: Gates of Vienna has more.
****Muslim friendly flats open in Bristol
[This article refers to welfare housing in Britain.]
Yes, dear readers, a new first in the Islamic wonderland that is Britain today, Muslim friendly apartments with special features for their sensitive needs.
Amongst the features of the 16 flats at the newly opened development in Wilson Street, St. Paul's are toilets which ensure that the users do not face Mecca when undertaking a daily number one or number two!
The kitchens boast powerful extractor fans because Asian families prefer steam-cooking which leads to condensation problems and larger kitchen cupboards because Asian families tend to use more pots and pans.
Asian Housing Association
The £1.7 million development has been built by Bristol-based Aashyana Housing Association. The The association's chief executive Saeed Anwar said: "We didn't need to consult with the Muslim community about the toilets.
"We knew this would be pleasing to them if the toilets were not facing Mecca. It didn't mean any extra cost to us - it was just a question of making sure they were not facing south east.
Marcus Knights, Aashyana's development officer, who oversaw the building, said: "The project has been an exciting one and the quality of the homes we now have to offer people in this development is exceptional."
Bristol City Council spokeswoman Kate Hartas said: "From the council's perspective it is important that the city has good quality housing that meets the needs of our tenants, so we ensure that we work with a number of housing associations - including some smaller, specialist organisations - that can provide for specialist needs within a wide range.
"With all our allocations, we apply the normal criteria.
"But where there are two households of equal priority who qualify for an Aashyana home, we would offer to the household who would most benefit from the culturally- sensitive services that Aashyana provides."
That is of course means of the two households; one desperate Asian Muslim family and another white non-Muslim equally desperate family, given that indigenous folk do not mind in which direction the toilet faces as long as the flush works, the Asian Muslims gets the nice new apartment in Wilson Street and the white family goes to the back of the queue or gets the damp basement flat in a crumbling Victorian tenement.
There is at least one story a day in the media along the lines of the ones above. I wonder why Left dhimmi fascists don't just go out and kill native Europeans outright. Why not just get it over with? Hey, they likely wouldn't actually complain. Oh, they don't, do they? They get bashed and mugged and stabbed, raped and shot and bombed and they never say a word about it publicly. Then why not speed it up and kill off most Europeans so the rest of us can wade in to the remains and take over? I lay claim to Bordeaux.