Saturday, June 25, 2005

Britain - More Muslim Appeasement

Yesterday I posted about Rangers Football Club's decision to produce strips without the Carling Beer logo for Muslim fans.

The move comes after complaints from Muslims whose religion prohibits anything that promotes drinking.

In that post I asked this question: Are they going to want seperate stands for boys and girls next?

Well, they haven't gone that far - yet. But in Bristol they have seperate swimming times for Muslim women. This is on top of the Asian only sessions.

They already had women only sessions but it seems Somali Muslim women wanted their own sessions.

But for some Muslim communities, such as Somalis, it is an issue - not necessarily because of purely religious reasons but because they are a new community and need to build up their confidence to integrate fully in our society."

I don't see how seperating them is going to help them integrate.

Now, these two incidents of Muslim appeasement, may seem small and trivial. But let's add in some other details.

Muslims are setting up their own schools in Britain. Yes, Catholics have done that for years. I'm against both. I think religion should only be taught in school in order to educate kids about the different religions and their history - not sermonized.

A Muslim girl recently won her court case which allowed her to wear the hijab and not the school uniform. Her lawyer? PM Tony Blair's wife.

In Birmingham, there is a group calling themselves Muslims Against Advertising (MAAD). MAAD gives advice on how to vandalize billboards they deem offensive.

The Advertising Standards Authority said that increasing numbers of posters were being torn down or painted over in predominantly Islamic areas, The Times newspaper reported.

The government wants to enact laws that will prohibit criticizing Islam. Similar laws that have already been enacted in Australia have seen Christians convicted of criticizing Islam.

Britain has already adopted Islamic law and is planning on adopting more.

Gordon Brown, the chancellor, has already made one significant concession to adapt to the dictates of sharia. In the 2003 Finance Act he spared Muslims from paying stamp duty twice on their properties when they took out “Islamic mortgages” that complied with the sharia ban on paying interest.

Polygamy is illegal in Britain, but that's not stopping the government from adopting more Islamic law.

THE Inland Revenue is considering recognising polygamy for some religious groups for tax purposes. Officials have agreed to examine “family friendly” representations from Muslims who take up to four wives under sharia, the laws derived from the Koran.

Existing rules allow only one wife for inheritance tax purposes. The Revenue has been asked to relax this so that a husband’s estate can be divided tax-free between several wives.

The move is bound to create controversy if it leads to a change in the rules. It is seen as a breakthrough by Muslim leaders who have been campaigning to incorporate sharia into British domestic law.

So, what is going on here?

In working-class neighborhoods across Europe, first-generation immigrants and alienated Muslim youths are refusing to assimilate, even as they increasingly demand that the majority culture tolerates their beliefs--or else.

Where is all this leading us?

Channel 4 recently aired a program called Sharia TV. The show consisted of a panel of learned Muslims being asked questions by young UK Muslims. Here are some of the questions and answers.

Is western democracy incompatible with Sharia law? Yes.

Should sharia law be introduced in the UK? Yes.

Do we want the restoration of the Caliphate? Yes.

Some Muslims have openly declared war on Britain.

Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammed, leader of the now officially disbanded Islamic militant group Al Muhajiroun told United Press International Saturday that as the covenant of security under which Muslims previously lived in Britain has been broken, Muslims must now consider themselves at war.

"And I declare we should ourselves join the global Islamic camp against the global crusade camp," he said.

A great leap from football strips to war isn't it? But who is appeasing whom here?

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