Thursday, 25 September 2008

Which is the problem?

This story enrages.

Sheffield City Council said it did not allow funerals to be held at weekends, except for Muslims because Islam deems that the dead must be buried as soon as possible.

Special treatment for a specific group or religion? That's not how we do things here.

This part of the story is wonderful though.

Abdool Gooljar, president of the Sheffield branch of the Society of Islam, said: "I, firstly as a Muslim and secondly as a citizen, do not want preferential treatment. We are living in a multi-faith, multi-cultural society and we should endeavour to meet the needs of every citizen in this city."

Mr. Gooljar seems to have a better idea of Britishness than Sheffield City Council.

I've long thought that Islam isn't of any great danger to us or our way of life. But our reaction to it might be. If we ever lose that knowledge that as British citizens we are all equal then we'll be stuffed.

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