Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Is the tide turning?

Secretary of State for Communities Ruth Kelly:
In future, I am clear that our strategy of funding and engagement must shift significantly towards those organisations that are taking a proactive leadership role in tackling extremism and defending our shared values.
The Guardian:
Bill Rammell, the higher education minister, today weighed into the debate over Muslim women wearing the veil by offering his support to universities that banned the full-face veil.
Pioneer Press:
Two weeks ago, Twin Cities airport officials were firming up plans to allow many Muslim taxi drivers — staunchly opposed to transporting passengers carrying alcohol of any sort — to alert potential fares of their beliefs with a different-colored light atop their cabs.

After a barrage of negative feedback, they've decided to scrap the idea.

"Since then, we've heard from Australia and England. It's really touched a nerve among a lot of people. The backlash, frankly, has been overwhelming," said Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan. "People are overwhelmingly against any kind of cultural accommodation."

9 Comments:

Blogger rexie said...

Probably a false dawn.

Concerning these taxi drivers with "staunch" views, would it seem as reasonable for a bus driver with strong prejudices against alcohol to select his passengers on this basis? And, as far as I recall, the prohibition concerning alcohol in islam applies to the consuming of it (and probably in intoxicating quantities) not to the transporting it.

Why, in any case, should the views of muslim taxi drivers have more importance than those with other strong beliefs? I, for one, abhor hallal meat and would never consume it, but I doubt that if I worked as a taxi driver and refused to carry a passenger from a hallal butcher, my principles would be treated with the same sensitivity.

6:42 pm  
Anonymous verity said...

Agree,Rexie. If they don't want to ferry people carrying alcohol, they are not qualified to be a cab driver in the West and should look for other employment.

Ruth Kelly says she is only going to give taxpayer money to organisations "defending our shared values." I have news for Ms Kelly: there aren't any. We believe in liberty, democracy, individual choice. They don't.

She needs to be a lot more direct than that if she wants to get my attention.

8:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree Verity...we're getting a few MPs taking a bit of a stand lately...probably because they, at last, are hearing the mood of the country..but I have yet to be convinced that it's no more than throwing a few concessions our way to keep us quiet.

8:54 pm  
Anonymous verity said...

anonymous 8:54 - I think they're genuinely frit by the consequences of what they've done. They thought inviting radical, aggressive terrorists and terrorist-enablers into Downing St was like inviting the school bully into the Head's office for tea and biscuits and a cosy little chat. Civilise the little blighter.

Now there is a sense in the air of not knowing what to do. I would like to proffer a modest suggestion: READ A BOOK ABOUT ISLAM, YOU MORONS. Read as much of the koran as you can stomach. Read some of the hadiths. Then come back and tell me why you thought giving these violent, ignorant people advantages over indigenous Brits and well-integrated/well-accepted immigrant groups was a good idea.

Didn't it occur to any of you smug, ignorant know-it-alls in the Cabinet to inform yourselves before loosing off your mouths? Even now, Ruth Kelly seems to think that islam is akin to being another branch of Christianity, sort of like the Latter Day Saints, for example, or the Amish. A bit weird, but we all worship the same god - simper, simpler.

9:51 pm  
Anonymous Clematis Fraudster said...

Hmm, that will go down well in the offices of the UK's 249,000,000 Islamist 'charities', 'human rights' and pressure groups.

An infidel WOMAN - no less - threatening to stop paying the jizya; and woman of the Book who follows that pig-dog-ape-monkey and Crusader-in-Chief, The Pope?

Jack Straw one week, Ruth Kelly the next. Two seemingly hopeless, hapless NuLabour droids have suddenly shown some spine.

Come on, Sion Simon - it's your turn now: make another one of your videos and insult Mohammad. Go on, you know you want to...

11:29 pm  
Anonymous verity said...

Idayat Cottageboy - ooops! - I meant Bungalowwallah - will doubtless be taking notes and posting feverishly and with malice through Reuters in Sweden.

1:16 am  
Blogger rexie said...

"About 80 percent of the airport's taxis are driven by Somalis"

That seems to require an explanation in itselfkcpfhy

6:46 am  
Anonymous verity said...

The Somalis have flooded into the United States and they are a real problem. Aggressive.

1:22 pm  
Anonymous verity said...

Ruth Kelly is "Secretary of State for Communities"? What communities? The British community is just one community.

So which "communities" is she secretary of state for? The dog-owning community? The hitchiking community? The Islamophobic Little Englander community?

Another destructive,divisive NuLab fantasy.

4:36 pm  

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