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DILLIGAF

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To the Christians who think that I deserve to suffer an eternal weight of excruciating pain because I can’t bring myself to believe in the idea of a loving deity who condones immorality…

To the Catholics who say birth control is wrong in the face of over population and preventable diseases like AIDS…

To the Kabbalah members who advise that I should buy their blessed water at nearly £4 a bottle to be healed…

To the Westboro Baptist Church members who say that I’m evil for being in favour of gay men, lesbians and bisexuals having equal rights…

To the Mormons who tell me that I should repent – never mind not having anything to repent of! – and return to the fold or lose my eternal reward…

To the Muslims who say that I can’t call my teddy bear Muhammed…

To the Jehovah’s Witnesses who come knocking on my door in an effort to save themselves and try to foist a Watchtower magazine on me…

To the Scientologists who call me an SP because I criticise and make fun of their wacky beliefs…

I say, DILLIGAF!

If you don’t comprehend what it is that I’m talking about, then let Kevin Bloody Wilson explain (strong language):

And DILLIGAF to anyone I’ve neglected to mention who rightly should have been included in the above list.

Curmudgeonly

Written by Curmudgeonly

March 30, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Sainsbury’s Muslim staff can refuse to handle alcohol

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So Sainsbury’s, one of Britains biggest supermarkets, is allowing its Muslim checkout staff to opt-out of picking up and scanning bottles and cans of alcohol because it offends their religious beliefs. This despite the fact that nowhere in the Koran does it say that touching alcohol is banned, although the consumption of alcohol is prohibited.

Sainsbury’s have explained that Muslim staff who object to handling alcohol when it appears at their checkout, are able to raise their hand and have another colleague come and scan the offending objects for them. Having experienced how busy the supermarket gets at peak shopping times, such as Friday evenings and weekends, I can’t help thinking that calling over another member of staff to scan a person’s alcoholic purchases might take more than a little time. Surely keeping people waiting even longer than necessary in an already lengthy queue can’t be considered good customer care? Exactly who are Sainsbury’s making their priority here?

To be fair, some prominent British Muslims have spoken out against this bizarre policy. Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, leader of the Muslim Parliament, said: “This is some kind of overenthusiasm. One expects professional behaviour from people working in a professional capacity and this shows a lack of maturity.”

To me, Sainsbury’s is setting a very foolish precedent. By seeking to accommodate the prejudices of one religious community, they are opening the door to requests from every other group of people with strongly-held beliefs. Before long they will be asked to exempt Jewish staff from touching pork chops and sausages, Hindus from selling beef, Buddhists from serving any food that has been killed and Catholics from handling condoms. Vegetarians could weigh in with a refusal to deal with meat products, vegans will stop serving dairy foods and animal rights activists will have nothing to do with the stock or sale of battery chickens and eggs. Where will it all end?

I think that this story is symptomatic of the constant pandering to minority religious groups in this country that is building up a lot of resentment among native Brits. Although the government appears to be back-peddling rather quickly on their determination to impose multi-culturalism at all costs and are now starting to make integration their big “cause”, it has come too late, in my opinion. By encouraging minority religious groups to insist on having their cultural differences not only respected but promoted, often at the expense of the prevailing national culture, the government and others have laid the foundation of more and more demands for special treatment on the one hand and a growing feeling of justifiable grievance on the other.

IslaSkye

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October 7, 2007 at 9:04 am