There’s a firm belief amongst musicians that we should keep religion and politics out of the band room. In this context the ‘band room’ comprises the Internet and, especially, Facebook. So am I guilty? I’ve damaged a few friendships and even my business aspirations with my warnings about the growing menace of religious fundamentalism. The problem, as I see it, is so desperately important that we cannot continue to bury our heads in the sand as we Brits, especially, are prone to doing.
I was surprised to find a fellow blogger giving me support over my last blog concerning the hugely unpopular plan to build a mosque in my home town. To say that he doesn’t automatically agree with me is an understatement; he has been a fierce critic on many occasions.
He points out that, as the Muslim population increases, their demands will also grow. In my opinion, because of the well-established pattern of allowing their requests in the name of ‘tolerance’ and ‘respect’, there will be no constraints governing the number and nature of these complaints until they eventually bury the wishes of the indigenous population.
Readers in the USA, particularly, will find the following evidence difficult to believe. I wish it were not true, but it is:
No more bacon butties
Nationwide sandwich chain Subway removed ham and bacon from nearly 200 stores and offers halal meat only after strong demand from Muslims. 185 branches across UK and Ireland now sell halal meat only.
The ceramic pigs saga
A woman arrived at her home in Leicestershire to find police about to break into her house. They had a warrant because they had received complaints about ceramic pigs in her window from Muslim neighbours. They considered it was a public order matter and took about 17 of them. She was told not to replace them.
She had been targeted by youths since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, when she decorated her house with red, white and blue flags.
A Muslim spokesman said that more than 1,000 worshippers attended Friday prayers at the nearby mosque and Mrs Bennett was aware of the potential for offence to be caused. (The pig is regarded as an offensive animal by Muslims, who are forbidden from eating it.) He also stated that there are rules which, as good citizens, we all have to observe. He pointed out that we are a multi-faith society and that since Muslims respect other faiths practised in Britain their views, too, should be respected.
I was in this area of the City Leicester a while ago, visiting friends who live on a typical English suburban estate. People were mowing their lawns and cleaning their cars. The difference was that the call to pray was being broadcast at very high volume over the area.
Leicester was the first city in the UK where the ethnic population exceeded the indigenous population in numbers. This links to my claim above, endorsed by my fellow blogger, that a rise in demands will follow a rise in numbers. This is why we cannot allow a nation within a nation to develop. Beliefs have to be kept out of public life. Achieving this aim is the only way to create a level playing field for all, regardless of race, colour or creed.
A critic on Facebook sneered ‘They’re coming to get you’. I pointed out at the time that it won’t work like that. There isn’t a conspiracy to take over the Country. These people are far too busy. It is abject appeasement that will leave the doors wide open.
Your Child’s education
Even more unbelievable is the fact that, when school inspectors visited a school in Birmingham, UK, they discovered that Muslim staff had enforced gender-separation on the pupils. This was against instructions given to them but, to be fair, the prospect of defying Muslim requests must be very intimidating.