Thursday, 13 May 2010

R.E.S.P.E.C.T ... Once again, it is me?

This link is from the Daily Express - an article I noticed in passing earlier.

- Would the enlightened mother be equally annoyed if a Synagogue has asked little Amy to refrain from bringing ham sammies in for her lunch? Would that be forcing little Amy to be like a Jew?
- Would the enlightened mother scream that I had forced her little Amy to dress like a Christian if I had asked that toplessness in the Sanctuary be avoided?

I think that the visit to the Mosque would have done far more than just teach little Amy about the tenets and practices of Islam - it would have taught her respect for another faith group, some empathy for another way of life, a little tolerance for difference - and maybe even doing something because it was the right thing to do, whether it was appealing or not. Muslims have every right to maintain the levels of decency within their sacred spaces as Carflicks (for they claim to be from that background, in a no-practicing sense, you understand) do. Perhaps little Amy's enlightened mummy should just be open about her islamophobia.

Not good ....

1 comment:

  1. I don't know, I think the story has a very Daily Express ring about it (almost as bad as the Mail (ugh)) - it has so obviously been hammed up by the journo - the next thing you know the BNP will be on to it... But... as she attends a faith school, I do think they should have been a bit more understanding if she felt unable to go on the trip due to her beliefs. Although that said, it seems to be it was the mothers idea not to go, not the daughters.
    Actually what I find interesting is that the only reponse from the school was a threat to issue an 'unauthorised absence'. Not much of a big deal is it, so why didn't she just keep her daughter at home if she felt so strongly about it? She said: “It is as if they are putting a gun to my head – either you go to a mosque or you get an unauthorised absence on your record".

    Yes just like putting a gun to your head, love...



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