Here are two news items from yesterday:
"Hospital staff in the Lothians have been told not to eat at their desks to avoid offending Muslim colleagues during Ramadan.
NHS Lothian has advised doctors and other health workers not to have working lunches during the 30-day fast, which begins next month."
(Lothians is a region in Scotland, roughly the city of Edinburgh and some suburbs. According to the 2001 census the whole of Scotland has 42600 Muslims, which constitutes 0.84% of the total population.)
Excuse me, but since we are speaking of NHS here: didn't all their Muslim colleagues just get arrested for those car bombs in London and Glasgow airport, and are therefore not in a position to come to work and get offended by their colleagues having lunch, and are being offended by their fellow prisoners having lunch instead? OK, this is a cheap shot. I am sure there might be some Muslims somewhere working for NHS Lothian who did not get arrested for the bomb plots, did not participate in the bomb plots and didn't even cheer for the bomb plots. But guess what: I don't hear them demand that their colleagues stop eating lunch. Maybe - just maybe - they, having either grown up in a mostly-Christian country or moved to a mostly-Christian country, actually understand that the rest of the country does not observe Ramadan with them, and are OK with that?
Naah, NHS Lothian doesn't expect that much common sense from the Muslims. It probably thinks that the reason those doctors tried to blow up those car bombs was that they got a bit miffed that their colleagues ate lunch at their workplaces during Ramadan.
I don't like Islamist bullshit much, but it's doubly disturbing when such a huge steaming pile of it is generated without the participation of any actual Muslims, at least AFAIK, and in a country with only 0.84% of them.
I should probably start observing Ramadan at home. Just in case, you know. Or else some Muslim somewhere might get offended and join Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines. And if the Muslims don't get offended, then at least NHS will on their behalf.
And then there is this:
Bishop Tiny Muskens (I am not touching this name with a ten-foot pole, people!) of Breda has suggested that Christians should refer to God as "Allah" to promote better relations with Muslims. Because God, you know, doesn't really care how we address Him.
When I read that my first thought was "WTF? Is it April 1st now? Are we having a new April Fools' day in the middle of August and nobody told me?". But no, apparently this is not a joke.
OK, I know that marijuana is legal over there, but the guy is 71 - shouldn't one at least switch to the lighter varieties at that age?
If that's his idea of making peace with Muslims, I would really like to watch him make peace with homosexuals. I'll bring the camera, too.
Bishop Tiny Muskens did not seem to have any suggestions as to what Muslims should do to promote better relations with Christians.