Few days ago I woke up to the nearly obligatory latest UK Muslim headlines on the Radio, apparently a study by the Department for Education and Skills has decided that schools in the UK should stop teaching Muslim students about the Holocaust because of fear of offending them! there was of course the usual anti-Muslim callers to the radio station that have such a narrow minded thinking with their calling for Muslims to behave or leave the country, this same radio show has reported before about how Christmas lights were going to be banned in the city of Luton because of its large Muslim population and how someone tried to ban Piggy Banks because of fear of offending Muslims. What a lot of nonsense! I am glad that the presenter has said that in all of the above cases a research found out that these studies/decisions were carried out by white middle class people working at councils and that they really know nothing about the real life out there and that they think by doing things like that they are going to make Muslims feel more relaxed and happy! or is it because they want to create more problems and hatred? The radio station asked many Muslims in Luton if they were offended by the Christmas lights, the response was that of disbelief by everyone, 100% of Muslims asked said they were not offended in fact they actually enjoy the lights and look forward to them every year, the same was done about Piggy Banks, everyone just laughed about it, many Muslims mentioned the fact that they owned Piggy Banks when they were young, now the latest that because I am a Muslim then the Holocaust is offensive to me!! why should I be offended by the Holocaust? why should I be offended by the plight of other people? Muslims did not create the Holocaust, they did not take part in it, if anything some Muslims lost their lives too along side the Jews, Gypsies and the Physically handicapped, perhaps some people should be taught that the Jewish / Muslim conflict started mainly after the creation of the state of Israel, prior to that Jews and Muslims lived peacefully together, Libya being a good example. An African Muslim lady with a very strong accent phoned the radio station, she said that she was a mother with many problems in her life just like everyone one else, she also said that she is sick and tired of people talking about her religion as if it was something to be ashamed of, she mentioned that she works she lives she does what others do yet she is proud of being Muslim and just had enough of all this negative publicity, she made me laugh with the way she was talking but she really had a lot more sense than many people in high places.
I have no problem with my children learning about the crimes of the Holocaust or the crimes of the former country of Yugoslavia in Bosnia & Kosovo or the genocides at Rwanda, I just wish that some people in the UK would stop pretending that they know what they are talking about as they are doing a lot of damage to many ethnic groups but especially the Muslim community.
Another weird story on the radio was about a woman who 20 years ago collected her dead husband's ashes and went travelling on the London Underground (Train), when she got home she realised that she did not have the ashes with her! she could not remember where she left them, she reported the ashes missing but never checked the London Underground lost & found department, now 20 years later and after science has really progressed, someone at the Lost & Found department of the London Underground found the urn containing the ashes, decided to send a sample to be tested for DNA or something, they found out who the ashes belonged to and contacted the widow and told her that they got the missing ashes of her husband, apparently she was very happy to at last find her dear husband's ashes and that she would now put them in a safe place. mmmm I wonder if she actually did forget these ashes in the train or did she??
One more thing, I could not resist taking the following picture at a friends house which I thought was very cute :o)
Its a picture of the very cute Patrick from my son's favourite cartoon (mine too!) Spongebob Square pants, Patrick is sitting on a teddy Yorkshire Terrier dog that is dressed in Scottish Tartan, really cute.