Sunday, 6 July 2008

Lost - Plot. If Found, Please Return To ACPO...

In yet another pointless and unwarranted effort to bend over backwards to appease those who can never be appeased, the police are seriously considering ensuring that police sniffer dogs wear bootees when searching the homes of Muslims 'so as not to cause offence':
Where Muslims object, officers will be obliged to use sniffer dogs only in exceptional cases. Where dogs are used, they will have to wear bootees with rubber soles. “We are trying to ensure that police forces are aware of sensitivities that people can have with the dogs to make sure they are not going against any religious or cultural element within people’s homes.

It is being addressed and forces are working towards doing it,” Acpo said.
Once again, this is almost certainly driven by professional agitators, and not by the vast majority of muslims. Even an imam is baffled, and would like to see a bit of common sense applied:
Ibrahim Mogra, one of Britain’s leading imams, said the measures were unnecessary: “In Islamic law the dog is not regarded as impure, only its saliva is. Most Islamic schools of law agree on that. If security measures require to send a dog into a house, then it has to be done. I think Acpo needs to consult better and more widely.

“I know in the Muslim community there is a hang-up against dogs, but this is cultural. Also, we know the British like dogs; we Muslims should do our bit to change our attitudes.”
More common sense there from Mr Mogra than in a hundred ACPO diversity briefings.

Although the bit about saliva was a worry. Some policy wonk will be considering bibs for the dogs now...!


Longrider said...

It is frequently the case that the appeasers are assuming offence where - if you ask the people concerned - there is no offence. The mythical war against Christmas being another example of this stupidity.

John M Ward said...

Actually, one thing I have discovered from personal experience is that some from ethnic minorities will tell you that this, that and the other is okay by them; but if anyone then fails to behave in accordance with their strictures they will make noises behind one's back.

In the most recent case, this was to a friend of mine at a social event, talking about others (though not about me, thankfully!)

I mention this simply to point out that it isn't quite as black-and-white as might be thought...