An Indian Civilizational Perspective

The Islamic Hardliners in England!

Last night I watched a program by Christian Amanpour on the tensions and “war” within Britain because of the hardlined Islamists. The sort of stuff that these Islamic clerics and hardliners were displaying was just crazy! One guy Chowdhary went as far as saying “Sheikh” Osama is his “brother” and almost said that the suicide bombers of the London Tube were right and their actions were sanctioned by Allah!

I wonder how does the English society tolerate all this nonsense! And now this “Handshaking Controversy”

A Muslim woman police officer refused to shake hands with her force’s chief, police said Saturday, amid a new row in Britain over religious customs and professional duties.

The officer was granted the exemption for religious reasons at a graduation ceremony where newly-qualified recruits met Sir Ian Blair, the head of London’s Metropolitan Police force, a police spokeswoman said.

The officer, who has not been named, reportedly refused out of respect for a strict school of Muslim faith which dictates that a woman must not shake hands with, or kiss, a man other than her husband or close relative.

The “request was only granted” in order not to spoil what is a key event, the police spokeswoman said.

She said that Sir Ian, Britain’s most senior police officer, questioned her refusal to shake his hand, but the officer insisted she put her duties above her personal beliefs unless she had a choice to do otherwise.

The spokeswoman said the force would not normally tolerate such requests and the officer could be fired if she fails to fulfil her duties.

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