A Student of History

February 13, 2008

Double Standard

Filed under: PC — John Maass @ 10:30 am

Saudi Arabia has asked florists and gift shops to remove all red items until after Valentine’s Day, calling the celebration of such a holiday a sin, local media reported Monday.  “As Muslims we shouldn’t celebrate a non-Muslim celebration, especially this one that encourages immoral relations between unmarried men and women, ” Sheikh Khaled Al-Dossari, a scholar in Islamic studies.

Well, well.  When Muslims come to live here in the USA or in the UK, the western governments are expected by the PC crowd and Muslims themselves to bend over backwards to accomodate Muslim practices, observances, etc., and to give up traditional celebrations in schools (Christmas, etc.) and the public sphere, but apparently many Muslims (as witnessed by Al-Dossari) don’t expect to be held to the same standards. 

See an example here of how the Archbishop of Canterbury has made controversial comments on Islamic law, and its applicability to the UK.  Dr. Rowan Williams last week argued that aspects of sharia could be incorporated in the English legal system.  The Queen is livid.

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