Scottish Health Authority instructs ALL employees to heed Ramadan
The health service's Equality and Diversity Officer sent an e-mail to all senior managers, giving guidance on ‘religious tolerance’. It is also reported that vending machines with food are to be removed, and the office food trolley has been banned from circulating during the Islamic holy month. As if this were not enough to inflame the sensibilities of the kuffar, the Muslims will be given extra breaks during which they may pray, and extra time off to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha.
The population of Scotland is just over 5 million, out of which Muslims number 40,000. Thus they constitute 0.8% of the population. Cranmer will resist linking this dhimmitude with the Islamist attack upon Glasgow airport, but the cynic may well observe that Islamist terrorism is not only working at the level of British foreign policy; it is helping to transform British culture and render it increasingly Shari’a compliant.
All of this is being done under the guise of ‘promoting cultural awareness’ in the NHS. But there has been not a peep from Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, who was propelled to office (just) by aggressively courting the disaffected Muslim vote. The only dissenting voice in the Scottish Parliament has come from Bill Aitken, the Scottish Conservative justice spokesman, who said: “Frankly, this advice, well meaning as it may be, is total nonsense. This is the sort of thing that can stir up resentments rather than result in good relations.”
But he really ought to have run this by Mr Cameron first, for in the recent Southall by-election, Mr Cameron’s Conservatives were very much in favour of such a policy.
And would you want to be treated by a nurse wearing this? It is the brainchild (if that isn’t a ludicrous misnomer) of Karen Jacob of the Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust. It is called the ‘interfaith gown’ for the guarding of modesty, but Cranmer has never seen a Hindu, a Christian, a Jew, a Sikh or a Rastafarian wear anything remotely resembling it. It is, of course, solely to placate Muslims working in the hospital. Increasingly, the National Health Service, a uniquely British institution, is beginning to appear foreign in its own land.
For Cranmer, the enforced adherence to the principles and practices of Ramadan is Marxist political correctness gone mad. It is not only a step too far in the ‘diversity’ agenda, it is a blow to the cultural mores of the United Kingdom. At her Coronation, Her Majesty the Queen took an oath in which she promised to govern the peoples of the United Kingdom ‘according to their laws and customs’. Those laws and customs are fundamentally inspired by the Christian faith, to which the laws and customs of Islam are antithetical. It is unacceptable that Scotland’s majority, which is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic and Protestant in its faith adherence, should be obliged to acquiesce to a 0.8% minority.
And where is the ‘diversity awareness’ and ‘religious sensitivity’ for Scotland’s Christians? Will all Muslims in the NHS be ordered to refrain from eating during Lent?
The answer, of course, is foregone.