Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Scottish Health Authority instructs ALL employees to heed Ramadan

Cranmer commented on the development of an Islamic Health Service some time ago, but that was in the matter of distinct NHS provision for Muslims. This latest development, courtesy of the NHS in the Lothians, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, is absolutely incredible. For there ALL staff have been instructed to eat away from their desks during Ramadan, which begins next month, for fear of offending their Muslim work colleagues.

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.

30 Comments:

Anonymous Michael Canaris said...

Fascinating gown which doesn't look too different from surgical garb.

Nonetheless, one wonders where her gloves are?

14 August 2007 at 10:07  
Anonymous Benedict said...

I hope there will be a way of identifying said hospital staff who observe ramadan. I certainly do not want to be treated by someone who is half-starved.

I wonder how long it will be until a mohammedan uses his fast as an excuse for having caused a road traffic accident or some such.

14 August 2007 at 10:43  
Anonymous oiznop said...

Cranmer asks a very incisive question. Fasting is a tradition within Christianity as well. Will these NHS trusts be ordering Muslims not to eat in front of Christians during Lent? And what if the Christians have given up something very specific? Is there going to be trust-wide orders to be 'sensitive' to the Christians? Of course not. They get ignored and trampled on. And if anybody in a hospital approached me in that absurd green tent, I'd tell them to piss off (sorry Your Grace, but I'm very, very, VERY pissed off with this news, and it makes me fell I want my country back).

14 August 2007 at 11:06  
Anonymous Observer said...

The Scots always were an odd people up there with the hill tribes, a bit like Afghanistan really despite the best efforts of Edward Longshanks to bring civilisation to barren parts.

It took a German Prince ultimately as Duke of Cumberland to bring peace and harmony to the warring tribes and General Wade building infrastructure much as British soldiers must do today on the North-West Frontier.

I should have thought sitting round the fire during Ramadan watching the kilted Celts masticating haggis would have been culturally enlivening amid the rainy days of a Scottish Summer.


But to put the staff and patients on starvation rations during Ramadan strikes me as a breach of human rights - even Muslim risoners are fed in Belmarsh during Lent.

14 August 2007 at 11:06  
Anonymous Dr Mabuse said...

That green garb looks like an anti-flash-hood. I wonder if she has been working with explosives ?

14 August 2007 at 11:39  
Blogger Cranmer said...

I wonder if she has been working with explosives ?

His Grace can hardly wait to read the insights of his most entertaining communicant, Dr C. Riyal Kilah. This post fuses his two favourite themes.

14 August 2007 at 11:48  
Blogger 16words said...

I'm trying hard here to come up with some PC salve but cannot. This has got to be stopped.

14 August 2007 at 12:00  
Blogger Tuscan Tony said...

...and of course laser surgery tools will no doubt be downed in Scotland on George Lucas' birthday as a mark of respect to the followers of the popular Jedi religion.

14 August 2007 at 12:11  
Anonymous Dr C. Riyal Kilah said...

The kufaar are welcome to leave their food and drink set out in my presence at any time. It gives me the opportunity of fulfilling my primary Islamic obligation by surreptitiously spicing it up a little or altering its bacterial microflora. Cesium-137 is a very convincing low-sodium salt substitute, if you know what I mean.

Dr C. Riyal Kilah

Muslim Medical Malpractitioners Association

14 August 2007 at 12:21  
Blogger Cranmer said...

He never fails to disappoint.

Bless him.

14 August 2007 at 12:34  
Anonymous The Recusant said...

Alex Salmond can raise this in his "national conversation" on the Scottish Independence question, but if his choice of prospective candidates is anything to go by, don’t hold your breath. Scottish leader of the Muslim Association of Britain, Osama Saeed, was an SNP candidate in this year's Scottish elections. His recent quotes include the ever popular:

"Good community relations do not happen by accident, and need to be striven for.”

And for a trip down memory lane:

"If we continue to get things right, and improve on it, Scotland can be a beacon to the world in Muslim and non-Muslim relations."

I just concerned about the fuel he plans to use for his beacon!

14 August 2007 at 12:38  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Scotland can be a beacon to the world in Muslim and non-Muslim relations."

I like that term "Muslim and Non-Muslim" it has that tone of "Believer and Non-Believer" and completely ignores that the Saltire represents St Andrew - even a rabid leftie like Alex Salmond must know he was a Christian Saint....but to divide the world into Muslims and Non-Muslims is to play to someone else's script

14 August 2007 at 13:16  
Anonymous Dr C. Riyal Kilah said...

Regarding the phrase 'Muslim and Non-Muslim', the Islamically correct terminology for a non-Muslim is a 'Kuffar', 'Kufaar' or 'Kafir' (with variant spellings), and normally preceded by the adjective 'najis'.

Ever since the fall of Andalusia we Muslims haven't exactly been in the forefront of progress, so we tend to define our identity in terms of opposition to others rather in terms of our own cultural achievements. Hence the definition of a Muslim is 'Not a Kuffar'. In this we have much in common with the SNP. Alex Salmond's definition of a Scotsman is 'Not an Englishman'.

Well I must go now as I need to check the hospital's air-conditioning system for Legionella pneumophila . That culture I inoculated last week should be turning pathogenic anytime now.

Dr C. Riyal Kilah

Muslim Medical Malpractitioners Association

14 August 2007 at 13:53  
Blogger Prodicus said...

Not only was St Andrew a Christian saint, but he was a Jew, too. Wait till the mad bastards find that out and start burning the Scottish national flag.

I like your Islamicised version of it, Cranmer. They will of course, keep the saltire's X since crucifixion is an approved Muslim disciplinary practice according to a moderate preacher on the Dispatches programme against whom the CPS finds no prima facie evidence worthy of using in court.

14 August 2007 at 14:25  
Anonymous the doc said...

Beautiful theatre gown , do they do it in a 46 long ?

14 August 2007 at 15:25  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

There might be something psycho-sexual at work here among the libs, besides the Marxist subversion. They're practically inviting Muslims to be offended and to make further demands for Islamicization. Open gays and uppity wimmin a) are part of the alliance that pushes this kind of dangerous nonsense through; b) do not flourish under Islam. To a rational mind there's a contradiction there, but perhaps the brutal beardiness of the faith appeals to their masochism: "Rape us!"

14 August 2007 at 15:45  
Blogger BrianSJ said...

That green and white flag is not going to go down well in Lanarkshire or with Rangers supporters.

14 August 2007 at 17:00  
Blogger Peter said...

If the first thing I saw when I regained consciousness was a nurse in that outfit, it would scare the crap out of me. I'd wonder if I was in a nuclear decontamination zone, or possibly in hell with all the other non-christians.

What's wrong with a kindly human face to reassure the sick and confused?

14 August 2007 at 18:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is irritating is that the likes of Jim McCaffery, director of 'acute services and workforce' (whatever that is... a 6 figure salary most likely), are faffing about with 'cultural diversity,' rather than dealing with bigger issues in the NHS, such as the enormous lack of mental healthcare at the moment... or services to help the ever increasing number of gamblers (which has been exasabated by this Governments ill-thought-out gambling policies).

Its great to see taxpayers money being wasted on 'diversity' initiatives.

14 August 2007 at 19:30  
Anonymous A Supplicant said...

Your Grace could I please strongly urge you, in your ecclesiastical capacity, to swiftly appeal to Her Majesty the Queen, the Defender of the Faith, to actually defend the faith and take the lead that the Monarch and Head of the Church of England should, in stopping this nonsense right now and forever.

15 August 2007 at 00:38  
Blogger Steven_L said...

What utter nonsense, I've worked in loads of call centre with Muslims during Ramadan and been at university with Muslim students during Ramadan.

None are the slightest bit offended by infidels tucking in.

In fact many only do it as a cultural thing and a matter of respect, as soon as it is over they are back drinking 10 pints and kipping on your sofa

15 August 2007 at 01:28  
Anonymous CCTV said...

steven_I......your Muslims exhibit false consciousness this was a failing of the English Working Class which is why they were consigned to oblivion in urban ghettoes and "minorities" were discovered to be worthy of patronage by the Left

15 August 2007 at 07:01  
Anonymous Dr Mabuse said...

I am surprised His Grace did not have a caption competition for "The Green Woman" aka "The Algae Princess"


along the lines of ..... Greetings from Sellafield....Dr Achmenijad will see you now.

15 August 2007 at 07:03  
Blogger Cato, author of www.toryheaven.com said...

You have cut through the multiculrural, PC waffle so redolent of the modern age, Your Grace - waffle such as this justification from NHS Lothian for its decision, namely that it "promotes a positive culture which recognises and respects diversity both in our workforce and in the people we serve". Really? What about respecting those who choose NOT to follow the dicatates of Mohammed and are quite happy to much on their pork sandwich during Ramadan or at any other time of the year they choose?

This is yet another decision which emboldens Muslims into thinking that they are justified, and indeed able, to transform, bit by bit, this land into an outpost of the Caliphate. We must fight it with all our strength.

15 August 2007 at 08:39  
Anonymous Observer said...

Lothian

Redneck

http://www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/getinvolved/equality.asp

http://www.equalityscotland.com/

Calendar

Scots Pagans do not recognise St Stephen's Day !

Diversity Task Force

Naira Dar (Diversity Associate):

Shazia Ashraf (Programme Officer)

15 August 2007 at 12:06  
Blogger Graf von Straf Hindenburg said...

For once I am completely and utterly lost for words. Yo, Caledonia!

15 August 2007 at 15:09  
Blogger Hettie said...

Your Grace,

it turns out that the oddly but predictably named interfaith gown is for patients, not nurses.

15 August 2007 at 18:40  
Blogger fake consultant said...

i can see celebrating diversity...but seriously, have a "diversity day" or something.

why not just invite the local mosque to send over a few reps and talk about the cultural significance of ramadan?

that way everyone gets respect, and those deprived of lunch don't have to resort to terrorism.

15 August 2007 at 21:49  
Blogger Harry Hook said...

The gown shown, is for Muslim patients - not medical staff.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/lancashire/5315306.stm

16 August 2007 at 21:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an absolute disgrace!

If I was asked to refrain from eating during ramadan I would sit there eating bacon sandwiches until they sacked me.

Dr. Grother.

20 August 2007 at 13:14  

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