Have the police gone barking mad?
Cranmer was not going to bother commenting on this ridiculous story. He is acutely aware that such absurdities are driving most British Muslims to distraction. They are of the view that some of their British co-religionists are among the most intolerant in the world. The tolerant and sensible Muslims happen to believe that Britain’s accommodation of such people is appeasement and offensive to British identity and culture.
But now one police story has been overtaken by another of such startling absurdity that even the Lord Chief Justice must be regretting his ill-considered words.
Apparently, police sniffer dogs will have to adhere to Shari’a Law and wear ‘bootees’ (with rubber soles, no less) when searching the homes of Muslims so as not to cause offence. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) has drawn up ‘guidelines’ on ‘religious sensitivities’ when using dogs to search for drugs and explosives.
So, people who deal in drugs and explosives are to have their ‘religious sensitivities’ respected, such that, presumably, if Rex has forgotten to pack his little bootees, there shall be a delay in the recovery of evidence. And it is even more alarming that Muslims will have the right to object to Rex being in their house at all. Is this the real reason the Government needs 42 days?
The dhimmi police are effectively treating every Muslim home as a mosque; acknowledging that even a canine search warrant must respect the Dar al-Islam. As sure as night follows twilight, this will lead to demands that only Muslim police officers search Muslim houses and businesses, for the kuffar are all unclean.
And will the police view it as a crime to walk one’s dog in Bradford or Leicester, lest its mere presence in a ‘Muslim area’ might offend someone?
Cranmer awaits the protest of animal rights groups against the specieists and for causing distress to Rex by forcing him to wear bootees.
And Cranmer wonders, when the next Labour activist knocks on his door, if he may be free to declare the species unclean? And he shall insist, should the police ever wish to enter his humble abode, that they adhere to his sensitivities and custom of removing their shoes and donning slippers. And Rex shall be more welcome than they.
By the way, Peter Oborne and the Dispatches team may wish to note that this is not an Islamophobic article, but one that highlights the absurdity of policing guidelines which are not only patronising to Muslims, but serve to inflame the very tensions between religious groups which they are seeking to quell.