Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sheffield Council refuses to bury Christians on a Saturday

There are rites, and there are rights. And, in a blatant example of religious discrimination, it seems that only Muslims and Jews have the right to be buried on a Saturday. From The Daily Mail:

A council has barred a grieving family from burying their stepfather on a Saturday - because he was not Muslim.

Harold 'Charlie' Lemaire died last week aged 75 from pneumonia. His stepdaughter, Jean Maltby, wanted the funeral to be held this Saturday so family who live outside the city could attend.

The retired steel worker's stepson Stephen lives in Dorset while other members of his family live as far away as the Isle of Man.

But when her funeral director called Sheffield's City Road Cemetery to arrange a memorial service followed by burial, he was told the funeral would not be allowed on a Saturday because the family was not Muslim.

The city's council confirmed it does not offer funerals at the weekend except to Muslims, in line with the rules of the Islamic faith that the dead must be buried as soon as possible.

Ms Maltby said today she felt it was unfair to offer weekend funerals to one religion and not to others.

'It should be one rule for everyone - and I don't think the people of Sheffield realise the council has made this decision,' she said.

'It goes against the council's policy of equal rights. They are making a service available to one sector of the community and not another.'...


Let us be clear here. Undertakers have no problem with funerals on a Saturday. And Islamic groups have backed calls for all faiths to be treated equally. The initiative has come from some PC-obsessed jobsworth on the Labour-controlled* Sheffield Council.

Cranmer wonders why the council's own code of conduct and anti-discrimination guidelines do not cover this manifest inequality. But he more than suspects they do. All it will take is for someone to threaten court action, and the policy will rapidly be changed.

*Sheffield Council became Liberal Democrat in May 2008. The policy emanates from the Labour era.

10 Comments:

Anonymous roman said...

I come from a Jewish milieu, and unless one of your practicing Jewish readers says otherwise, I am not aware that Jewish law allows burial on the Sabbath - it would break any number of religious rules.

24 September 2008 at 23:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheffield is controlled by Liberal Democrats not Labour.

25 September 2008 at 00:20  
Anonymous JW said...

In my days as an altar boy, we frequently buried parishoners on a Saturday, though we preferred mid-week burials as that ensured at least half a day out of school. Perhaps my successors have banded together for trade union rights

25 September 2008 at 01:20  
Blogger Braeg Heneffe said...

Why in the modern World we live in today can't we accept a little change, especially in Sheffield, such a diverse city. The Christian Church took in Gays, why can't we change the days we are buried and sell fish??

25 September 2008 at 08:51  
Blogger The Secret Person said...

This only applies to Muslims, Jews are in the same boat as Christians (and one presumes all faiths and atheists).

25 September 2008 at 11:23  
Blogger Peter O said...

I completely fail to understand this directive from the council. The Islamic tradition to to bury the corpse as soon as possible, NOT to bury it specifically on a Saturday. Unless there is some statistical bizareness going on in Sheffield where the overwhelming majority of Muslims die on a Friday, there is absolutely *no* reason why Saturday should be a more popular day for Muslim burials than any other.

25 September 2008 at 11:34  
Blogger McKenzie said...

For all you that cannot accept that this is now a Muslim nation, and who still get bad reactions to the word Muslim, here is a bit of implosion therapy:

Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims Muslims.

And just in case:

Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam Islam.

See you can do it! It's not so bad really, just open your heart to Allah and thank Him for all things bright and Liberal-Leftist-Labour-PC-Anti-Christian-end of western civilisation-up the creek-gone mental-cultural suicidal bullshit.

Vote Labour/LibDem and be one of the cool people who 'understand' what the rest of us don't.
I just wish they would explain it to me. Explain why it is in my best interests for you to swamp this country with alien cultures, and simply expect the indigenous population to embrace them without question.
Harman spouted off about how the BNP is divisive: well it's these idiots who have created a major divisive nation. We have millions of foreigners now living in totally separate enclaves who have no intention of trying to adjust to the host culture, but in all actuality have morphed it into something that is now almost ashamed of it's own self, and cannot bend over backwards enough for the noose of cultural execution to be strapped to it's neck.

Hey Harman! You stupid ignorant bitch, the divisive communities are already here...YOU CREATED THEM!

25 September 2008 at 16:56  
Blogger McKenzie said...

I have resorted to a bit of name calling on the last post which may seem extreme, but it seems to be the language of Harriet Harman so I am sure she will understand. I am of course referring to her extreme defamatory language used against David Cameron. This was an assault on a married man's fidelity, a man who in no way deserves to have such analogies made about him, and is an extremely disrespectful and personal insult to his wife. If politicians have to sink to this level of gutter behavior in order to make a point to their delegates at conference, then such a conference of whatever can it be? She made me cringe, and for me to be cringed is no mean feat I can bloody tell you.
In my opinion, only a stupid ignorant bitch would make such underhanded and unjustified remarks.

25 September 2008 at 17:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason they must be buried quickly is a superstitious dread of this black magic being performed to send the soul to hell if an enemy can sneak in while the corpse is unnattended:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/muslim-womans-body-found-in-hospital-morgue-covered-with-bacon-745706.html

25 September 2008 at 23:09  
Anonymous len said...

WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?
1,A POLITICAL SYSTEM FOR CHOOSING AND REPLACING THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH FAIR AND FREE ELECTIONS.
2, THE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF THE PEOPLE, AS CITIZENS,IN POLITICS AND CIVIL LIFE.
3, PROTECTION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF ALL CITIZENS.
4,A RULE OF LAW,IN WHICH THE LAWS AND PROCEDURES APPLY EQUALLY TO ALL CITIZENS.
Apply Political correctness
and you can see it rules out all of the above.

28 September 2008 at 09:01  

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