Saturday, September 05, 2009

Boris Johnson urges non-Muslims to fast during Ramadan

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has encouraged people to undergo a day of fasting to help them gain a better understanding of their 'Muslim neighbour'.

Absolutely right.

And Cranmer exhorts the Mayor to encourage Muslims to go to church, read the Bible, give up something for Lent, meditate on the cross and try the odd bacon sandwich to help them gain a better understanding of their Christian neighbour.


Blogger Forlornehope said...

Looking at the number of lardarses round the capital these days, a month of fasting wouldn't be a bad idea.

5 September 2009 at 13:08  
Blogger Demetrius said...

When as a teenager I was once asked by my friendly neighbourhood clergyman what intended to give up for Lent, I responded "Christianity". It seemed a good idea at the time.

5 September 2009 at 13:13  
Anonymous Kwelos said...

Another example of Religion of Peace™ 'Probing' Activities, but his time carried out by a dhimmi rather than a true paedo-worshipper.

5 September 2009 at 13:27  
Blogger Jim Bartlet said...

It physically hurts to try and wonder where the reconciliation can start. Maybe this is our condition, to have to suffer the onrush of divine Grace. All of us.

5 September 2009 at 13:37  
Blogger Don't Call Me Dave said...

And what about Yom Kippur?

5 September 2009 at 14:04  
Blogger Jim Bartlet said...

The only outcome as of present for me is now to have bacon sandwiches and a cup of tea for lunch. You stirred my fondness for bacon into action.

5 September 2009 at 14:04  
Anonymous Kwelos said...

On closer observation, that picture does seem to provide evidence that Bullingdon Boy has converted to Moonhamedanism. They seem to be fitting him with a straitjacket.

5 September 2009 at 14:16  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

If fasting doesn’t appeal, gain a better understanding of Muslims by knocking your wife around, as recommended by Allah himself (Qur’an 4:34): ‘As for those [women] from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.’ It’s popular, too—Amnesty International reports that over 90% of Pakistani women are physically and sexually abused.

Squeamish about violence? Never mind, you can empathize with Muslims by reciting these examples of Islamic tolerance:

Oh Allah, completely destroy and shatter the Jews. Oh Allah, torment them with a disease that has no cure or remedy. Send a thunderbolt down upon them from Heaven. Oh Allah, torment them with every kind of torment. Oh Allah, turn their women into widows. Allah, turn their children into orphans. Oh Allah, bless the efforts of the mujahideen. Oh Allah, bring victory upon us soon. Amen, amen.

Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Muslims will kill them, and the Jews will hide behind stones and trees, and the stones and the trees will say: “Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him."

Either Boris Johnson and Wisteria Dave are ignorant of the true nature of Islam or they’re turning a blind eye.

•Johnny Rottenborough•

5 September 2009 at 14:30  
Blogger Dr.D said...

Better to pass around ham sandwiches and beer to the muzzies during the day so they are not so violent at night.

5 September 2009 at 14:49  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Now then.

There are a few quite unneccesary comments appearing here.

If anyone has anything intelligent to say about precisely how much one can get to know one's Christian neighbour by partaking of a bacon sandwich, His Grace would be interested to hear.

5 September 2009 at 14:54  
Anonymous not a mouse said...

Umm. Diversify them? Bacon and Egg sarnies? BLTs? Pork Sausage and Bacon?

5 September 2009 at 15:42  
Anonymous len said...

Perhaps they should have tried the XL size on Boris?

5 September 2009 at 16:18  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Why doesn't Boris give up adultery for Ramadan ? Or is he looking to be stoned instead ?

5 September 2009 at 17:05  
Blogger Gnostic said...

My reaction to Boris' suggestion is as follows: Rearrange the folowing words into a well know phrase or saying - off sod.

Boris is an extremely silly mayor (geddit?). When it comes to mayors I prefer the likes of Peter Davies. He's the no nonsense Doncaster mayor who more than halved his own salary before becoming engaged in putting political correctness where it belongs - in the bin. The mayor who is cutting wasteful local government spending across the board without sacrificing vital services.

Him I'd give a vote to any day.

Politicans please take note. And that mean you, too, Cameron...

5 September 2009 at 17:25  
Blogger Miss Snuffleupagus said...

Well said Voyager!

The photo demonstrates how ludicrous a suggestion this is. One does not get to know a people better by fasting anymore than partaking in a bacon sandwich!

It is a shame that in all this dancing around in cloth a la buffoon which Boris does so well, we miss the deep significance and great self-discipline of the fast.

We should all try fasting for a day not because we wish to know our Muslim neighbours better (I think one will find a simple conversation or two will do wonders...), but because we wish to teach ourselves the meaning of restraint, order and courage.

If only Boris had the necessary depth to see that.

5 September 2009 at 17:41  
Anonymous Stuart said...

Yes and let's have a little gander at the folks behind the:-

East London Mosque

Sorry I am a little depressed and have had one too many Carling's...

5 September 2009 at 18:02  
Blogger True Belle said...

Gosh, that puts the Atkins diet into reverse!

5 September 2009 at 18:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not Boris's finest hour.

5 September 2009 at 18:12  
Blogger Jayce Kay said...


Remember this at the ballot box ladies and gents.

Every time one of this idiots, irrespective of what party they represent, entertains or shows 'respect' to this so called religion of peace, they trade away, just a little more of our own personal freedom and democratic way of life.

Johnson, I've known you as a lovable Tory buffoon but you've just made yourself into a useful idiot with this move.

5 September 2009 at 18:15  
Anonymous Stuart said...

Amen, Jayce...well said indeed!!

5 September 2009 at 18:20  
Blogger True Belle said...

Will anyone get any work done?

Will airline pilots or surgeons develop hypoglycemia. Will they be able to function at their job.

How will diabetics cope?

Hungry babies ditto

Will the Mayor fall orf his bike , perhaps not.

I do not agree with the big cover up or the extreme deprivations that Muslim men decide their women should obey.

5 September 2009 at 18:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some Christians are praying throughout Ramadanfor Muslims to hear the Gospel and for the persecuted Church in Pakistan and Arabia. Seems a good idea.

5 September 2009 at 19:36  
Anonymous Stuart said...

Amen Anon:-

Maryam Rostampour and Marzieh Esmailabadi are Iranian Christians who were imprisoned six months ago for converting to Christianity.

And yes. for some reason I have had enough today! It must be the drink!

5 September 2009 at 20:30  
Anonymous Philip Walker said...

It's a matter of pandering to whichever minority group shouts the loudest. So, of course Boris won't do as HG suggests to encourage Muslims during lent to go to church, read the Bible, think about the Cross and so on...

As a natural conservative (and still a Conservative), I was glad when Boris was elected. But this and other recent pronouncements are beginning to make him seem nearly as disastrous as Ken.

5 September 2009 at 20:39  
Anonymous no nonny said...

I like the "meditate on the cross" bit, Your Grace. And I mean Cross, not crucifix and all that sickening, unhealthy, affective, euro religiosity (pornography) of watching at naked people hanging to death (invasion of privacy; voyeurism).

We have our own ancient tradition of Crosses - relics of them all over the place. Maybe we should revive the Cross as a symbol of the unity under God and Christ, that has always guided this country to its greatest achievements. Maybe we should set them up all over the place, under Flags of St. George, or the Union, or St. Andrew. Maybe they should be required not only to meditate on it, but to pass a test on its meanings before they are granted citizenship.

It is, after all, about the kinds of behaviour we prefer, and about belief in the Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent God who sacrificed his Only Son for people like us - and them.

Oh. And when they try those bacon delights - let them be the ones to say Grace in some Anglican mode: a courtesy we extend to guests in our House.

On Boris: I've long admired his brilliance and wit; but I always worry about my susceptibility to those charms. The worry was compounded, in this case, by Boris's Turkish lineage and his presumably Islamic marriage. Does it allow him to have a harem? Is that why we're supposed to ignore the adultery?

6 September 2009 at 06:50  
Anonymous Cynthia said...

If I had known that Boris was Turkish I would never have voted for him.His antics are appalling.
Bacon and eggs is a traditional English breakfast.All this carry on about bacon by foreigners is insulting.They have no manners

6 September 2009 at 11:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Boris Johnson were to proclaim that the muslims should have a day a month when they follow the Christian traditions of the country in which the live (not with my blessing,I might add) then maybe I would take his suggestion a little more seriously.

john in cheshire

6 September 2009 at 14:28  
Anonymous the recusant said...

Clear evidence if any were needed of the insidious march of identity politics being translated into institutionalised self censorship. Boris made a TV program recently extolling the virtues of the Caliphate in Spain and castigating the Christian Reconquista for having the temerity to throw the Arabs out after 800 years of occupation, he is indeed a useful fool.

de muslimae nil nisi bonum - Apologies to Horace

6 September 2009 at 15:36  
Anonymous TheGlovner said...

RobertEve said...

"Not Boris's finest hour."

I wasn't aware he has had one.

Boris bloody Johnson, this man is a twat.

7 September 2009 at 00:40  
Blogger Preacher said...

Nice One Your Grace.
Of course Boris wouldn't know that Christians Fast too would He? I suppose We can expect more to come as He tangles himself deeper in the PC net.

7 September 2009 at 12:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judging from what I see going on at local Pakistani restaurants, more calories are consumed during the so-called "fasts" of Ramadam. There is gorging before sunrise, and gorging going on after sunset. The only thing that is "fast" is the rate of consumption during Ramadan!

8 September 2009 at 20:22  

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