Thursday, October 01, 2009

Liberal Democrat religious discrimination

Cranmer loves things like this.

Watford’s Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate, Sal Brinton, sent Javid Suleman (pictured) a greeting card to celebrate Eid.

Mr Suleman is a Christian.

The card was sent purely on the grounds that Mr Suleman has a ‘Muslim-sounding’ name, and therefore was presumed to be a Muslim.

Ergo, as far as the Liberal Democrats are concerned, one’s religion is determined by one’s surname, and one is then appropriately categorised. This is Liberal Democrat campaign strategy – classification according to ethnicity, skin colour, or religion.

Wonderful prejudice.

It would be interesting to discover by what means and authority this inaccurate data has been collated and stored.

Even more interesting (for Cranmer) is why the Liberal Democrats are sending greeting cards to ethnic minorities in commemoration of the days of religious observance at all.

Will all of Watford’s Christians (or white people with ‘Christian-sounding’ names) be sent a Christmas card?

If not, should not all of Watford’s white-people-with-Christian-sounding-names make a formal complaint about the Liberal Democrats’ discrimination on the grounds of religion?


Anonymous Old Grumpy said...

Wonderful, your Grace.

I so love it when the pc brigade fall over their own feet like this

Mr Suleman should really sue them for "hurt feelings" but even if he doesn't, the publicity already demonstrating the blatant racism here is worth its weight in gold

PS I've had a bad morning of it, so this has really brightened my day!

1 October 2009 at 15:04  
Anonymous pedant said...

I have a Chinese friend called Chou. Will the Lib Dems send him a Passover card?

1 October 2009 at 15:08  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

It may not just be the Christians who have cause to complain. I thought Suleman translated is Solomon.

That may mean that the Jewish community may have cause for complaint, too.

And what might Watford’s Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate, Sal Brinton’s defence be I wonder?

‘My best friend is a Muslim.’?

Bang goes the Christian, Jewish and Muslim vote!

1 October 2009 at 15:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the Jedi get a card to celebrate the birthday of Yoda?

1 October 2009 at 15:44  
Anonymous Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Wot ho Your Grace, just an aside, but the Bishop and I are much exercised by the visit this evening of St Therese of Lisieux to York Minister. In your day such old bones were given the old heave-ho if history serves me right, so what on earth is going on? If the Dean of York is to be believed (and who would doubt him?) it is something turly spiritual which will contribute towards Christian unity. How many Plymouth Brethren will be queueing up do you think?

1 October 2009 at 18:19  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

I hope Sal Brinton (name sounds like something out of the Sopranos) realises that he/she is an international laughing stock.
Mr Suleman should sue on the grounds of racial discrimination
and the resulting trauma of falsely
being accused of Islamism.

1 October 2009 at 18:23  
Anonymous stereodog said...

Forgive me Archbishop for not sending you an Eid greetings card. I stupidly assumed that because your last name was Cranmer that you were a Christian.

1 October 2009 at 18:35  
Blogger Gnostic said...

I'm not that surprised. Not when you realise that Liberal Democrats gives you the anagram: A terrible old scam...

1 October 2009 at 18:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please excuse me being anon but I need to strip out all proper names for this.

Last Christmas an MP came up with the wheeze that businesses in their constituency might like to sponsor, for charity, a christmas card from the MP to the constituents.

The MP's idea was that the businesses would make a large donation to the MP's Christmas card fund, and the MP would have them printed up with a company logo included on the greeting. The businesses would trust the MP to buy the cards from the cheapest source, rather than from, say, the MP's own squeeze, and to hand over any surplus to the named charities.

Of course, the MP would sign all the cards and appear in any publicity shots, handing over a cheque to the beneficiaries.

The significance here is that Mr Suleman should check carefully who is paying for that card. If he's lucky, it will be some hapless business who has been chivvied in to coughing up. It is just possible, though, that he's paying for it himself if they've found a way to stick it on the council's stationery budget.

1 October 2009 at 19:41  
Blogger Conservative Vision said...

1 October 2009 at 21:08  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Conservative Vision,

As sympathetic as His Grace is to your aims, he finds that sort of post a little presumptuous, not to say rude.

1 October 2009 at 21:42  
Blogger Miss Snuffleupagus said...

Very funny...

1 October 2009 at 22:21  
Anonymous churchmouse said...

Mrs. Proudie, I'm surprised you need to ask!

After all that gunuflecting, crossing ourselves, confession, crucifixes instead of crosses, stations of the Cross, denigration of the KJB, TB et el papa - what's a little more affective piety (happy clappy) and relic worship? And the landscaping at some of our abbeys looks more frog than English, nowadays.

I reckon they're just waiting for formal pronouncement on Lisbo to declare the CoE a branch of the Roman bishopric. Before we know where we are they'll be selling little bits of the 'relics;' and pardons 'all hot from rome;' and multiple masses for the Dead; and using Chaucer as a sort of bible for RC restoration! Maybe gordissimo could turn into some kind of martyr...?

Apologies, Your Grace; I'm not sure how to bring this on Topic! Except that I do think it participates in the same ignorance of and insensitivity to audience that the LibDems exhibit. Thereby, of course, it participates in the demotion, devaluation, and deconstruction our own culture. And, of course, it contributes to the destruction of an intelligent, sincere, and searching approach to Christianity.

P.S: I know frenchies in the US who are firmly convinced that the British concede the superiority of frog culture to our own. "Ah yes," they say, proprietary noses aloft, "Rievaulx; Jervaulx." And they don't have Yorkshire accents.

1 October 2009 at 22:50  
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1 October 2009 at 23:54  
Blogger Tarquin said...


They'll probably get round any discrimination claims because they used direct marketing methods and simply removed names because they knew they weren't muslim - they didn't add names because they were muslim (or appaeared muslim)

2 October 2009 at 00:52  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...

Do Muslims in fact send Eid cards to one another? Sounds unlikely to me. The card-sending habit is itself a part of the Western Christian cultural package, isn't it?

2 October 2009 at 02:34  
Blogger Manfarang said...

A few years ago a nice young Indonesian lady sent me an Eid(I seem to remember it goes by another name in Indonesia) card.
Anyway I have just been to the Pharsi Charoen post office and sent my Yuletide gifts.Who knows they may even reach Scotland in time!

2 October 2009 at 08:04  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

I don't know if Muslims send cards to each other.I only know what I see on documentaries concerning Islam.I do remember on the latest one shown here that chaps are required to sit down when having a leak. I wonder if any communicant can enlighten me on the religious significance of this.

2 October 2009 at 09:33  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Dishdashahs or thoubs have no zips.

2 October 2009 at 10:04  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...

"A few years ago," you say? Never again since then? What did you do to scare your nice young lady away?

2 October 2009 at 10:38  
Blogger Manfarang said...

It was not a romantic relationship.

3 October 2009 at 11:52  

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