Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Now this is really nuts

If I ever see this idiocy approved here in the states, it just might be time for a (very peaceful, of course) revolution :-)

Police in Bedfordshire, England have been issued an 18 point "guide" for dealing with Muslims who are suspected of terrorist or drug offenses:

• Rapid entry needs to be the last resort and raids into Muslim houses are discouraged for a number of religious dignity reasons.

Good, good. That will give them time to sneak out the back and/or hide and destroy evidence.

• Police should seek to avoid looking at unclad Muslim women and allow them an opportunity to dress and cover their heads.

That's right, look at Christian and Hindu women all you want, but not Muslims. They're special.

• For reasons of dignity officers should seek to avoid entering occupied bedrooms and bathrooms even before dawn.

Yup, Ahmed the Bomber need only run to the bathroom and grunt and make farting noises and he's off limits.

• Use of police dogs will be considered serious desecration of the premises and may necessitate extensive cleaning of the house and disposal of household items.

Oh, good. Wouldn't want the police to find any explosives or drugs. Especially if that's what they're there for.

• Advice should be sought before considering the use of cameras and camcorders due to the risk of capturing individuals, especially women, in inappropriate dress.

Well, at least it leaves the door open (no pun inteded, but hey -- I'll take it). Still, it is unequal treatment of Muslims and non-Muslims, amounting to favoritism to ... Muslims. Muslim terrorists (a practically redundant term if you look at the statistics) have a tendency to hide among the innocent to protect themselves. Now they only need to stay in a house with women.

• Muslim prisoners should be allowed to take additional clothing to the station.

Sure, go ahead. If you actually get to take any prisoners with all these restrictions.

• If people are praying at home officers should stand aside and not disrupt the prayer. They should be allowed the opportunity to finish.

Is "Allah Akbar" considered a prayer? Isn't this pretty much what any self-respecting suicide bomber says right before he pushes the button?

"Dude, he's prayin'. Leave him alone."

"Ok, we'll just stand here silently while he fin-..." BOOM!!

• Officers should not take shoes into the houses, especially in areas that might be kept pure for prayer purposes.

What if Christians were to demand that Police make The Sign of the Cross before entering their homes?

• In the current climate the justification for pre-dawn raids on Muslim houses needs to be clear and transparent.

Ok, I'm there with you on this one.

• Non-Muslims are not allowed to touch holy books, Qurans or religious artefacts without permission. Where possible, Muslim officers in a state of 'Wudhu' (preparation before prayer) should be used for this purpose.

Giving Muslim law breakers a perfect place to stash evidence.

"May I look in this book?"

"No, that is the holy Koran and you are forbidden to desecrate it."

"How about this trunk?"

"No, that is the Trunk of Jihad, and you are forbidden to desecrate it."

"How about if Officer Khalil here does it? He is Muslim and is in a state of Wudhu."

"If he were, he would not be here with you infidels. I forbid it."

This is religious favoritism, pure and simple.

Don't get me wrong, I know several Muslims and they seem like pretty nice folks (although -- that is what members of a terrorist cell are supposed to seem like -- so how would I know?). If the police can bust my door down and see my wife in "inappropriate" dress and chase me into the bathroom... they should be able to do it to anyone else, regardless of their religion.

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