Thursday, January 17, 2008

Seeking Dhimmitude

There appears to be at least two different types of dhimmis, those that begrudgingly accept their second class status to Muslims after their rights have been forcibly wrested from them (such as the Chaldeans in Iraq and the Copts in Egypt) and those that voluntarily cast away their dominant status in order to avoid the discomfort of having it taken from them.

Today's example of the latter type is in the Daily Mail.

A Muslim police officer given bacon and wine as a Secret Santa gift decided to treat it as a harmless if tasteless joke. But a non-Muslim colleague failed to show the same level of tolerance.

The officer who supplied the gift, 26-year-old PC Rob Murrie, was reported to his superiors for racism.

And PC Murrie subsequently came under such pressure that he felt he had no option but to resign from the Bedfordshire force.

Yesterday, the target of the joke, 31-year-old Arshad Mahmood, said he still regarded PC Murrie as "a good officer and a good friend", while Muslim community leaders accused police chiefs of "overreacting" to the incident at Luton police station.
The Muslim man that was given the tasteless gift is not the one who complained, nor is he in favor of having his fellow officer reprimanded. He simply took the joke for what it was, a joke, and moved on.

But not the police department which has put itself into full-blown surrender mode. The Muslim community here has spoken loudly and forcefully that the dhimmis are overreacting. It was a tasteless joke they say, but move on.

The sad thing is that sane western society looks to the Muslim world to provide the rest of us with a reformed Islam, one that seeks to integrate, tolerate and accept--an Islam that isn't so easily offended. And here it appears we at least have the makings of one such community, yet this community's moderate reaction to what would cause riots in the streets in many parts of the world is rejected by the PC crowd, almost admonishing the Muslim community for not being sufficiently offended.

Someone in this situation needs to grow up, and it isn't the Muslims.

h/t Dhimmi Watch

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