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This is nonsense, and it’s not even funny. I have worked in the secular world all my life, in the City of London, and nobody has ever treated me badly because of my faith. It is true I was looked at askance a couple of times when people found out I actually went to church, but once they discovered that I could party like the rest of them people just accepted me.
But my job didn’t entail having to do anything which went against my conscience once new laws had been brought in. Try showing this to the people who have been sacked for just that, like the teacher who refused to teach children that homosexuality was normal, or the health worker who showed her colleagues some anti-abortion literature.
I am surprised at you for posting this, webmaster, and very disappointed.
You (persecuted christians) want to be treated differently due to your views or because you attended church, yet your ‘partying like the rest of them’ shows your work colleagues that your lifestyle is no different to theirs.
So therefore you cannot take the moral high ground, or a crisis of conscience, by wanting to impose on others your own beliefs.
@ Cabal: “As for most of the crisis of conscience cases, they’re akin to a vegan complaining about their job in an abbatoir anyway…”
Neatly put. And in a couple of the recent cases (the home tutor and the housing officer) it’s clear that, far from suffering persecution, these guys were instigators, causing distress to vulnerable people they met through their work. The boot very much on the other foot.
I too work in the City and I think there is enough ‘truth’ in this cartoon for it to be considered a very mild poke at people who shout ‘Persecution’ at the slightest opportunity. I have come across people like that. They really do exist. Generally they are incredibly disappointed when everyone just ignores them, because that’s not in their script. Some people expect, even want, to be persecuted, in order to validate their faith.
The rest of us should not be so over sensitive. This is not a dig at those millions of sincere Christians who modestly assert their faith. It is surely a dig at those few people who genuinely but misguidedly go out to provoke an adverse reaction as an end in itself.
When muslims have crisis of conscience cases they are appeased.
Scores of the Britain’s 10,000 Muslim prisoners – who account for one in eight of all inmates – are refusing to take part in Offending Behaviour Programmes (OBPs ), claiming it is ‘forbidden’ or ‘Haraam’.
That’s a really interesting statistic you’ve unearthed there Goy. 12% of the prison population in the UK is Muslim, against an overall Muslim population in the UK of less than 5%.
I would be the first to state that it would be unjust to leap to unsubstantiated conclusions but I would be fascinated if anyone can shed some factual light on this disparity. It might be something as mundane as the fact that Muslims might be over-represented in deprived areas. Any thoughts? It might be the reverse of Humanists being hugely unrepresented in the prson population.
Nicolai Sennels a Danish psychologist who worked for several years with young criminal Muslims in a Copenhagen prison. He is the author of Among Criminal Muslims. A Psychologist’s Experience from the Copenhagen Municipality.
Also very interesting Goy. Thank you. I was particular taken by the following extract:
An important aspect of this difference concerning locus of control is that people who see their own lives mainly guided by outer factors – a fearsome God, a powerful father, influential imams, ancient but strong cultural traditions – very easily develop a victim mentality. It is thus not without reason that conspiracies and blaming the non-Muslims are so central in Muslim leaders’ rhetoric and politics. This victim mentality also dominates the mentality of Muslim immigrants, who often have a long row of demands for economic support and Islamization of our societies to satisfy their personal needs.