Muslims as well as the authorities are again crying foul over discrimination. Last week there were two incidents in this regard. In the first, a Muslim-American woman has sued Southwest airlines alleging she was discriminated against as she was wearing an Islamic head covering. In the second, Ohio officials decided to remove all pork products from prison menus.
On the first case, the justification provided by Southwest airlines was that the crew found it uncomfortable flying with a lady wearing a head covering. This justification was that the safety concerns of the other passengers had to be taken into consideration. in the second case, in response to a lawsuit by Muslim inmates, Ohio joined California, Florida, Maryland and Massachusetts among states that don’t serve pork in prisons.
Like any individual, the woman in the first case has the right to practice his or her religion. But in a secular society religion is a personal matter and the apprehensions of the society has to be respected by one and all. The arguments by the women and the advocates of radical Islam that she was discriminated against on religious grounds for practicing Islam is not credible, as she was not following other prescriptions of Islamic law. For example, she was not escorted by a close male relative, as instructed by the stringent laws of Islam.
Let us not forget that a great many burqa clad suicide bombers have exploded themselves killing many innocents. The final judgment of the court in the case of a woman flying with her face covered with a hijab remains to be determined, but based on past examples the courts are likely to find in favor of the airline.
In the second example, Ohio officials removed all food products containing pork from the menu in prisons in response to a lawsuit by Muslim inmates, an issue already resolved in California, Florida, Maryland and Massachusetts by not serving pork in prisons.
If media reports are to be believed, the Muslim inmates did not even invoke the term ‘Pork’ at all. They just demanded that they should be served halal food as per the guidelines of Islamic law. With the fact that the Jewish inmates are served kosher food, the plea of the Muslim inmates for halal food is reasonable. But here, the officials went one step beyond what was requested and took away all pork containing food products from the menu, putting non Muslim inmates and non Jewish inmates in an uncomfortable position, just to establish that the state is a defender of secular, liberal and egalitarian values.
The west has already started surrendering to Islam and is prepared for surrender forever. For a clearer example, in the UK authorities decided that all the graves in a multi-faith cemetery should be directed towards Mecca in respect of the Muslim religious sentiments. Even in this case, in the name of respect towards Islam, Islam was imposed on the believers of all religions.
Here lies the kernel of the issue and the gravity of the menace awaiting west. Besides being a tiny minority, the rational and irrational demands of Muslims are given disproportional consideration and the state responds with extra privileges for Muslims at the cost of others. In the name of multiculturalism, the British airlines prohibited Christian crew members from wearing the holy cross, but at the same time Muslim crew members were allowed to disclose their religious identity including the right to be dressed on duty in traditional Islamic style. Agreed there are measures in the opposite direction as well, as France banned display of all religious icons in public. But in a free society such measures elicit sharp criticism of the government.
It seems as if the self proclaimed proponents of multiculturalism, secularism and liberalism are digging their own grave in favor of an Islamic Caliphate, the Ummah or a Eurabia. From the Muslim demands and from the subsequent state rewards, we can only reach a very catastrophic conclusion. Given the Islamic strategy of the past, we have to conclude that when Muslims claim discrimination in a society where they are not so predominant, they secure extra privileges from the dominant population, and there will come a time in future when Muslims become dominant in those society. At that time in future, the same agitators we see todaywill impose the most inhumane, illogical and irrational discrimination on the current majority, rebuilding society on the model seen from Saudi Arabia to Iran to Pakistan to almost the entire Islamic world.