Wednesday, June 18, 2014
CANADA: Muslims claim parking illegally in front of their mosque is a “human right”
Two Muslims from a well-known Muslim Brotherhood front group, ISNA, say a parking restriction in the city of Mississauga that’s in effect during Friday prayer services discriminates against Muslims and they’re asking the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to back their claim.
National Post Salman Khalid, 32, is an emergency physician at a hospital about half an hour from the ISNA Canada Centre, a mosque he and his family have always attended in Mississauga, west of Toronto. In May 2012, he was given a ticket for parking on nearby Finfar Court rather than the mosque’s parking lot, while attending Friday prayer services.
The bylaw states that parking is prohibited on the side street, approximately one block from the mosque, between 12-3 p.m. on Fridays. But this coincides with the mosque’s hours of prayer service on Islam’s holiest day of the week, according to Salman’s father, Muhammad. Mr. Khalid and his son allege the parking bylaw is discriminatory and violates the Ontario Human Rights Code.
I'm Embarrassed to be White
The other day a skinny white boy came to me complaining about his teacher’s “anti-white racist remarks.” These remarks were made while the teacher was lecturing in a course here at UNC-White (Oops! I mean, UNC-Wilmington). After listing a bunch of bad things white people have done to black people, the professor stated in front of a racially-mixed audience: “You know … I’m actually embarrassed to be white.”
The student thought this made his teacher look like an “anti-white racist.” But looks can be deceiving. In reality, like most white “liberals,” the teacher is really a white supremacist.
In order to demonstrate the true nature of this professor’s racism, I suggested the student spend a few days emulating his professor’s conduct. He could start in the very class where he heard the “I’m actually embarrassed to be white” remark. Here are some specific suggestions I gave to the skinny white boy:
When a white person comes into class late, tell him “You make me embarrassed to be white.”
When a white person’s cell phone goes off in class, tell him “You make me embarrassed to be white.”
When a white person says something dumb in class, tell him “You make me embarrassed to be white.”
And, finally, when his white professor says “You know … I’m actually embarrassed to be white” say “You know … I’m actually embarrassed you’re white, too. For once, we agree on something.”
Try this yourself and see how long it takes for the nearest black person to realize that you have higher expectations for white people simply because of the color of their skin. Since this places you at risk of being labeled a white supremacist, or getting your skinny white ass kicked, I will do the following (so I cannot be accused of personal cowardice):
When I see the Director of Diversity at UNCW, I will say that Dog Chapman “Sure makes me embarrassed to be white. I wish he was black. Then I wouldn’t be embarrassed because whites and blacks are not members of the same race.”
When I see our token black political scientist at UNCW, I will say that “Senator Joe from Delaware makes me embarrassed to be white. He’s pretty inarticulate for a white guy.”
When I see the Chancellor of UNCW, I will tell her that her decision to put herself in an ad in the otherwise all-black “Black Pages” - a version of the “White Pages” meant to advertise black owned businesses - “makes me embarrassed to be white.” She’ll understand what I mean because she’s already trying desperately to be black.
Finally, I’ll go to the next all black faculty meeting and introduce myself to black faculty saying “I thank God that none of you are white. This segregation thing has been a terrible embarrassment to my great race. But you people go right ahead.”
Then, after I’m done apologizing for all the dumb things white people do, I’ll spend the rest of the afternoon at the tanning bed.
But, of course, this business of trying to walk out on the white race is surely not the white thing to do (Oops! I mean the right thing to do). Instead of having enlightened “liberals” - like the skinny white boy’s professor - leave the white race we could declare certain whites to be “in-authentically white.” Let me explain.
For years on our campuses, blacks who do not agree with affirmative action – or any other mainstream “liberal” policies – have been labeled “in-authentically black.” By dubbing blacks “in-authentic” for other reasons - being too educated, too grammatically correct, or too family-oriented – “liberals” have half-succeeded in fulfilling their dream of white supremacy in the name of “diversity” and “tolerance.”
Now, by purging the white race of all of those who do not live up to the “liberal” ideals of white moral superiority, we can create a truly enlightened master race. Sound confusing and ridiculous? Welcome to UNCW (The University of Non-Caucasian Wannabes).
People at the Office of Campus Diversity tell me I need to learn to be more tolerant – especially of white “liberals” with a superior vision of the way things ought to be. But I just can’t tolerate white supremacy. I could tolerate a black supremacist. But I expect so much more from white people.
UK Doc Advises Practicing Catholic OB-GYNs in Britain to 'Emigrate'
Practicing obstetrics and gynecology as a faithful Catholic in Britain “would be the equivalent of trying to be a Catholic brothel owner,” says Dr. Charles O’Donnell, a consultant in emergency and intensive care medicine at Whipps Cross Hospital in London,
“I have yet to meet a person who has successfully navigated the training program in obstetrics and gynecology and stayed true to the Magisterium [of the Catholic Church],” O’Donnell told CNSNews.com.
Speaking at a May 17 Catholic Medical Association (UK) conference on “Conscience and the NHS,” he reportedly told attendees during his speech on "Dealing with conscience, how is it done?" that emigration is the only option for a Catholic OB-GYN in Britain who wants to adhere to the tenets of his or her faith while practicing medicine.
The problem, O’Donnell told CNSNews.com, is neither inadequate conscience protection nor religious discrimination.
Britain’s Abortion Act of 1967 states that “no person shall be under any duty, whether by contract or by any statutory or other legal requirement” to perform an abortion, though this does not “affect any duty to participate in treatment which is necessary to save the life or to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of a pregnant woman.”
However, according to an article in the Catholic Medical Quarterly, “life may be made difficult for [conscientious objectors] by means of embarrassment, intimidation, threats of bad references, discrimination at appointment and the occasional dismissal.”
“It’s to do with service commitment,” O’Donnell told CNSNews.com.
"Once you've reached beyond the very junior points of training in the United Kingdom... one is left in a position where one cannot provide the service, because so much of the service involves issues that would actually conflict with the predominant secular view, so therefore would be the equivalent of you know, trying to be a Catholic brothel owner, let's say.
"You could certainly provide, you know, ensure the women were kept nice and warm and healthy, that they had food and health care, but you couldn't provide the principle service, and the principle service is of course something that would conflict with our moral views," he said.
"This is nothing about about discrimination against Catholics," he continued. "This has to do with fundamentally the difference between discrimination and legitimate distinction."
According to the Family Planning Association, 76 percent of British women between the ages of 18 and 49 were using some form of contraception in 2006-07. According to the UK Department of Health, abortions more than doubled in the UK between 1970 and 2012.
“The vast majority of people... sincerely believe this is in their best interests and consequently....no employer can actually employ you and give you a salary for not providing the service that most people think is in their interest,” O’Donnell said.
But where should a Catholic physician go? O’Donnell suggests “the private hospitals in the United States that are Catholic and stay true to the teachings of the Magisterium [or] the private hospitals in Spain - particularly in Navarre.”
However, Dr. Lester Ruppersberger, vice president of the Catholic Medical Association (US), told CNSNews.com that the United States faces “similar problems,” and that Catholic practioners “have an uphill battle in facing and dealing with their patients.”
He pointed to the “recent ACA [Affordable Care Act] from the government... the mandates for contraception, and... ethical guidelines that have been released by the American College of OB-GYNs to take away conscience rights of Catholic physicians.”
He also noted the problem that “85 percent of Catholics contracept,” leaving a Catholic practitioner with “maybe 15 percent of the population” as potential patients.
However, Dr. Ruppersberger does not believe that these problems necessitate emigration. “I think that you need to stay where you are and be whatever light that you can be in the culture of darkness, to bring what is authentic women’s healthcare and make it available to women,” he said.
The Faculty of Reproductive and Sexual Healthcare (FRSH) in the UK, a branch of the Royal College of Gynecologists (RCOG), stated in February that “clinicians who hold moral or religious reservations about any contraceptive methods will be unable to fulfill the syllabus... this will render them ineligible for the award of the examination or completion of training certificates.” Furthermore, “failure to complete the syllabus renders candidates ineligible for the reward of a FRSH diploma.”
The Catholic Medical Association (UK) expressed “grave concern” about this decision, stating that it “discriminates against doctors” and calling upon the RCOG “to be more inclusive in its curricula and to accept the variety of beliefs around the ethics” of contraception.
For O’Donnell, the problem is ultimately rooted in people’s secular beliefs. “It’s a matter of changing the culture,” he told CNSNews.com. “At this point in history, that’s the situation.”
But he is optimistic that this can be accomplished. “As Catholics...we’re on the winning side,” he said. “Christ will triumph.”
Historic churches are turning into giant 'bat barns' forcing vicars to 'shake faeces out of their hair at the altar', claims Tory peer
Britain's churches are at risk of turning into giant 'bat barns', a Tory peer has warned. Lord Cormack said the flying animals were a 'terrible problem' for parishes - with the smell and mess of bat droppings proving an 'intolerable burden' for vicars.
The former Tory MP said he had been told of one occasion when a vicar had to 'shake bat faeces out of her hair while celebrating holy communion at the altar'.
He said bats were a 'menace' to churches and it was time for a fightback against nature lovers.
Tory peer Lord Ahmad, speaking for the Government, said there was a 'bat helpline' to give free advice on helping churches deal with the problem.
But Lord Cormack said: 'The impression is that bats matter much more than the worshipping community and this is exacerbated by the fact Natural England abrogated responsibility to the Bat Conservation Trust, who are quite legitimately a pressure group.'
He added: 'This is a subject that is not sufficiently aired but it really is a very true danger.
'If this debate achieved only one thing - a better balance between the demands of English Nature and the needs of English Heritage - I would be well content.'
The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, said there had been a lot of meetings with Natural England and the Government on the problem of bats and there had been some positive developments.
But he added: 'It is always odd to me that our parish churches seem to be treated much more as barns than as houses.
'They are places where people gather and to eat - not just the sacrament of holy communion but more socially as well - and I doubt any other eating place would be allowed to be so unhygienic.'
Musical impresario Lord Lloyd-Webber urged the Government to set up a national heritage memorial fund to protect and promote works of art in parish churches.
The Conservative peer said: 'We have to fight passionately for the future of our parish churches.'
He warned that protecting works of art like stained glass windows was beyond the means of some churches and suggested a fund should be created to do the job.
Lord Lloyd-Webber said anything that people could do to further the use of churches as the centre of communities had to be good.
'We should have Wi-Fi in churches,' he added. 'If we have Wi-Fi you could have an app and that app could say look this is what this building is about.'
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, replying to the debate for the Government, said: 'Most medieval churches will have bats and it seems that Norfolk churches seem to have particular problems in this respect.
'Historical buildings, especially churches, play an important role in helping to protect the conservation and status of native bats.
'In a changing landscape churches can represent one of the few remaining constant resources for bats, thus giving them a disproportionate significance for the maintenance of bat populations.'
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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