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Hey! You’ve got to hide your lunch away! by American Elephant

Your lunch is the latest sacrifice to the gods of multiculturalism and appeasement if you are unfortunate enough to work for the National Health Services in Edinburgh, Scotland:

HOSPITAL staff in the Lothians have been told not to eat at their desks to avoid offending Muslim colleagues during Ramadan.

NHS Lothian has advised doctors and other health workers not to have working lunches during the 30-day fast, which begins next month.

The health service’s Equality and Diversity Officer sent an e-mail to all senior managers, giving guidance on religious tolerance.

This includes ensuring Muslim staff are given breaks to pray, and time off to celebrate Eid at the end of Ramadan.

It is understood they also advised hospital managers to move food trolleys away from areas where Muslims work. [read more]

Funny this directive should come from the “Equality and Diversity Officer”—it doesn’t sound very equal to me at all. In fact, it sounds suspiciously as though the rights of the majority are now being discarded outright in order to appease a vocal minority.

First every story that references pigs is packed up and carted away, now Scots of every religious persuasion are expected to change their eating habits for the entire month of Ramadan; cartoons depicting Muhammad are condemned and censored, while protests calling for the destruction of the West are tolerated…

Bill Aitken, Scottish Conservative justice spokesman, was reported as saying: “Frankly, this advice, well meaning as it may be, is total nonsense.”

Thats putting it lightly, Bill.

Why liberals cannot be trusted to defend America by American Elephant

Remember James Ujaama? Liberals’ one time poster-boy for everything that is supposedly wrong with the Patriot Act—racism, ethnic and racial profiling, the supposed trampling of civil liberties, the systematic elimination of dissidents, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah—here, perhaps this will refresh your memory:

James Ujaama, former Seattle community activist, entrepreneur, author and webmaster of the anti-war website, has been indefinitely detained as “a potential witness in an ongoing grand jury probe of terrorism.” Arrested at his brother’s home in Denver on July 22, he has since been moved to Virginia for grand jury questioning. The politically outspoken Ujaama, heralded by city officials and in local press for his community development efforts, has not been charged with a crime. Reportedly under investigation are purported ties between Ujaama and an alleged terrorist recruiter in London, and unsubstantiated claims that Ujaama and his brother planned to use an Oregon ranch as a terrorist training camp.Ujaama’s family and many observers are concerned about his basic civil liberties. A editorial decries ‘the apparent assumption that if a case involves possible links to terrorism, normal procedures governing the rights of suspects can be put on hold or even tossed to the wind.’ Some corporate media coverage of the case has irresponsibly used headline shorthand and photo placement to associate Ujaama with accused terrorist plotters, and repeating of a supposed water-poisoning plot.

As a black man and a Muslim, Ujaama already bears two identities which have marked individuals for government suspicion or harassment. In addition, Ujaama is a black political activist who has made common cause with the victims of American military adventures in the Arab world, particularly in Iraq. Some activists worry that his arrest may indicate a new wave of government crackdown on black political dissidents.

By any measure, it is clear that the government’s war on dissent is widening. Denver journalist Ryan McMaken cites a recent headline reading, ‘Jailed man admits opposition to foreign policy.’ When opposition to US foreign policy is something which must be ‘admitted’ to—at least in the eyes of the mainstream media–the shadow of fascism has fallen over the face of democracy.

Well, as you may remember, the “community activist, entrepreneur, and author” pleaded guilty in 2003 to reduced charges of conspiring to provide cash, computers and fighters to the Taliban. The left became curiously silent in the case of one James Ujaama. Since then, Ujaama served two years in prison, and then fled the country on parole—he was recaptured in February.

Fortunately, by violating the conditions of his parole, Ujaama voided the original plea agreement, and prosecutors reinstated the original terrorism charges.

James Ujaama has now pleaded guilty to attempting to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon and stockpiling weapons and ammunition. He has also admitted to communications with a radical London cleric about his activities, and that he attempted to raise money for, and otherwise aid terrorists (presumably fighting our troops) in Afghanistan.

Ujaama now faces up to 30 years in federal prison.

I think its important to remember the left held up Ujaama’s case as evidence of the supposed excesses of the Patriot Act. If they had had their way, Ujaama would never have even been arrested. If the left gets their way, the government will will be stripped of the very tools they used to stop Ujaama.

And I think its equally important to remember how beholden Democrats are to these very same fringe nuts.

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