Holy shit! Councillors told not to eat during Ramadan meetings

Holy shit! Councillors told not to eat during Ramadan meetings August 28, 2008

IN a revolting display of dhimmitude, Tower Hamlets Council in East London have told non-Muslim councillors that they must not eat or drink in committee meetings while Muslims are fasting during Ramadan.
According to the Telegraph today, all members of the council , where 36 percent of the population is Muslim, were sent an email asking them to abide by the restrictions observed by strict Muslims during the “holy” month.

They have also been told that the town hall’s business agenda will be reduced throughout Ramadan to accommodate Muslims, with only seven committee meetings scheduled and special prayer breaks included in the evening events.
Tower Hamlets Council has previously insisted that staff call their Christmas meal the “festive lunch”, replaced Bonfire Night celebrations with a show based on a Bengali folk tale and taken hot cross buns off school menus.
Some councillors on the Labour-run authority claim it is favouring one religious group over the others.
Cllr Stephanie Eaton, leader of the Lib Dem group, said she would be ignoring the new Ramadan regime and added:
Lib-Dem Cllr Stephanie Eaton intends defying the Ramadan decree
Lib-Dem Cllr Stephanie Eaton intends defying the Ramadan decree

I was rather disconcerted to see that the arrangements put in place for Ramadan, which we support for Muslim colleagues, have been imposed upon all councillors. We object to the request that non-Muslim councillors observe the fasting rules for Ramadan. This sends out the wrong message to our community.
Our community consists of a huge number of different religions, all of which should be valued.

To accommodate its Muslim councillors, Tower Hamlets has decreed that there will be only seven committee meetings during the month, and tea, coffee, sandwiches and special Muslim snacks called Iftar packs will be on offer in a separate room to the meeting chamber.
But councillors have been told not to start eating until after sunset, both out of courtesy to Muslims and to ensure some of the food is left for them.
In the letter to members, John Williams, the council’s head of democratic services, said:

It is requested that members do not partake of any refreshments until after the Iftar refreshments are served.

A spokesman for the council said:

All that’s being asked for is courtesy to be shown to the sensitivities around some councillors eating during council meetings whilst others in the room are fasting.
Non-Muslim councillors have simply been asked to ensure that there is Iftar food available for Muslim councillors, because in previous years, Muslim councillors wanting to break their fast following prayers had found that the Iftar packs had been eaten.

What a bloody cheek! The council is a SECULAR organisation, and if some councillors want to starve themselves because their primitive, silly superstitions decree that they do, that’s their choice. Leave the rest out of it, you spineless appeasement merchants! And if they want damn Iftar packs, let them let them bring their own.

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