The Met’s latest dilemma is a female Muslim police officer refusing to shake hands with their very own head honcho.
The reason for this refusal? Faith. (She clearly hadn’t read this little gem before meeting him.)
The unnamed officer was granted the exemption at a passing-out ceremony where new recruits met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair.
Her refusal was based on her view that her faith prevented her touching a man other than her husband or a close relative. The call of duty, according to Sheikh Ibraham Mogra from the MCB and the recruit herself, is one where social courtesies give way to professional ones.
“If she has to resuscitate a dying person, Muslim law will then change and allow her all sorts of physical contact because a life is at risk and life is so precious. Muslim law isn’t set in concrete, after all”.
This is the third in a series of Muslim-related incidents for the Met, the former being an officer who refused to serve outside the Israeli embassy, the latter being a rather embarrassing report detailing how Muslim officers are more ‘culturally-inclined’ towards corruption in comparison to their white counterparts.
I’m of the opinion that Scotland Yard have more pressing matters to attend to such as the recently-introduced ‘quota’ system for recruits. Textual evidence reveals that nearly all the 7000 recruits requested for London’s targets will have to be from ethnic/sexual minorities.
Since recruitment is slow, and violent crime is on the rise, I’d like to know why the police have chosen to discourage white, straight males from applying when crime-prevention is supposed to be their number one priority?
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