Wednesday, July 02, 2008

More PC than Britain? Apparently, It Is Possible...

Just when one thought that the British were on the fast-track toward being crowned the most politically-correct people in the world, along comes Sweden to give the UK a serious run for its money:

An eight-year-old boy has sparked an unlikely outcry in Sweden after failing to invite two of his classmates to his birthday party.

The boy's school says he has violated the children's rights and has complained to the Swedish Parliament.

The school, in Lund, southern Sweden, argues that if invitations are handed out on school premises then it must ensure there is no discrimination.

The boy's father has lodged a complaint with the parliamentary ombudsman.

He says the two children were left out because one did not invite his son to his own party and he had fallen out with the other one.

The boy handed out his birthday invitations during class-time and when the teacher spotted that two children had not received one the invitations were confiscated.

"My son has taken it pretty hard," the boy's father told the newspaper Sydsvenskan.

"No one has the right to confiscate someone's property in this way, it's like taking someone's post," he added.

A verdict on the matter is likely to be reached in September, in time for the next school year.

This is another one of those news stories one reads and immediately suspects is satire. It couldn't be true; not in any sane version of reality. But apparently, it is.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Officials at a school in Sweden have confiscated birthday invitations handed out in class by an eight-year-old boy.

The reason: they see it as a matter of discrimination.

A Swedish newspaper says the school in Lund, southern Sweden, seized the invitations because the boy failed to invite two boys because they were not his friends.

The newspaper Sydsvenskan quotes officials as saying they had a duty to prevent discrimination.

Some will argue that this is silly, but, in fact, it is merely political correctness and radical egalitarianism taken to their logical conclusion by government bureaucrats (who can always be trusted to take anything straight into absurdity).

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Then They Came for the Puppies...

In the farcical land still, nostalgically, called the British Isles, the world continues to function upside down.

A postcard featuring a cute puppy sitting in a policeman's hat advertising a Scottish police force's new telephone number has sparked outrage from Muslims.

Tayside Police's new non-emergency phone number has prompted complaints from members of the Islamic community.

The choice of image on the Tayside Police cards - a black dog sitting in a police officer's hat - has now been raised with Chief Constable John Vine.

he advert has upset Muslims because dogs are considered ritually unclean and has sparked such anger that some shopkeepers in Dundee have refused to display the advert.

Dundee councillor Mohammed Asif said: 'My concern was that it's not welcomed by all communities, with the dog on the cards.

'It was probably a waste of resources going to these communities.

'They (the police) should have understood. Since then, the police have explained that it was an oversight on their part, and that if they'd seen it was going to cause upset they wouldn't have done it.'

Councillor Asif, who is a member of the Tayside Joint Police Board, said that the force had a diversity adviser and was generally very aware of such issues.

He raised the matter with Mr Vine at a meeting of the board.

So the same Muslims who throw hissy fits at cartoons and murder filmmakers, now want to chase a puppy off police advertisements. The proper response, from Chief Vine on down, should be: "Sod off! This is Britain. Dogs are part of British culture. We like them. You chose to immigrate. Get used to it or leave."

But, of course, Chief Constable Vine will not say that, or anything like it. Nor will any British government official say a word to defend British culture (or Britons themselves) from Muslim childishness and aggression.

A spokesman for Tayside Police said: 'Trainee police dog Rebel has proved extremely popular with children and adults since being introduced to the public, aged six weeks old, as Tayside Police's newest canine recruit.

'His incredible world-wide popularity - he has attracted record visitor numbers to our website - led us to believe Rebel could play a starring role in the promotion of our non-emergency number.

'We did not seek advice from the force's diversity adviser prior to publishing and distributing the postcards. That was an oversight and we apologise for any offence caused.'

Ah, yes. The police should have to apologize for the "offense" of putting a puppy in a general advertisement. In Scotland. That's the meaning of multiculturalism.