Wednesday, September 24, 2008

UK: Family barred from Saturday burial - they weren't Muslim.

Get this.

The council will allow Muslims to bury their dead on Saturday, but everybody else has to wait for a Monday-Friday slot. Just one more instance of special accommodation for the Muslim interlopers.

Harold 'Charlie' Lemaire died last week aged 75 from pneumonia. His stepdaughter, Jean Maltby, wanted the funeral to be held this Saturday so family who live outside the city could attend. The retired steel worker's stepson Stephen lives in Dorset while other members of his family live as far away as the Isle of Man. But when her funeral director called Sheffield's City Road Cemetery to arrange a memorial service followed by burial, he was told the funeral would not be allowed on a Saturday because the family was not Muslim. The city's council confirmed it does not offer funerals at the weekend except to Muslims, in line with the rules of the Islamic faith that the dead must be buried as soon as possible.
Even the local Islamic leader realizes what a pr disaster this is for the Muzloons.

Their views were echoed by Abdool Gooljar, president of the Sheffield branch of the Society of Islam, who said the council should try to meet the needs of every resident of the city. The last thing we want to do is cause more upset at the time of bereavement, and I would urge a re-think so everybody has the right to bury their dead when they want,' he said. "I, firstly as a Muslim and secondly as a citizen, do not want preferential treatment. We are living in a multi-faith, multi-cultural society and we should endeavour to meet the needs of every citizen in this city."
But the council has spoken and the policy is being upheld.

But Martin Green, senior bereavement services manager for Sheffield, insisted the council's policy was in line with that of others around Britain. 'The council recognised the specific cultural and religious needs surrounding burial and has been offering an extended burial service to the Muslim community,' he said. This degree of flexibility is in line with services offered by major cities throughout the UK. The service was reviewed and agreed last year in consultation with representatives of other religious communities, a cross-section of elected members, and local funeral directors."

It's dhimmitude, from cradle to toilet to grave, possums.