It is true that tayside police are frighteningly useless as a force (and entirely as an aside, if any of tayside's finest are on here and wish to dispute that with me, feel free to explain why I saw six of you standing around whilst some blart was getting 7 bells of shiite knocked out of her last friday) but it is good to see the Al Maktoum lot giving a reasoned and well thought out retort. If the institute had a better platform in the community or even nationally, they would go some way to relieving tensions over stupid issues like this.
..and that's the problem. The job is more worried about offending anyone, regardless of who or what they are, than actualy catching criminals, regardless of who or what they are. Not helped by an army of interest groups, who for some reason the job actually listen to, who get all the air and papertime they need to get their views across. For example A load of youths get stabbed so the plod start searching loads of youth. Next thing you know some tw4t is bleating on about "demonising children" etc etc. I'd rather have my kid searched than stabbed.
Err, I think you'll find it mentioned that in the article:
However, a member of staff at the Al-Maktoum Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, a Dundee-based organisation which seeks to promote intelligent debate and understanding of Islam, disputed Mr Asif's claims that the image could be deemed offensive.
The staff member, who did not wish to be named, said: "In scripture, having a dog as a pet is considered forbidden, as they are considered unclean animals, and you must wash and clean after handling them.
"However, dogs can be used to hunt or farm, or even as guide dogs for the blind. I would not say a picture of a dog is offensive, but people have different sensibilities and different limits."