Sounds more like the fault of the schools rather than the MCB in this case; anyway children who have yet to reach the age of puberty are excused fasting, moreover the example of accidently swallowing water as cited in the above article is covered under Sawm, anything accidently ingested is forgiven as long as the person either fastidiously sticks to the fast for the remainder of the day, or, more often in the case of smoking or eating, adds a penalty day to the period of fasting.
The article says the MCB advises that Muslim pupils should not be disadvantaged in school activities, the actions of the schools in this case seem to be contradicting the advice of the MCB in my eyes. Hypersensitivity and ignorance strikes again.
This is clearly the fuckin idiots on the council and nothing to do with Muslims. Even when fasting water may be used to wet the mouth but should not normally be swallowed. There are also times when drinking is allowed. Blame the Pink wet liberals and not the Muslims!
Same old shit, clueless council worthies putting themselves into the minds of others and deciding if they would be outraged if it were them and taking **** all notice of what the people actually think.
I live and work in the UAE, a moslem country. They have Christmas trees and Santa Claus with carols sung at Christmas, because they know we westerners do that. The shops are also full of Christmas decorations and stuff at Christmas. Midnight mass is celebrated at the local churches (Jesus is seen as a prophet in Islam and they have no problem with Christmas)
Non-Muslims can buy alcohol and pork at specially licenced shops albeit the opening hours are a little more restricted during Ramadan and the licencing hours of the licenced restaurants are more restricted during that period also.
At the Remembrance Sunday service in the local CofE church last November the Minister for Further Education and Science (educated in Somerset) donated £1m to the refurbishment of the Christian churches on behalf of Sheikh Khalifa the ruler of the UAE.
During Ramadan when Moslems cannot eat or drink between certain hours they dont ask that we do the same, but rather that we are discrete so as not to cause offence to those who are fasting. That is tolerance. Ramadan is a time for sacrifice for Moslems but here in a Moslem country they try not to affect too much the way we live, although there are naturally some restrictions as the predominant culture is the UAE culture.
The sort of rules being applied in Staffordshire are purely down to the council. The predominant culture that should prevail in our country should be the UK culture, that of our country, albeit whilst tipping a hat the Moslem habits as they do here with us.
The local people in Staffordshire should do what they do best and vote these idiots out at the next election for being cocks.
As ever this confirms that local authorities have lost touch with reality. We even had one councillor make a demand for the names of all soldiers who had been deployed on TELIC, on the grounds that the authority (he) did not support the war.
The embarrassing bit is that certain members of command (outside the Regiment) even entertained the idea, until they were to Foxtrot Oscar. However this did help to push forward our request for freedom of the local town, giving the saner members to put forward a motion of support for local troops but not the war !!!!!!!