October 10, 2007, - 11:16 am
By Debbie Schlussel
One of the symptoms of growing Islamic presence and, therefore, extremism and violence, in Great Britain is the increasing attacks on those who openly display their religious affiliations. We saw it in France, where a Jewish woman was forced by Muslims to swallow her Jewish Star necklace and others wearing yarmulkes are violently attacked. Now we’re seeing it in Great Britain in attacks on Christians.
Reader Aunty Dhimmi sends this from The Church Report:
Clergy in Britain are being advised to take off their clerical collars when off duty to lower the risk of attack. National Churchwatch said clergymen are attacked more often than other professionals, the group’s Nick Tolson said.
Five clergymen were murdered In the past 10 years and a 2001 academic study found that 12 percent of clergy suffered some form of violence. In a survey of 90 London clergy Tolson carried out last year, nearly half said they were attacked in the previous year. One vicar from Willesden, northwest London, said his vicarage was machine-gunned, BBC News online reported Monday.
“The argument against it is it’s their witness in the community – their way of saying, ‘hello, I’m the vicar’. That’s fine when you’re being the vicar. … When they are on their own, and when they are off duty … there is no need for them to wear their dog collars. All that does is to attract people who see the dog collars, and if they are motivated towards violence, it puts them [clergy] in a very difficult situation.”
Um, they’re not dogs. They don’t wear “dog” collars. These are proud displays of religion. And now, they’ve become marks like the Yellow Stars.
While we constantly hear the Islamist myth that Islamic women with headscarves are the ones who are treated poorly, the real story is that if you openly display you are a Christian or a Jew in a Muslim area of the west (like Birmingham, England or Dearbornistan, USA), then you really experience the full arena of discrimination and violence.
For those who believe this is just a European phenomenon, dream on. In summer 2002, Muslims from the wealthy Issa family of Ann Arbor attacked Jewish University of Michigan student Danny Aghion (whose family escaped Egypt to get away from similar treatment there) because he was wearing a yarmulke. He was on foot, while they chased him in their car and threw glass bottles at him. In 2003, Muslims suckerpunched University of Michigan student Ricky Dorfman because he was wearing a pro-Israel T-shirt at a bowling alley. In the same year, a student at an Ann Arbor bar was beaten by Muslims because he was wearing a ring bearing the Star of David. He had broken ribs and had to get facial reconstructive surgery.
Because of these and other things, I routinely hide my Hebrew jewelry or remove it when I go out in public. You never know what will happen to you when the Muslim illegal alien clerk (whom Brian “Abu Moskowitz” won’t arrest) will do to you when you are next in line at the gas station (and I try to patronize Christian Arab-owned gas stations).
So, to those who think about what’s happening in Britain: Coming to America?, I say, Nope. It’s ALREADY here.
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