I wonder, if Old southern American plantation owners had moved in large numbers to the UK, would British police officers who were black have to chain themselves before going in to a Protestant church? Yes by the way, this is a fair analogy. The head coverings of Islamic women is not a choice. Many are murdered for refusing to wear it by their own families. The hijab, burka and so on are symbols of the loss of person-hood and acceptance of status as chattel. For UK police women to agree to wear this before entering a mosque is retrograde to say the least but suicidal would be more accurate. Then, you have the joke of ‘logical extreme’ as we see on Fred’s blog, Gay and right….
“How about if they just wear leather when engaging with the gay community???”
Will Jewish officers have to sew a yellow star on themselves when entering the domicile of ‘neonazis’? Or more accurately Muslims as that is where the idea actually started.
I have a novel thought. Why not stop making bombs and plotting the overthrow of the UK in mosques? Maybe stop planing rape of local women and so on from there and police wont have to go at all. I think that’s a much better solution than telling the police what they have to wear before they can enter a given place of crime. And since pretty much all mosques commit ‘hate crimes’ at every sermon according to UK speech and thought crimes laws, it might be a good idea to have a cop there un-scarved pretty much all the time anwyay.
Very PC police force issues its WPCs with Muslim headscarves complete with badge for mosque visits
By James Slack, Home Affairs Editor
Last updated at 9:27 PM on 27th July 2009
Women police officers are being issued with headscarves to wear when they visit a mosque. They are expected to put the scarfs on shortly before they enter the mosque, in keeping with Islamic custom.
There are two versions – one matches the black of a police officer’s uniform, while another goes with the blue uniforms worn by community support officers.
The headscarves are being given out by Avon and Somerset Police, and have the force’s emblem sewn on.
They have already been given to seven officers, including Assistant Chief Constable Jackie Roberts, and eight community support officers who work with Muslim groups in the area.
Mrs Roberts said: ‘It recognises and respects the cultural and religious practices of our communities. This is a very positive addition to the uniform and one which I’m sure will be a welcome item for many of our officers.’
The force said the scarves, which cost £13, can be used in other religious settings as a mark of respect – for instance to cover the shoulders of a non-uniformed officer in a church.
Islamic custom expects women to cover their head inside a place of worship. During an official visit last year, the Queen wore a headscarf to tour the crypt and caverns of an historic Islamic shrine in Turkey.
Rashad Azami, Imam and director of the Bath Islamic Society, said: ‘It is highly pleasing to see that Avon and Somerset Constabulary is introducing specially designed head coverings for female officers.
‘This will go a long way in encouraging a trustful relationship between the police and the Muslim community. The police have been working closely with the Muslim community for the last few years.
‘We hope this step will further strengthen the mutual relationship.’
Avon and Somerset Police caused a race row two years ago when it rejected 186 white job applicants at the first stage of selection. The force received 800 applications for 180 jobs and ‘deselected’ white males to increase ethnic diversity. Chief Constable Colin Port apologised.
This year, the fire service unveiled full-length skirts, hijab headscarves and long- sleeved shirts for Muslim women recruits to wear in fire stations and for events such as school trips.