Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Muslims call for special bank holidays | the Daily Mail

Right dead-center in the middle of this article is a very interesting little tidbit. And please keep in mind that these are the so-called "moderate Muslims"

Muslim leaders summoned to talks with the Government on tackling extremism in their midst called for public holidays to mark their religious festivals.

The Whitehall meeting was set up in response to last week's airline bomb plot discovery.

Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly had prepared an uncompromising message on the need to tackle dangerous radicalism.

But, in what she admitted were 'sharp' exchanges, some senior Muslim figures turned the tables yesterday and made a series of demands which also included the introduction of Sharia law for family matters.

Dr Syed Aziz Pasha, secretary general of the Union of Muslim Organisations of the UK and Ireland, said: 'We told her if you give us religious rights, we will be in a better position to convince young people that they are being treated equally along with other citizens.'

Dr Pasha said Miss Kelly had agreed to look at the proposals, though her spokesman insisted later that she did not favour any legal change which would give 'special treatment' for the Muslim community.

Some of the 30 moderate Muslim leaders at the meeting told Miss Kelly that important days in their two main religious festivals - Ramadan and Eid-ul-Adha - should be made public holidays for followers of the faith.

Sharia law, which is practised in large parts of the Middle East, should also be introduced in Britain, they argued. While it specifies stonings and amputations as routine punishments for crimes, Dr Pasha said he wanted it only for family affairs.

There you have it in black and white. This is the ultimate aim of even the "moderate" Muslims. The Queens law will be relegated to the back of the stage and Sharia will be imposed front and center.

There is no mid-point where you can meet Islam for a meeting of the minds. To them a mid-way point is simply a place to pause while they begin the next route to their objective: the full dominance of Sharia law.

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