However some Muslims, many Bangladeshi immigrants, are refusing "on religious grounds" as the gel contains alcohol.
A cursory look into the subject:
There is no objection, from the point of view of Shariah, in using alcohol as antiseptic or disinfectant of I wounds or surgical instruments.
Statement by Islamic scholars on the "The use of unlawful or juridically unclean substances in Food and Medicine"
When "religious beliefs" affect others in such a way as to effect their health, these superstitious beliefs should have no sway. I wish people would grow balls and challenge ethnic minorities, well, specifically Muslims, especially when the stakes are so high. They wasn't asked to even swap for soap and water - just allowed a free pass.
Update: Shot soldier contracts MRSA bug
A British soldier who was shot in Afghanistan contracted MRSA while he recovered at a Birmingham hospital.
It can be passed on by doctors and nurses if they do not wash their hands between seeing different patients. Dirty conditions in hospitals are also seen as an environment in which MRSA can thrive.
She works for the radical Minhaj ul Qur'an group from its UK base at a mosque in nearby Forest Gate - running a "sisters' group" for other female muslims, travelling the country making converts, and broadcasting on Asian local radio stations.
Minhaj ul Qur'an was established in Pakistan, but operates in 92 countries, and aims to convert the whole world in Islam.
In Pakistan the religious group has a political wing - the Pakistan People Movement - which boasts it is "actively working to establish an Islamic state in Pakistan" to ensure "muslims have an international voice and political power to relieve the ongoing oppression and subjugation of muslims around the world".
Contrary to her claims of being moderate, at an Islamic conference in Sheffield this year Atkinson told fellow muslims it was morally wrong to listen to any sort of music, or to watch soap operas. She urged the conference to stop watching any television at all.
Like I said, it's all so predictable isn't it?
She asserted the usual lies that Islam is a religion of peace. No aknowledgement that British Muslims have any responsibility WHATSOEVER. However, mainstream Britain needs to be more tolerant. Riiiight.
She was complaining about the media just focusing on the extremists, saying why can't they concentrate more on the moderates like her. Which for the first part I agree, however somebody who wears the niqab and thinks the war on the Taliban is wrong is not a moderate.
I myself need to get a train today to visit family, thank fuck it's not with Central trains!
Source: Microsoft Encarta Encylopedia 2007
No empirical or any evidence at all cited for this statement. No statistics? No survey of Islamic scholars? Why not?
This statement could be in itself extremely critical to world affairs. If this were true, then why isn’t Microsoft Encyclopaedia quoted to the Muslim community the world over? Tis obviously an authoritative source.
Are we to assume a fundamentalist of Sunni, or, Shia, Islam, empirically equivocates jihad with inner spiritual struggle?
I cant help but think, what a load of bollocks. If I were fundamentalist Sunni or Shia, I would reply, actually the greater jihad is to defend Islam. However, I cannot as I [insert worldly excuse here]
There's certainly room for debate. However, this stressing for spiritual jihad -- where is it? Here's a a great text on Jihad by Young Muslims, a Canadian Muslim group with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.
It seems the most prominent information on Jihad from Islamic sources on the internet is not spiritual in nature - but armed warfare.
Abdul Bari compares the British government to the government of Nazi germany, with respect to it's treatment to Muslim communities.
Yet after self-proclaimed Muslims slaughtered 52 innocent people in the capital of the UK - JEWS are 4 times more likely to be attacked than Muslims.
And where are these anti-Jewish attacks most prevalent? In the most Muslim areas of the country. Again no surprise here for the bloggers.
Words fail. If you want a trip into a fantasy land (a rather twisted one at that, read all of Mr Bari's insane and threatening diatribe linked to above).
This man claims to represent British Muslims. What an utter, utter fucking blinded hypocrite. In short, what a lying cunt.
I found that after seeing the article originally at the BBC, and found myself infuriated at the obssesive 'politically correct' morally relativist culture at the BBC.
Israel says that money, in particular from Iran, goes directly to the funding of "terrorist" operations against Israel.
In the beginning of the sentence the BBC have made it clear that "Israel says..." - so why do they need the "terrorist" quotes? What other kind of "operations" carried out by Hamas against Israel are there?
The contributors are intelligent yet down to earth beings, the kind you'd happily sit have a pint with. They see and spell out the hypocrisy of champagne socialism that prevails in the Guardianista circles.
These two blogs are a bit like brother and sister, with much overlap between the two. I think DSTFW was pretty much borne out of Harrys Place idealism. However, I noticed last night they have de-linked each other. Scandalous!
Not that anyone follows these two blogs quite as closely as I do, but it's not the first time they have fallen out. When Harrys Place took on new contributors there were wars of words between the two. I would love to know what kicked off this time. Mostly because I'm a really nosy bugger.
Update: Eric made a beer induced post on this here
Members of a Belgian lottery syndicate who thought they had won 27m euros were dealt a huge blow when they found their winning numbers had not been entered.
For weeks the group of 30 players had been using the same combination for the EuroMillions jackpot.
They were overjoyed when it matched the winning numbers in Friday's draw.
But the group of friends were crushed when it turned out the person charged with buying the ticket had allowed the machine to choose random numbers.
"We were all celebrating. Everyone was calling family and friends," says Mrs Farvacque.
In the morning Mrs Farvacque tracked down the person who had bought the ticket - the owner of a bookshop across the street - and found that she had failed to enter the correct combination.
Mrs Farvacque made clear her friendship with the bookshop owner would not survive the disappointment.
"Even in 20 years' time, my hair will stand up on end whenever I see her," she said.
You can only begin to imagine the frustration of all those in the syndicate! I wonder if a man would have made the same mistake?!
People entering the UK must be prepared to be tolerant or not become part of British society, Tony Blair has said.
In a speech at Downing Street, Mr Blair said that tolerance was "what makes Britain, Britain" and warned "we must be ready to defend this attitude".
The prime minister said: "So conform to it; or don't come here. We don't want the hate-mongers, whatever their race, religion or creed."
Despite fears of rising violence, three quarters of Afghans believe their quality of life has improved since the fall of the Taliban, according to a new poll.
Violence continues to play a prominent role in the daily lives of Afghans, with four in 10 reporting experiencing insurgent attacks, including bombings, arson, and killings, in their areas.
The poll, which comes on the fifth anniversary of the invasion of the country by coalition forces, found that confidence in the current security situation was deteriorating, with the number of Afghans saying security was better now than under the Taliban dropping to 58 per cent from 75 per cent last year.
However, overall there still seems to be broad backing for the coalition's action to depose the former regime.
Across the country 70 per cent say they are "grateful" rather than "unhappy" with the presence of Nato troops in the country.
Public places such as shops and tea houses in Bulo Burto, about 124 miles northeast of the capital, Mogadishu, should be closed during prayer time and no one should be on the streets, said Sheik Hussein Barre Rage, the chairman of the town's Islamic court.
Those who do not follow this edict "will definitely be beheaded according to Islamic law," Rage told The Associated Press by phone. "As Muslims, we should practice Islam fully, not in part, and that is what our religion enjoins us to do."
Gaza's perimeter fence is heavily fortified and continually patrolled
Israeli forces have shot and injured two Palestinians in separate incidents on the Gaza perimeter fence, according to the Israeli military.
The shootings are the first cracks in a local ceasefire that has been in place since last week.
So Israel has shot two innocent Palestinians in a ceasefire? Thats outrageous. However..
The men appeared to be attempting to lay an explosive charge and were driven off with warning shots.
However, they returned with a crowd of several dozen people and made a second attempt to place the explosives, a military spokesman said.
Ahh I see.
However a cursory look at the news will show the "first cracks" were there from the beginning - and it wasn't Israel.
Palestinian rocket hits Israel on 11th day of truce
It brought to 17 the total number of rockets fired into Israel since the November 26 truce between the army and militants in Gaza took hold
Oh and remember the "over 1,000 Lebenese are dead, mostly civilans" meme from the BBC, The Indepedent etc?
Israel has named 532 Hizbollah fighters killed, and estimates over 800 were killed.
Only now does the BBC actually use known verifiable and balanced facts:
More than 1,000 people were killed on both sides, according to UN, Israeli and Lebanese officials.
Lebanon said most of those who died were civilians. Israel said 800 Hezbollah fighters were killed, although that figure cannot be confirmed.
So why did they chose the Lebanon representation as the true one? Could be because of bias? I don't remember hearing the same "mostly civilians" meme over at Sky news.
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How noble! Freedom of expression! Here's my reply for what it's worth
With respect, please answer the questions. Most of the British public think it is far from "fitting". This brush off really is quite outrageous. Channel 4 did not publish the Mohammed Cartoons or Theo Van Gogh's Submission film. These have been far more prominent on the news and the "freedom of expression" agenda.
It's easy pickings to offend non-Muslims. If you really want to talk about freedom of speech you should be giving a voice to moderate muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq who are being slaughtered by religious fascists whilst walking to school, or those women in Iran who get beaten by religious authorities for demonstrating for equal rights.
Or perhaps all those British Muslims who have come out in opposition to the burqa and the niqab in Britian, and those normal Muslism who don’t go and pray in the mosque every week, and sometimes even, mix with strangers of the opposite sex.
Channel 4 seems to be consistently presenting the case for literalist and extremist Islam. When will Channel 4 embrace the real moderates? It seems Channel 4 is trying to be controversial. It has certainly achieved that, but it has consistently played the safe bet of offending non-Muslims only.
I await your answers with anticipation.
I have some questions for Channel 4's chief executive Andy Duncan
1. Why do Channel 4 go out of their way not to offend ethnic minorities, specifically the Muslim community, when Channel 4 is happy to offend large swathes of the british public - on the traditional Christian holy day of christmas - with a muslim women in a full Islamic veil?
2. Will Channel 4 be inviting beer swigging naked women to introduce Ramadan or the Eid festival next year? Or is it just open season on the british public?
3. As a non-muslim I find the veil offensive, so why aren't my views taken into account? Does political correctness only extend to minorities?
4. Why has Channel 4 never screened Submission by Theo Van Gogh? Why has Channel 4 never screened the satirical mohammed cartoons?
5. Can Channel 4 not see that is is fueling extremism, resentment and antagonism against Britiains Muslim community by deciding to air the voice of an Islamic extremist - I use the word extemist since only 1% of Britains muslim population wear the full face veil?
A hitherto unknown group calling itself the Just Swords of Islam issued a warning to Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip over the weekend that they must wear the hijab or face being targeted by the group's members.
In pamphlets distributed in various parts of the Gaza Strip, the group also claimed responsibility for attacks on 12 Internet cafes over the past few days.
The warning was directed primarily against female students in a number of universities and colleges who do not cover their heads in line with Islamic tradition.
The group said its followers last week threw acid at the face of a young woman who was dressed "immodestly" in the center of Gaza City. They also destroyed a car belonging to a young man who was playing his radio tape too loudly.
Addressing female students, the group said: "We will have no mercy on any woman who violates the traditions of Islam and who also hang out in Internet cafes."
Whats really scary is that they are physically in the 21st century ("those who hang out in Internet Cafes") and mentally in the 7th century AD. But perhaps even this behaviour would have been too cruel for Mohammed? Mohammed certainly did have quite a propensity for cruelty, though generally I believe women were spared (I say spared loosely, they would be made concubines or slaves), unless they were accused of committing adultery, whereup on their brains would be squished out by large rocks and bearded monsters screaming God is Great.