Let's use the loaf in Ramadan row

by Joan Burnie

TWO Scottish NHS trusts have decided all their staff should be banned from eating at their desks during next month's Ramadan when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk.

They will also be removing the vending machines and lunch trollies from their hospitals during the 30-day period.

As far as I know, all female members of staff have not been ordered to wear the veil, yet...but give it time.

This kind of heavyhanded, bending over backwards, PC nonsense does not help anyone, not least Muslims.

Being told you mustn't munch a sandwich or drink a coffee for a month in case it gets up others' noses is bound to create irritation as well as resentment.

But, if NHS Lothian and Greater Glasgow must go ahead, how about a little consistency? No one is allowed to eat chocolate during Lent for Catholics and Anglicans who're temporarily giving it up, no ham at any time, lest it offends any Jews and, indeed, vegetarianism imposed on everyone because of the Bhuddists.

Nor will there be medical cover or food at all on the Sabbath, just in case there's a Wee Free around. And, naturally, there'll be no more blood transfusions ever because that would upset the Plymouth Brethren. Ridiculous. Yup.

No one should be prevented from practising religious observances or beliefs but neither should they be imposed on others.

Besides, surely the whole point of Ramadan is to test the ability to resist temptation - which means there has to be something to resist... even a colleague's packet of salt and vinegar crisps?

Spot on me Julie! Article from the Daily Record

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