Saturday, June 25 2016

Another day, another Muslim-bashing story in the tabloids

 A shopping centre in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has installed new 'squat' toilets for customers after bosses reportedly went on a cultural diversity training course.

Two of Rochdale's Exchange shopping centre's fourteen toilets have been converted into nile pans.

Manchester Evening News reports:

'Community activist Ghulam Rasul Shahzad said managers decided to offer the toilets after attending one of his training courses.

'The retired Rochdale council training officer, who has an OBE for community work, took centre manager Lorenzo O’Reilly and his team on a tour of the town’s central mosque, including a look at its toilets.

‘He said: "The management at the centre were very committed to improving the service they offered to the community and were very responsive.

‘"We always work together to understand each other from both sides and find a balance.

‘"That is the beauty of Rochdale. That is why I am proud to be a Rochdalian."’

What is essentially a local issue, involving merely two toilets, has been used by the national media to once again incite anti-Muslim prejudice and toe the ‘special treatment of minorities’ narrative.

The Daily Star's article titled 'Muslim public loo fury' reported 'Fury has erupted after a shopping centre became the first in Britain to introduce Muslim-only toilets.'

The Daily Express' article on the matter is headlined 'Shopping centre plans squat loos designed for Muslims.' The paper reports: 'They are being installed for Muslim customers.’

The Sun, Daily Mail and Sky news focused on the 'Asian' community, making little or no mention of Muslims throughout their report.

Disappointingly, the BBC once again picked up on a non-story, utilised by the right-wing press to foment fear about the ‘Islamification’ of Britain.

Nile pans are used all around the world - in France, Italy and Greece among other countries. But as usual, some sections of the media could not pass up the opportunity of taking yet another swipe at Muslims.


0 #1 A short history lessonLibertyPhile 2010-07-15 17:38
Put aside for the moment the headlines and consider the facts (as reported/reproduced by you).

A council official has converted two public toilets to match those he saw at a local mosque.

This type of toilet is not at all popular with British people and hasn’t been found in this country for decades, possibly 50 years or more (I can’t remember them).

So, the council official, in order to cater for what he believes Muslims want, and indeed use as he saw at the mosque, has created two toilets that native British people will be very reluctant to use except in an emergency. He has decreased, as far as a native British people are concerned, the supply of toilets by two, and incurred an unnecessary expense.

This doesn’t sound like a good idea and it has been brought about by pandering to what (some) Muslims do, and to that extent reflects poorly on Muslims.

Whether Muslims asked for these toilets or not is another matter. I’m inclined to think the council official (apparently called Lorenzo O’Reilly – which could be a clue) just did something very stupid, though we don’t know the influence of the Muslim man who took him around the mosque.

It is a mistake to think that these toilets are still found in France. (I spend a lot of time there, half my family being French.) They disappeared except for the very odd historical rarity, long ago. And, Brits back in the 50’s and 60’s on holiday in France when you could still find them thought they were a great joke and just proved how inferior the French were (at that time!!)

Their existence also had something to do with the standard of living, modern toilets apart from being more comfortable, etc., are more expensive, and, of course, there is the matter of style of dress (which might have something to do with this ancient (backward) style of toilet being found in a UK mosque!

There is a story there and it does concern Muslims (not very favourably).
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