06 December 2006

Don't Be Told What You Want, Don't Be Told What You Need

God save the queen
We mean it man
We love our queen
God saves

Europe is chiseled away a little bit every single day:
(T)his year, a veiled Muslim woman has been invited to deliver Channel Four's Alternative Christmas message. Her appearance on the channel's alternative to the Queen's own broadcast at 3pm on Christmas Day, which has been running since 1993, comes after a year in which there have been a series of controversies over women wearing the veil.

A spokesman for Channel Four said: "The right to wear religious symbols from niqabs to crucifixes, remarks made by the Pope about Islam and the publication of Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed have all generated a debate about multiculturalism, secularism and integration, a debate in which British Muslims have played a key role and one that will shape the future of British society. "Therefore, we believed it was fitting this year the message should be given by a British Muslim woman."
I don't know what the queen says during her traditional Christmas message. It's probably some mix of the State of the Union Address and pulling the groundhog out on February 2nd. Whichever way it spins, I can't imagine what is so dradful, insulting or unfair about the whole affair that requires Islamic rebuttal.

I wonder what the chances are of ANYONE, regardless of religion, nationality or beer perference, giving the rebuttal to the remarks of an Islamic monarch on their government-run television.

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