Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Open Up And Say "Huh?"

The Times of London reports some British Muslim medical students “are refusing to attend lectures or answer exam questions on alcohol-related or sexually transmitted diseases because they claim it offends their religious beliefs.”

There are even reports that a small number of Muslim med students won’t examine members of the opposite sex. To be fair, the article doesn’t state how many prospective doctors have raised this issue (it can’t be many), and it doesn’t appear that medical authorities are going to allow them to be doctors. But here’s another little item further down in the article:

“..[UK grocer] Sainsbury’s is permitting Muslim checkout operators to refuse to handle customers’ alcohol purchases on religious grounds.”

Huh? As a society, we’re getting too sensitive about sensibilities. We’re too concerned someone might be offended. What’s next? Will a willing army enlistee refuse to use a gun? Will a stripper demand that she not perform lap dances? If you don’t want to do part of a job, for whatever the reason, don’t take that job.



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