I WAS upset to read the report regarding a transsexual driving instructor being left devastated after a Muslim customer in Sheffield threatened legal action (“Gender row upset” Examiner, May 22).
Transsexuals are legally recognised in the UK, so what right has this Muslim to challenge the law? Would you see a Catholic or an Anglican kicking up such a fuss? In fact the man who is complaining is in breach of discrimination laws.
I then read the report regarding the new Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Karam Hussain, and his consort, who is his daughter-in-law.
The report says that the outgoing consort did not attend the Mayor-making ceremony, as he did not want to play a part in a break with the tradition that the outgoing consort place the chain around the new consort.
Clr Hussain had said that no man could touch his daughter-in-law, adding that although the outgoing consort could put the chain on his daughter-in-law he couldn’t kiss her because she wouldn’t accept that.
The same report described how the outgoing Mayor, Clr Jean Calvert had attended a community cohesion event with lots of sheikhs and clerics and how she wore a head scarf and respected the culture by not shaking hands.
She described how the organisers sat her at a table on her own and ignored her.
I thought community cohesion was about building bridges between communities – or is it their way or no way?
Are we in an Islamic state or a Western country that respects everyone for what they are?
Are we all equal and free to speak? It is quite simple – if you do not like our traditions or how people choose to live their lives, please leave at the nearest exit.
Why should their bigoted behaviour be tolerated in this once great country? It works both ways – after all it states in the Koran that a Muslim should respect the laws of a non Muslim land.