Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Theological Implications of Sewage


Crusader toilets built by the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, in the Castle of Saint Peter at Helicarnassus, Asia Minor (now Bodrum, Turkey)



Perhaps you thought that the bottom had been scraped when we learned of the successes by Muslims in the UK to ban Piglet, and other imaginary pigs from school libraries.

Others may have thought they had fallen unwittingly into a Monte Python script when reading about prison guards being ordered by Chief Inspector of Prisons Anne Owers to take down lapel pins depicting the English national flag (the cross of St. George) because they were offensive to Muslim prisoners.

No, much as current events resemble a Monte Python skit we are just being made aware of how public policy makers have become willing Dhimmis in jolly old England. Now, via that font of all arcane knowledge, Kathy Shaidle, we learn of this newest twist on things Brittanic.
Bristol: An Asian housing association in Britain has built a block of flats especially designed not to offend Muslims - the toilets do not face Makkah.

The 16 flats in the St Paul's area here have been built by Bristol-based Aashyana Housing Association, an Asian-led organisation. The toilets in the apartments have been built in such a way that they do not face southeast.

Farooq Siddique, from the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society, said he welcomed developments that took into consideration the cultural diversity of tenants.

He said: "I think it is a good thing that the flats are designed in this way. We do live in a multi-cultural society and rather than just paying lip service to that, it is important that there are policies in place that address it.

"Having toilets facing the right way is an issue that comes up, as Muslims do not like using them if they are facing in that direction."
At first, dear reader, I was uncertain what to think. Accordingly, I consulted a very learned colleague of mine who could not understand all the emphasis being placed on certain points of the compass. As he astutely noted, "The thrust of the whole business seems to be downward."

Having regained some perspective on the matter because of his wise counsel I began to reflect on the consequences of the initiative. I realized I was not sufficiently knowledgeable about Islamic theology to fully understand the need for toilets to face away from Mecca. I could therefore neither endorse or rebut the plan.

But I did realize, in a sudden flush of insight, that as a result of Kathy Shaidle linking to this piece, Canadian home builders of all religious persuasions all over this country were beginning to reorient construction plans to make sure toilets in all new Canadian homes pointed directly towards ........... Toronto.

6 Comments:

At 12:33 pm, October 19, 2005 , Blogger Alan said...

In a sense, all of our toilets are pointed directly at China.

 
At 9:41 pm, October 19, 2005 , Blogger John the Mad said...

This gives me little comfort. That means Chinese toilets are pointed at us, and there are far more Chinese than North Americans.

 
At 11:10 pm, October 20, 2005 , Blogger bob said...

I thought all Canadian toilets were pointed at Detroit.

 
At 12:28 am, October 21, 2005 , Blogger John the Mad said...

It is becoming clear to me that we are going to need a Geneva convention to sort this one out. Who knew?

 
At 5:42 pm, October 24, 2005 , Blogger Hifzmaster said...

interesting to see u boys needs some educating.pigs are not allowed in islaam, and we dont play with them like you do.
The cross is a symbol that represents all that is evil and wicked in christianity, hence the crusades. we know, the christians slaughtered 5million muslims in europe, and thier symbol was the cross.

 
At 8:15 pm, October 24, 2005 , Blogger John the Mad said...

hifzmaster:

Sorry old boy, but we Christians don't play with pigs, we eat them. Delicious too.

As for the crusades, it was a defensive campaign aimed at stemming the brutal advance of Muslim armies, which had been attacking and occupying Christian civilization for over 400 years.

We stopped the advance of Islam at Poitiers and at the gates of Vienna, where the Christian army vanquished a much larger Muslim force. Oh yes, and booted their arses out of Spain, while we were at it.

We didn't slaughter 5 million Muslims in Europe. There weren't that many that invaded our lands. A little actual history might be helpful for you and assist you in attenuating your ovious anti-Christian bigotry. God bless.

 

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