How much is that doggie in the hat?
More than the Tayside Police will want to pay, now that Muslims are offended.
From today’s Daily Mail:
Muslims outraged at police advert featuring cute puppy sitting in policeman’s hat
A postcard featuring a cute puppy sitting in a policeman’s hat advertising a Scottish police force’s new telephone number has sparked outrage from Muslims.
Tayside Police’s new non-emergency phone number has prompted complaints from members of the Islamic community.
The choice of image on the Tayside Police cards — a black dog sitting in a police officer’s hat — has now been raised with Chief Constable John Vine.
The advert has upset Muslims because dogs are considered ritually unclean and has sparked such anger that some shopkeepers in Dundee have refused to display the advert.
Dundee councillor Mohammed Asif said: ‘My concern was that it’s not welcomed by all communities, with the dog on the cards.
‘It was probably a waste of resources going to these communities.
‘They (the police) should have understood. Since then, the police have explained that it was an oversight on their part, and that if they’d seen it was going to cause upset they wouldn’t have done it.’
OK, we all know that Muslims consider dogs unclean. But is a photo of an unclean thing itself unclean?
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What if the offensive part of it were blurred out, like the private parts of naked people in TV videos? Would that mitigate the haram nature of the vile creature’s image?
Councillor Asif, who is a member of the Tayside Joint Police Board, said that the force had a diversity adviser and was generally very aware of such issues.
He raised the matter with Mr Vine at a meeting of the board.
The chief constable said he was unaware of the concerns and that the force had not sought to cause any upset but added he would look into the matter.
Oh-oh. Sounds like someone’s in big trouble now. Perhaps the head of the Police Community Relations Division, or whatever they call the people responsible for designing and printing things like this.
Councillor Asif said: ‘People who have shops just won’t put up the postcard. But the police have said to me that it was simply an oversight and they did not seek to offend or upset.’
The implication, now that they know that they have offended the skinless ones, is that the police in Tayside will never, ever do such a bad thing again. They have learned their lesson.
When I was living in the UK forty years ago, the last thing a copper or a noddy worried about was whether he’d managed to offend a member of the public. But times must have changed since then.
And here’s where today’s sensitive and inclusive police force made their fatal mistake:
‘We did not seek advice from the force’s diversity adviser prior to publishing and distributing the postcards. That was an oversight and we apologise for any offence caused.’
They failed to follow proper diversity procedures!
It’s time for some additional diversity training, and maybe stint in a re-education camp.
It’s time to get their minds right…
Hat tip: just about everybody.