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Tuesday, 29 August 2006
Preemptive dhimmitude in Strathclyde?

It seems the famous "Beyond the Pale" has been located—in Scotland.  This, from the Daily Mail (h/t: Crusader):

The Catholic Church has condemned the cautioning of a Polish footballer for gestures which allegedly included blessing himself at an Old Firm match.

Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc was cautioned after complaints were made about his behaviour at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow in front of Ranger's fans.

Strathclyde Police investigated claims that Boruc, 26, angered a section of the home support after allegedly making the religious gesture at the start of the second half of the game on February 12.

Officers submitted a report to the Procurator Fiscal.

A Crown Office spokesman said: "The procurator fiscal has issued an alternative to prosecution in this case.

"On this occasion, the actions included a combination of behaviour before a crowd in the charged atmosphere of an Old Firm match which provoked alarm and crowd trouble and as such constituted a breach of the peace.

"This quite properly resulted in the matter being reported to the procurator fiscal for consideration. Having looked at the full circumstances in this instance the public interest has been best served by the decision to resolve the matter with an alternative to prosecution."

But yesterday the Catholic Church said the Procurator Fiscal's reaction was "alarming".

Church spokesman Peter Kearney said: "It is extremely regrettable that Scotland seems to have made itself one of the few countries in the world where this simply religious gesture is considered an offence."

Nationalist leader Alex Salmond said he would be "demanding an explanation" for the Procurator Fiscal's decision.

He said: "It is ludicrous. If they had taken this to court then it would have been laughed out."

Multi-culturalist pomposity at its reeking finest, no?
Posted on 08/29/2006 6:29 AM by Robert Bove
29 Aug 2006
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Cisoux is quite right. This has nothing whatsoever to do with multiculturalism, still less with dhimmitude.

It doesn't completely surprise me that an American thinks it has, though - we're getting a bit used to that.

29 Aug 2006
It's ridiculous, but it does not raelly have anything to do with multi-culturalism. Glasgow has a major cancer of Catholic-Protestant sectarianism umbillically linked to Ulster. This emerges in the Rangers-Celtic rivalry. Singing songs about killing the other ring around the terraces. There is a different and specific dynamic at play here, specific to Glasgow and its history of communal tension.