This is an example of what people find absurd about the BBC’s bend-over-backwards policy of not offending the Muslims.
If capitulating to absurdity is allegedly ‘in the name of social cohesion’, who needs social cohesion?
It’s not just absurd that an English hospital would feel the need to keep a uniformed member of the British armed forces - an RAF sergeant to be precise - out of sight in case his presence offended a member of the public. No, the manner in which the BBC perpetuated the exact same absurdity by concealing the hospital staff’s explanation for this nonsense piles absurdity upon absurdity.
The bit they left out was equally absurd, misleading and even more offensive.
Why would the hospital think a man wearing an armed forces uniform might upset the public?
Well, could it be that they associate uniforms with some kind of emergency and might be alarmed? Well, not unless the soldier was standing on guard, perhaps with a big gun, like when they stand around airports at times when there’s a severe threat. No. it couldn’t be that.
Could it be something to do with this altercation that allegedly occurred recently between a uniformed person and a member of the public? Say, a drunken soldier had started a fight and frightened the life out of the outpatients department for evermore?
No. That doesn’t seem likely. either.
Even though it was couched in the best PC language the hospital’s misguided actions were clearly because of an understandable fear of (known) behaviour of angry Muslims.
It’s absurd that some Muslims have managed to elevate into the mainstream their outlandish claim that our ‘foreign policy’ is to blame for their ire against this country. But they have managed it, evidently with the cooperation of the media.
So much so that any unsuspecting Islamophobe who has the temerity to question this bizarre theory is shamed into contrition by the absurdly illogical explanation that we’re hated because we're ‘killing the Muslims’.
This means that a band of loonies can continue burning poppies for years and years with impunity, or that a couple of savages can think they’re entitled to kill and hack at the neck of an off duty soldier in broad daylight.
When the BBC reported the hospital’s shameful treatment of Mark Prendeville they didn’t mention Muslims. Nor did they quote hospital staff saying “they didn’t want to upset people” or they “have lots of different cultures coming in”.”
The BBC chose to leave us guessing.
Concealing the soldier from the eyes of the public because that public might contain “other cultures’ is an absurdity.
Concealing from the audience that this was the real reason for this absurdity is outrageous.