You will have seen or heard about PMQs with Theresa May’s attack on Corbyn and his mishandling of his party’s antisemitism crisis, and his reflexive counter-attack on the Tories’ you-know-whatophobia.
I’ve just been notified of a programme about male circumcision “A Cut Too Far?” scheduled for 22:35 tonight in the Question Time slot. (Bated breath.)
By pure coincidence, I also came across a half-hour debate in Westminster Hall about religious slaughter.
Animal welfare concerns about religious slaughter were expressed by (as it happens) my own local MP George Eustice. Concerns about religious slaughter (and some dodgy practices going on in Halal abattoirs) threaten to undermine the religious freedom currently enjoyed by observant Jews.
Coincidentally, I’d just written about a related topic in a comment on the open thread.
I understand that Shechita (Kosher) and Halal slaughter have certain principles in common - that the animal must be slaughtered ‘uninjured’ (this precludes stunning the animal before its throat is cut) but that the Jewish and Islamic requirements are not identical.
This may be a question of my own personal bias, but I have read several accounts of Halal abattoirs where animal welfare is the last of their concerns. As far as I know, Jewish slaughter is considered to be as clinical and humane as non-Jewish slaughter; that stunning is not always effective and that Shechita doesn’t require prayer as part of the procedure.
As I have said before, the Muslims are always ‘spoiling things’ for the Jews. Their demands and prohibitions have antagonised others and Jews are caught up in the flak - collateral damage if you like.
It seems inevitable that eventually, Britain will have exchanged its Jews for Muslims.
Essay By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez
“I walked down the street in Barcelona , and suddenly discovered a terrible truth - Europe died in Auschwitz ... We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.This is a controversial topic. You may disagree. Feel free.