Monday, July 07, 2008

Public Enemy #1

Actually, "Rebel" the puppy is not public enemy #1. He's the newest recruit at a local police department in Scotland, and the department is using him to promote a new contact number for non-emergencies.

Public reaction to Rebel has been hugely positive. But a Muslim faction said it was offended by the use of the puppy. Muslims believe dogs are "ritually unclean," whatever that means.

The police chief apologized for not checking with the diversity officer and for giving offense.

No, no, no. Muslims living in Scotland live in a Western culture that reveres dogs, especially cute, fuzzy puppies. Nobody has to apologize for anything. Why is the police chief being so wimpy about it? Is that how pervasive political correctness is in Scotland?

The police just can't win, at least in the media. I suppose the media are blasting the police department, but I can't imagine the public shares that opinion.

If Muslim store owners don't want to post the flyer, so be it. But I hope Rebel, a trained police dog who happens to be very photogenic, becomes a major celebrity.

I realize that it's a silly little sideshow. What worries me is the accommodation of a cranky minority opinion that demands place of primacy over majority opinion in what is supposed to be a free and democratic society.

1 comment:

OmaSteak said...

Islam is a violent and dangerous cult and its followers are using the liberal, PC, secular humanist culture to advance their own agenda...eventural religious and political dominance supported by the massive flow of oil dollars into the heart of the cult.