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    "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety - Benjamin Franklin
    Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment - Benjamin Franklin


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  1. Lets hope so! If it means just one of them takes the time to re-evaluate their position a little, then my time has been worth it. Plus, I'm fed up with reading the ignorance and intolerance (not just on here, in general) and I'm no longer bothered about keeping the peace or upsetting contributors. I'm seeing so many parallels in current world and the conditions that lead to the rise of the Nazi party, but unlike Niemoller, I won't wait until there is nobody left to speak for me, I will speak out, I will stand up, even where it doesn't impact me directly.
  2. What do we know so far, we don't know who the terrorist was, or which country he is from (hell, there is some dispute over which continent) but it seems the papers know with some certainty what his religion he was and that he was in immigrant .... odd that, isn't it. Also, keep in mind that Turkey, whilst Secular, 97.8% of Turks identify as Muslim. So, "Muslim country attacked by lone Muslim terrorist" hardly invokes the same fear as "ISIS-Linked Muslim immigrant attacks Nightclub. Westerners Killed" does it? The fact you linked that in such a way shows the paper did it's job. When the IRA bombed the Arndale, was your first thought "what an amazing city, under Catholic Christian attack" ? No, because you understood that whilst one factor behind the troubles is Ireland was religion. the bigger picture is whole lot more complicated than "my religion is better than yours" and the that the IRA didn't represent the 1.2 billion Roman Catholic worldwide. You understood that vast majority of those Catholics were as repulsed at the IRA bombing campaign as everyone else. Don't don't me wrong ISIS are evil scumbags who should be eradicated, and Islam, like most other religions, have people at the extremes trying to use their religion to justify their own evil ends. But that doesn't make the other 99.9% complicit.
  3. It's worrying that you generally think that and repeat that. If enough people say it often enough, people start to believe it. Muslims are no different to people of any faith (on indeed atheists), there are nice one, there are dicks, there are comtemplative ones, there are argumentative ones, there are ones who would do anything for anyone and there are ones who are snakes. The type of person they are is not a function or their religion (technically it can be how well they follow the religion, but the same is true of Christianity). Take a step back, many of you identify as "non-practising Christians", now imagine if your only knowledge of Christianity was the paedophiles who run through the heart of the Catholic Church (which the vatican finally seems to want to address). Where is the line between thinking all Catholics turn a blind eye to peadophilia and all Mulims are ISIS sympasizers who want to invoke Sharia law? Seriously, reach out, speak to these people. Don't base your judgement of them on those at the extremes of their religion (that works on both sides).
  4. Meh, call me a racist then. I avoid Halal and Kosher meat on principal. We have perfectly good rules on animal treatment before death and I don't see why any religion should have an exemption for that, just like I don't believe religions should enjoy tax free status or the ability to run faith schools. ... but my belief is nothing to do with any kind of fear of a looming Islamic takeover, I'm a secular humanist that just generally thinks the world could be a fairer place if all religions played fair (and I acknowledge that most people who follow a religion generally do, it's the zealots at the extremist who are the problem). I could have sworn Swivel-Eyed Loom supported The Clash at KGH in 1984
  5. I didn't class the post as lunacy, I classed "obscene onions" as lunacy ... and I'll defend that still. I certainly didn't accuse you or the post of being racist, in fact I went to great lengths to explain I was doing neither, so think about what you're accusing me of. The second part of your statement is a monumental informal fallacy. The fact I chose to rear my head up into a thread with such vernment "alt-right" (to use an Americanism) posts going unanswered, when I was out gunned, out numbered and you'd have hoped out-smarted, just to put an alternative view, has resulted in a response like that, has given me hope. If that's the best you've got, your cause is lost. Hell, so far, the poster that's actually made my question my own views (see, I choose to do that with things I don't agree with, I find it more productive than being offended by them) is Mike ... and I'd always assumed (wrongly it seems) he was on my "wet liberal" side of the fence As for me being an admin. The second I use my position on the forum to further an argument, I've lost. I won't even moderate threads I'm involved with for fear of showing bias. If you think I have, please call me out for it. For many many years I used an alternative "sock puppet" account to post with, but I thought we were all grown up enough that you'd happier I was using my real, identifiable persona, not some anonymous virtual one.
  6. See, we are on common ground. Blackburn DOES have a changing demographic, there is no denying that and people not liking that is understandable. But the world is a changing place, you adapt to survive. Digging your heals in and shouting about it does nobody any good, you just have to keep moving and keep trying to make the world a better place. Certainly removing important freedoms (even if they are from others and you don't see how they'll impact you) is a massive step in the wrong direction and is in and of itself exactly the kind of oppression that people are worried about.
  7. I'm not sure if you didn't read my post, didn't understanding it or are simply trying to counter it by ignoring it (which I'll agree is a popular tactic in modern politics), but it is NOT inflicted on you, because you are free not to eat there, Would you prefer more choices that you did like? Obviously! Hell, I detest places that think it's OK to charge £20 for a fish finger butty if it's served on a plank with a side of kale, but I don't see their popularity as a personal affront to our national identities or to my own personal freedoms. What part of a minaret is obscene? The phallic shape? In which case are you equally offended by Ben Ben or Nelson's Column? It seems that "obscenes onions" are actually quite a rare occurrence on minarets in real life (shame, the world needs more obscene onions) but even if it's them, are you equally offended by them on Russian Christian Orthodox churches, where they are far more common. Or is it what may taking place inside that you find obscene? If so, I strongly advise you to take the time to find out, that's what I did and it's very similar to the Christian Churches. It's like watching a US remake of a UK TV show you know, the characters are all wrong, it doesn't quite make sense, but you realise the storyline and overall message is the same. Full black outfits? As worn Vicars and Nuns you mean? How can clothing offend? The notion that somebody may have been FORCED to wear certain clothing offends me (and we have laws to prevent that, which need far better enforcement), but the clothing itself? How would that even work? Muslims are quick to tell us what offends them? Citation needed on that one! How many Muslims have you spoken to recently that have told you what offends them. It's odd, one moment people seem to be screaming about the lack of integration and inability to speak English, but on the other they seem to have a constant open dialogue with the heart of the community. My personal experience is that I've been astounded (and both embarrassed and ashamed they felt it necessary) by the lengths Muslim friends, colleagues and acquaintances have gone to. to NOT bring up their discomfort at somes situation and their ability to quietly work around them. Abbey's post didn't offend me either, I thought the point he was trying to make was valid (bar focusing his ire on "obscene onions"), but what in by post could possible offend? It's a counterpoint, and alternative argument, a different view. Are you genuinely *offended* by every opinion that doesn't match your own? If so then it could go a long long way to explaining a lot of things. England is technically a CofE country, which is obviously a @#/?ised form of the Catholic faith, but even prior to that it was hodgepodge of Celtic and Catholic Christianity, which through some shrewd gamesmanship by Constantine, actually owed more to Rome's pagan history than the emerging Christian religion. Actually, England was very happily pagan before you Christians arrived, so now we've won the Brexit vote, if you'd all sod off back to your papal motherland and take your religion with you, that'd be great! This is Blackburn, Albion, not Rome, we are proud Brigantes! And finally, you're seriously challenging me to buy non-halal meat or Alcohol in Blackburn? I don't have time for an FOI request to find out how many alcohol licences BwD has, so just looking around Ewood on google maps, places I can see that see either/both Alcohol or non-Halal meat - Ewood, Blues, Wok Star, Ruchi Bangla, Fernhurst, Aldi, McDonalds, Fox and Hounds, New Dragon, Ewood WMC, Ewood Butty Box, Leavers, Ewood Sandwich Bar, Bargain Booze, Quality Sandwich Bar, Brown Cow, Chopsticks, Master Fu, Sonali, Ewood Convenience Store ... at that's all within half a mile of the ground!
  8. The difference in those two example is one is one is run independently, the other by the state. You are effectively still forced to use cash, so designing it in such a way as you make it that a significant percentage of the population are genuinely unhappy using it, with no practical alternative, was a massive gaff (is it a load of fuss over nothing? I've no idea, I'm no vegan, I enjoy consuming animal fat, but I can't speak for others). So. in this example, handling animal fats (in tiny trace amounts) IS being imposed on people. However, KFC and Subway are franchises in a free market economy and whether or not Halal meat is used is up to the individual outlet is down to the franchise owner and other people are able to provide alternative competitive outlets if the want.
  9. You should have seen the word I used before I watered it down to lunacy BTW They're not "pathetic and @#/? stirrring", they're looking out for the site.
  10. No Mike, it's NOT! You have the freedom of choice. A VERY important freedom. You can choose to eat there, you can choose not too. That's your choice. As both Subway and KFC are generally franchises, I strongly suspect that the decision is entirely commercial. You look at your potential market place. If you exclude x% of potential customers by offering non-Halal food and y% by only offering Halal food. It doesn't take a math wiz to realise in certain areas you're going to make more money by going Halal. KFC/Subway aren't saying all KFC/Subway outlets or indeed every fast food outlet should be Halal, they have given the individual outlets FREEDOM to choose. If people were genuinely confident there were enough people in Blackburn unwilling to eat non-Halal chicken to support a second restaurant, somebody would have ponied up the £5m by now and opened one. The problem is everyone takes freedom for granted and confuse it with doing what they personally want. Nobody is being forced to do anything, it's all choice. The second you limit those freedoms to a group of people, you have to consider the consequence if that same logic was used against you. Ban the Niqāb? Sure, but that same law would see scarves over your faces and CP Company Mille Miglia Jackets banned (bit of a problem for CCTV operators those are, the givernment would love them banned). Ban Halal meat? Sure, I'm in favour of that, but expect Foie Gras, Shark Fin, Veal and Lobster to vanish for the same reasons. Ban "obscene onions" .... ok, I have nothing for this one. Lets take a different slant at this same situation. I open a bacon button shop in Blackburn Market (my bacon, like all good British Bacon, is from Denmark), but I choose to ONLY sell it with brown sauce on it. One one side I have people complaining "but the traditional British Bacon Sandwich has to have Ketchup" and on the other I have people going "brown sauce is an abomination". But I want to stick by my guns and serve what the hell I like. Should I? Or should I bow to the pressure of others insisting what the "right" way to sell a bacon butty is? Personally, I'm glad I have the freedom to sell them how I want and they have the freedom to either do one, or open a competing bacon butty shop that uses ketchup if they want. [ ... and before anyone attempts to divert this, I'm **NOT** arguing in favour of Halal or Kosher meat, frankly I think it's a barbaric practice that has no place in modern society. I am simply arguing that Halal food is still a choice even if you local preferred eatery now happens to only serve it. ]
  11. You're offended by how people dress, food nobody is asking you to eat and "obscene onions"? I only came across your post as others believed it to be racist, but I'm going to leave it here for now so people can marvel at the sheer lunacy of your statement (whether it was intended or not)! By the way, if I ever start a band, I'm going to call it "obscene onions".
  12. After Rovers defeat away to Barnsley, in a move that saw many fans asking if he'd been drinking the same Kool-aid as convicted drink driver and not-a-dog owner Steve Kean, Coyle claimed "[a] group of fans have got their own agendas". However, we can now reveal that he was correct as the Agenda for todays game at Huddersfield has been circulated. (all credit to @ianherbert on twitter) Click here to view the article
  13. After Rovers defeat away to Barnsley, in a move that saw many fans asking if he'd been drinking the same Kool-aid as convicted drink driver and not-a-dog owner Steve Kean, Coyle claimed "[a] group of fans have got their own agendas". However, we can now reveal that he was correct as the Agenda for todays game at Huddersfield has been circulated. (all credit to @ianherbert on twitter)
  14. From the footer at the bottom of each page "All content is copyright of its respective posters". Whilst that stops us cashing in on a "best of BRFCS" book, it does in theory prevent "chrunalist" websites ripping off your posts on here .... except that in this day and age it doesn't, you'd be laughed out of court.
  15. Back in the days of Project Chanology, I'd take that as a complement, nowadays .... not so much