Reader’s letters - Wednesday August 20, 2014

Demonstrators march through Preston in support of the people of Gaza (see letter)

Demonstrators march through Preston in support of the people of Gaza (see letter)

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Unite to fight extremism

Regarding the current crisis in Northern Iraq. Thousands are being slaughtered or, at best, driven from their homes by a lunatic fringe who delude themselves that Allah is smiling down approvingly on their acts of rape, murder and genocide.

The basic tenets of the Islamic faith as laid down by the Prophet are, to all intents and purposes, those which Christ instructed Christians to follow and as such, both Muslim and Christian should be denouncing with one voice the vitriolic nonsense being spouted by these terrorists and publicly supporting every action designed to ensure that they are defeated.

Unfortunately, the voice of the Christian Church in this country appears to grow weaker when it should be rising to the challenge but it has to be said that the greater impact in the condemnation of what is taking place in Iraq would be for the true followers of the Prophet to unequivocally indicate their opposition to those carrying out atrocities in the name of Islam.

Two notable national Muslim leaders have spoken out and urged Muslims in Britain to recognise the potential danger to themselves, namely that threats are already being posted of the intention to spread these murderous activities to this country and elsewhere.

Sadly, these two leaders appear to be voices crying in the wilderness.

Recently, the Evening Post published several photographs in more than one edition, of substantial crowds demonstrating against the retaliation against the people of Gaza by Israel.

The issue they were protesting about was perfectly valid though both sides could have avoided the conflict given a little give and take before the event.

It was noticeable in all those photographs that the protesters were almost exclusively Asian or Arab and many in traditional dress almost certainly of the Islamic faith. This was perfectly understandable and in no way would I suggest otherwise. The conflict is clearly one in which Judaism and Islam are firmly entrenched on respective sides.

I am disappointed to note, however, that there does not appear to have been any kind of public condemnation of what is taking place in Iraq.

In Gaza, Palestinians and Israelis have traded blows for too long but in Iraq the current victims have never displayed active aggression against those who are now slaughtering them in the name of Islam.

More to the point, they are slaying fellow Muslims, Sunnis against Shias.

A sobering thought. If this terrorism does eventually spread to our shores some of those who demonstrated side by side in front of the Town Hall may well find themselves on opposite sides in a Jihad of their own making.

Preston boasts of being a city with an enviable multi-cultural population.

If this is true, is it not time for all of us to make it clear where we stand in this potentially dangerous situation.

Do we stand together or is this claim that we are a friendly, tolerant and well-integrated society actually a myth?

Doug Millband, addrss supplied

Scots dictated for too long

Should Scotland vote to leave the UK, Labour would be deprived of 76 MPs.

For many years, these MPs helped Labour to dictate English and British politics, often to the detriment of the majority of the UK.

Many millions of voters in England would contend that this is truly undemocratic.

Had Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg not reneged on a coalition pledge on revising constituency boundaries, Labour would have been even worse off, as they would have lost another 20 MPs.

In typical Labour ideology, democracy is only right when it benefits Labour and disadvantages anybody else.

Roy Dilcock, address supplied

Leave emotion at starting line

I have this idea that when the BBC were planning coverage of the 2012 Olympics some pimply youth with a degree in media studies suggested that the focus should be on the “emotional” aspects of sport.

Thus, every event was accompanied by constant, irritating references to how “emotional” it all was. That and “amazing”, of course.

It’s got to the point now where I couldn’t watch any Commonwealth Games coverage because of the insufferable references to how “amazing” it all was all the time but, worse, also to how “emotional” it was.

The fans were emotional; the families of athletes were emotional; the sky looking down was emotional; the trees were emotional; the hockey sticks were emotional; I’m getting emotional, the emotion being irritation beyond belief.

Can I point out also the word itself does not just refer to people being tearful?

It’s bad enough listening to cliches like “you couldn’t write the script” etc ad nauseum but, come on, give us a break.

What with being unable now to watch the BBC News Channel because of the constant “erm erm erming”, now I can’t even watch a bit of swimming (the only sport I have ever been good at).

I’ll have to write that novel I know is inside me.

Name and address supplied

Think twice on helping beggars

Could I politely suggest should anyone be tempted to give spare change to people begging, they should consider purchasing a copy of the Big Issue from the various vendors around our towns and cities.

The men and women selling the Big Issue have a strict code of conduct to follow and are registered to sell the magazines. Every vendor I have bought from has always been polite, courteous and grateful for the sale.

I have seen vendors helping old people with their bags of shopping down steps or giving young mothers a helping hand with their buggy or pushchairs.

Many of the homeless admit they have made mistakes in the past, or have reached their present situation through mental health issues.

Charities for the homeless, would all be grateful for donations which would help them continue with their ever-increasing workloads.

Paul Abraham, address supplied