26 February, 2011
Knowing our place
Dogwash, I guess I ought to help it along. Lérida is a city in Catalonia. Here's a translation (of sorts) of the article:
These people are going to have to be stamped on. Hard.
Lérida Islamists do not want dogs on the bus
They take the view that the Lérida City Council should regulate the presence of dogs on the street and in certain municipal facilities "in order not to offend Muslims."
Islamic associations have called on the Lérida City Council to enact local legislation to prohibit the presence of dogs both on city buses and in some areas frequented mostly by Muslims, as the animals are considered "unclean" under Islam.
They go even further and consider the presence among them of "unclean animals" to violate their religious freedom and the right of Muslims to live according to the tenets of the Qur'an.
I occasionally get traffic from people who are actually expecting to read a blog about washing dogs. Fine animals they are, who I am sure benefit from and appear to enjoy the occasional bath, but canine ablutions are not discussed here. Check out the strapline of the blog, above, and the link to Eric Raymond's "Jargon File" site. "Dogwash" is an archaic and probably whimsical piece of computing slang.
Helpful hint: Do not attempt to bathe cats. They are likely to take a very dim view.
Maybe if they try this here (famously dog-loving country that we are), it'll be the straw that broke the camel's back? I do so hope...