6 Jul 2012
Could just be a 'normal' Muslim crime story - in Birmingham Pakistani crime is rife, drug dealing gangs are unbiquitous, guns are widespread. Could just be Pakistani gangs gun running between Yorkshire and Birmingham.
6 Jul 2012
I understand that insuring something is forbidden in Islam, so so of the more devout ones may refuse to take out insurance on religious grounds. One day someone might bring a cse under discrimination law. That would interesting.
7 Jul 2012
Esmerelda - I read your final comment and I must admit I laughed.
You really shouldn't give them good advice...
However. Remember Our Lord's line, 'Faithful in little, faithful also in much"? The principle also applies, I think, in the negative: "Unfaithful in little, unfaithful also in much".
It just may be that the kind of person who has that level of contempt for the non-Muslim society within which he lives, that leads him to plot to blow up large portions of it, will also manifest that contempt in lesser ways: in refusing to insure his car and/ or by small or great traffic infractions.
I know I've heard, somewhere, the apocryphal story of the policeman who pulls over the erratic driver and finds a murder victim in the boot. And I do know that the Muslim guy who attacked a Jewish centre in Seattle was actually pulled over by a cop on his way there, for a traffic offence of some kind, though it wasn't something that warranted an arrest or being taken off the road; if only the cop had had a stronger Cop Sense, he might have insisted on searching the car, and found the weapon, and murder might have been averted. And I know that in the USA two Muslim males who were pulled over by highway cops for speeding were discovered to have improvised explosives in the boot.
When the New York police arrested fare jumpers on the subway, and ran full background checks on them, and did body searches, lots of times they found concealed weapons, illegal weapons, and people who had warrants out for their arrest.
The moral of this story, for every Sergeant Plod, every humble highway cop, all over the Lands of the Infidels, is this: if you pull up a Muslim driver who has been speeding/ running lights/ driving erratically and/ or breaching traffic regs, or whose car looks a bit sus, trust your gut. check that registration and insurance. Check that licence. Check that identity. Check that laptop you saw someone trying to put out of sight; check the boot to see what's in it...If there's a creature swathed in a burqa, make sure you find out who's under it...it may not even be a woman, it might be a hairy male with size nine shoes. (The rule of 'someone breaking little rules might well be breaking bigger ones' also applies, of course, to common non-Muslim criminals; however, in the case of Muslims, if they identify as Muslims that simple fact tells one that they are identifying with an Organisation that inculcates contempt for and aggression toward everything other than itself; so that there is always a real possibility they may be translating that aggression into action).