Muslim Association says “Barbadians have nothing to fear.” (What a statement!)
Is this what we want for our Barbados?
One can only imagine the howls of outrage if a construction company announced that only Christians would be allowed to purchase new homes in a brand new Bajan subdivision… and rightly so. Can you imagine on a sign “No Muslim Buyers Allowed” ???
Yet this is exactly what our political class has agreed to in relation to Bajan Christians and Jews when it issued building permissions to the Muslim organisations involved in building Barbados’ newest housing development.
After hundreds of years of slavery, and then another hundred years of colonisation, exclusion and segregation based upon race, skin colour and class, ordinary Barbadians do not take kindly to being told they are not eligible to purchase a home because they are not of the proper religion. Bajans do not like being told that they are second class citizens in their own country.
The message from the Muslim spokespersons that “Barbadians have nothing to fear” is a statement that these people consider themselves to be outside of the wide and inclusive Barbados citizenship and community. Is this what we want for our Barbados?
Muslims wish to self-enclave, to not be part of the wider Bajan community
Muslim schools in Barbados teach our young people that “Hijab is compulsory… hide woman’s beauty as protection from rape” and “Beheading, chopping off your hands, severe beatings are Islamic rules, nothing wrong in it” (See BFP’s article about the Muslim Girls School.)
There can be no debate that these Islamic values and teachings are anti-Bajan, and destructive to our national character. They are against everything that this country stands for. Muslim teaching about the value of women is stuck somewhere before the dark-ages, but for some reason liberals excuse the fact that the Koran not only allows, but instructs, husbands to physically discipline their wives.
Yet, our so-called political leadership has agreed to allow the establishment of a community that excludes ordinary Bajans and upholds values that are foreign and destructive to our nation.
This is a dangerous precedent that weakens Barbados and undermines everything we have struggled for in the past 150 years. By all means, let people believe what they want to believe no matter how vile or outrageous. Freedom and democracy demands tolerance. But we draw the line when our government gives approval and support to an exclusionary enclave based upon religion and values that are in total opposition to the Bajan culture and national character.
I wonder: what would Bussa think of this?
From The Nation newspaper. We have to reprint it all because that newspaper has a habit of revising history:
A new community exclusively for Muslims has been started at Clermont, St James.
But Barbadians have nothing to fear, said members of the An-Noor Muslim Association, the body behind the housing development that will include a mosque and community centre.
Authorities have denied the group one of its featured facilities, the call to prayer when speakers attached to the mosque publicly announce the times of prayer.
Responding to queries about the project, located opposite Queen’s College on more than five acres of land that already has the roads laid out, Abdulsamad Pandor said construction was being governed by the same convenant that applied to those living in nearby residential districts even though a mosque will be part of the community.
“The call to prayer was not allowed . . . We are not going to do the call to prayer . . . The neighbours around here know of our plans and so far there’s been no objection to them,” Pandor told the WEEKEND NATION at the site of the 37 lots.