Wednesday, July 12, 2006
A Muslim-only day is to be held at the Alton Towers amusement complex, with a ban on drinking and gambling (and non-Muslims), in order to 'improve integration' in the dangerously segregated climate of contemporary Britain, according to a spokesman for the Muslim Public Affairs Committee.
In a similar spirit of improved integration in Northern Ireland a 'Protestants only' and 'Catholics only' day has been organised for the Shankill and Falls Roads in Belfast. It will allow Protestants to enjoy the amenities of the Shankill, their pallet bonfires and Glasgow Rangers supporters club, in a relaxed and inclusive 'Protestants only' atmosphere, while on the Falls Catholics will be free to admire murals comparing Bobby Sands to Che Guevara, Albert Einstein, Dante, the Buddha and other notables from the rich history of Irish nationalism, all in an easygoing 'Catholics only' environment.
Sadly, the 'Protestants only' and 'Catholics only' event only lasts a day, but no one taking part could fail to be inspired by its spirit of tolerance and diversity. As the song says, Wouldn't it be great if it was like this all the time!