Those that read and write about the Religion of Peace will be shocked that the departing Mayor of Kirklees, Jean Calvert, is shocked that the same muslim men she has so handily pandered to for years - refuse to have their picture taken with her. To make matters even more ironic - the public snub occurred after Ms. Calvert had been invited to a "community cohesion" get-together organised by the North Kirklees Sunni Muslim Council of Mosques and local imams to mark Eid-Milad-Un-Nabi, the prophet Mohammed's birthday
Mayor Calvert tearfully stated: ""The photographer was told in no uncertain terms that 'we don't have photographs taken with women.That was bad enough but then to stand on my own for a further 15 minutes while photographs were being taken of all the other guests in the room was very upsetting."
Muslim men being rude and denigrating of women?? Ms Calvert should have taken time from her tunnel visioned "fighting for the rights of women" to learn about her own muslim constituency and their beliefs about women:
A traditional Islamic saying is that, "A woman's heaven is beneath her husband's feet."
Sura (2:228) - "and the men are a degree above them [women]"
Sura (5:6) - "And if ye are unclean, purify yourselves. And if ye are sick or on a journey, or one of you cometh from the closet, or ye have had contact with women, and ye find not water, then go to clean, high ground and rub your faces and your hands with some of it" Men are to rub dirt on their hands if there is no water to purify them following casual contact with a woman (such as shaking hands).
The clueless Ms Calvert can wail and be outraged all she wants: "These actions have made me realise that we are no further down that road today than we were in 1992 when I became a councillor."The question is when are things going to change? "
The answer: Muslim men's treatment of women has not changed for hundreds of years and the real travesty is that this "feminist", and so many others like her, are just figuring this out!!
Ex-Mayor Calvert - can expect exactly NO change ---especially when she is now turning the gavel over to the new Mayor - muslim Karam Hussein.
(PLEASE NOTE: An aside: According to the title the "tearful mayor attacked" the poor muslim men regarding the photo snub = more media pandering and portraying muslims as victims)
Her comments came in her departing speech as she handed over mayoral duties to Coun Karam Hussain (Lib Dem, Dewsbury West).
Coun Calvert was referring to her invitation to attend a community cohesion event at Dewsbury Town Hall in March.
It was organised by the North Kirklees Sunni Muslim Council of Mosques and local imams to mark Eid-Milad-Un-Nabi, the prophet Mohammed's birthday.
In her tearful speech to the full council and members of the public at Huddersfield Town Hall on Wednesday, Coun Calvert said she had checked whether the invitation was really for her rather than deputy mayor Coun Karam Hussain, but organisers insisted she was welcome.
She said: "I attended this event and was horrified to be left on my own in a room full of people that I didn't know. The press wanted to take photographs of the group with the mayor.
"The photographer was told in no uncertain terms that 'we don't have photographs taken with women.'
"That was bad enough but then to stand on my own for a further 15 minutes while photographs were being taken of all the other guests in the room was very upsetting."
In her early years as councillor, Coun Calvert was chairwoman of the Women's Rights Committee and helped to launch the council's domestic violence policy.
She said: "I started my life in politics trying to even out the injustices of women's rights, anti-poverty measures and to make for a more equal society.
"These actions have made me realise that we are no further down that road today than we were in 1992 when I became a councillor.
"The question is when are things going to change? I'll leave that question with the leader of the council and the cabinet to solve."
But an organiser of the community cohesion event said he had contacted the mayor's office in advance to explain Coun Calvert could not appear in photographs with orthodox clerics.
Waseem Riaz, of Heckmondwike Jamia Mosque, said: "We confirmed this beforehand with the mayor's office that we wanted the mayor to come along but, just to keep things culturally sensitive, if it would be okay that the mayor doesn't appear in photos."
He said it was the custom of orthodox Muslims to keep the sexes apart and it would have been the same if a male mayor had met a group of female orthodox Muslims.
He said: "It is a part of orthodox Islamic beliefs that unless it's a person's own wife that it's better not to have photographs taken.
"Some orthodox Muslims would not even have photographs taken with their own wives."