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  1. I think this response is meant to suggest that the chant is only racist because of our own internal racism. i believe it is racist, as it is meant that way, and the clear implication from those singing is that being a small town in Asia is bad, that the immigrants are ‘lesser’, and so Luton should be laughed at. It is a racist chant, sung by racists (or those too ignorant to realise what they are singing). Also, the eiron is a character, not a person and irony entails opposition (not mere difference) between the actual meaning and the apparent meaning of something. This isn’t an exam
  2. I think that Thomas will be riding for Bernal in the final week. Thomas doesn't appear to be in the same form as last year and Bernal is on fire. I agree that it could be very open, and there are a lot of potential winners. It should be close going in to the last week, which looks absolutely brutal.
  3. All three have said things that encourage the racists. Now - move this to the politics section.
  4. MY OPINION: A lot of posters on here need to have a word with themselves. A young man has been abused by a racist, and instead of supporting the player, or condemning the racism, they seem more concerned with saying, "It wasn't one of our racists." We have wonderful fans, but they are far from perfect. I know that when I saw the report, I wasn't surprised - it absolutely could have been from a city fan. It wasn't this time, but unless we keep working the next one could be.
  5. Paddy31


    This kind of abuse of another person is disgusting. SX225 - you should be ashamed of yourself. This is simply vile. You are abusing an actual person here. I am reporting this post .
  6. Paddy31


    If I called you "backward", would you find it complimentary?
  7. Paddy31


    Then why would you worry about which imaginary deity has been invoked before your meat was killed? Serious question. It would be very difficult to live in this country (or most western societies) and be offended by Christmas presents, Easter eggs and St George's day.
  8. Paddy31


    I'm not defending religion. I'd like to see a debate about the humane slaughter of our meat without resorting to name-calling.
  9. Paddy31


    What you said is offensive. Calling someone's religion "backward" is insulting. I'm sure you didn't mean to be rude and simply dislike animal cruelty. You may consider all religions to be out dated in a modern society, but the way you have phrased your post is not making that point.
  10. Paddy31


    I agree that the welfare of the animals that produce our meat is very important. Killing a living creature is something that needs to be done as humanely as possible. However, there is not a huge difference between halal slaughter and the standard method of killing a chicken. RSPCA factfile I believe that a large number of people do not care about the animal welfare at all. Many people choose to be outraged by halal slaughter simply because it is Muslim. The lack of discussion of Shechita slaughter tells it's own story.
  11. Paddy31


    It is the retailer's choice in this case, not the customers'. The retailer's have chosen, where they think it will enable them to make more money, to sell a halal menu.
  12. Paddy31


    I think you have it backwards. The Subway shops have chosen to introduce a halal menu because there is a demand* for it in the area. This means that the shops feel that they will make more money by having this menu. You could argue that this is freedom of choice, and it is a cornerstone of the British way of life. *Demand in this case is an economics term, as in supply and demand.
  13. Paddy31


    I've seen it in Turkey. A cow hanging from its leg, bleeding into the gutter. I don't think that there is much difference between the well cared for meat that is halal and non-halal in the UK. Most halal meat is stunned before it is stuck. Our ordinary meat is also stunned and then stuck, mostly using the same processes (the exception being the bolt to the brain used on some larger animals). By the way, KFC are doing a halal trial, and Nando's also has halal shops.
  14. Paddy31


    I'm not sure if some people who are complaining about halal meat are aware of how non-halal meat is slaughtered. RSPCA Animal Slaughtering Factfile RSPCA Religious Slaughter Factfile I'm with you on the need for a humane method of slaughter for our meat. Nearly 90% of halal meat is stunned before slaughter and the RSPCA continue to campaign to improve this figure. However, I firmly believe that the great majority of people who are offended by the existence of halal foods in the UK have little interest in the welfare of the animals.
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