The Anonymous Widower

Scaled Back Hajj Pilgrimage Due To Start In Saudi Arabia

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

Quite frankly, I was very surprised, when I heard this news on the BBC.

I thought, the Hajj would have been cancelled and not just scaled back.

In the past, I have had vicars as friends and I have talked to devout Orthodox Jews, and we have discussed serious moral dilemmas.

I can remember some from both groups saying, that your health always comes first.

In the current pandemic, the Church of England and prominent Jews like the Chief Rabbi have behaved with ultra-caution.

So where is this caution from the Muslim religious leaders?

I hope the Government and other political leaders, are giving them the truth, as they are endangering us all!

 

July 29, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , | 2 Comments

Atheists Less Likely To Die From Covid-19 Than Believers, Research Finds

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article in The Times.

This is the introductory paragraph.

People without religious faith are less likely to die from Covid-19 than believers, according to the first analysis of its kind from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This paragraph gives some actual statistics.

For Muslims the figures were 198.9 deaths per 100,000 males and 98.2 deaths per 100,000 females. Among Christians, the death rates were 92.6 for men and 54.6 for women, and among Jewish people 187.9 for men and 94.3 for women.

These are my observations.

The Average Death Rate

The average death rate of these religious groups is 121 per 100,000 people or 1 in 826 people.

The Number Of Coeliacs In The UK Population

This page on the NHS web site says this about the number of coeliacs in the UK population.

Coeliac disease is a condition that affects at least 1 in every 100 people in the UK.

But some experts think this may be underestimated because milder cases may go undiagnosed or be misdiagnosed as other digestive conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Reported cases of coeliac disease are around 3 times higher in women than men.

I hadn’t known the last point, but all my coeliac friends and acquaintances, with two exceptions are female! The two male exceptions are both chefs!

Thinking about the last point, I do wonder if women are more likely to have coeliac disease as the disease can affect their natural functions, so they are likely to go to the doctor with a problem, that could be a coeliac symptom, like the inability to conceive.

Diagnosed Coeliacs On A Gluten-Free Diet And Cancer

It has been shown by Joe West at Nottingham University, that diagnosed coeliacs on a gluten-free diet are less likely to get cancer, than the general population.

Does this mean, that this group of people have a strong immune system?

Diagnosed Coeliacs On A Gluten-Free Diet And COVID-19

Various doctors have said, that COVID-19 attacks people with compromised immune systems.

So do diagnosed coeliacs ona gluten-free diet get a measure of protection from COVID-19 from their strong immune systems?

Ashkenazi Jews And COVID-19

My coeliac disease comes from my great-great-great-grandfather, who was from Konigsberg in East Prussia.

In those far-off days at the start of the Nineteenth Century, if you were a Jewish male in East Prussia, you had to leave at eighteen, unless you were from one of the privileged Jewish families.

As my ancestor wasn’t he hopped on a boat and ended up in Bexley.

Luckily, I was diagnosed as a coeliac at Addenbrooke’s hospital at the age of 50. My health, which had been poor off-and-on improved immediately and considerably, once I was no longer eating gluten.

But in the Jewish population, there are a lot of undiagnosed coeliacs, who probably have poor immune systems due to their diet.

Are they like targets in a shooting gallery for the evil COVID-19 virus?

Christians And COVID-19

I do wonder about communion rituals.

Especially, as some churches insist that wheat must be used. Even if you’re coeliac.

Surely, your health is more important.

Why Are Women Less Likely To Die?

If undiagnosed coeliac disease is an explanation, as the disease is three times more common in women would explain it, as they’d all be on protective gluten-free diets.

Muslims And COVID-19

Most Muslims come from areas, where coeliac disease is rare and are probably on a gluten-free anyway.

But they do appear to suffer high levels of other diseases like diabetes, that compromise your immune system.

June 19, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Isis Issues Coronavirus Travel Advice: Terrorists Should Avoid Europe

The title of this cost is the same as this article on the Sunday Times.

This is the introductory paragraph.

The Isis terrorist group is steering clear of Europe because of the coronavirus. Having previously urged its supporters to attack European cities, the group is now advising members to “stay away from the land of the epidemic” in case they become infected.

I think on balance, this could be a good thing, given that Iran doesn’t seem to be very successful in controlling the coronavirus.

March 15, 2020 Posted by | Health, World | , , , | 1 Comment

Imams Refuse Funeral Prayers To ‘Indefensible’ London Bridge Attackers

This is the title on this article in the Guardian.

This is said.

More than 130 imams and Muslim religious leaders have said they will refuse to say funeral prayers for the perpetrators of Saturday’s attack in London.

In a highly unusual move, Muslim religious figures from across the country and from different schools of Islam said their pain at the suffering of the victims and their families led them to refuse to perform the traditional Islamic prayer – a ritual normally performed for every Muslim regardless of their actions. They called on others to do the same.

Obviously, the last crop of attackers can’t do anything more to us, but will a sanction like this make it more likely other attackers will strike?

I’m not against imams and Muslim religious leaders coming to their own decision, as this is still a free country, but I also think ot’s something the government should stay clear of.

June 5, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

Another Suicide Bombing

This morning, this report on the BBC, is talking of another suicide bombing in Afghanistan.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I can’t think of any suicide bombing, where the perpetrator wasn’t Muslim.

So why is this deadly practice an exclusively Muslim phenomena?

April 19, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | 3 Comments

The Evil Killing Of A Shopkeeper

This story on the BBC is untitled Arrest after Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah dies in attack.

In my view, this marks a new low for Islam in the UK, in that a thoroughly decent Muslim shopkeeper was murdered by another Muslim man, because he was being thoroughly decent and friendly to his Christian friends and customers.

That in my book is terrorism and the evil bastard who did this should be treated with the full force of the law.

March 26, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

An Imam’s View On The Mecca Crane Collapse Tragedy

I didn’t go looking for this story in the Independent entitled Mecca crane collapse: Deadly accident at Grand Mosque ‘a blessing in disguise for those killed’

This is said.

Dr Hojjat Ramzy, an imam and director of the Oxford Islamic Information Centre, said he was “very saddened” to hear about the deaths and offered condolences to the families of those killed.

“But in the same breath, I would like to congratulate those people who lost their lives for going straight to heaven without any question,” he said.

“This is great honour from God that every one wishes for but not many will be granted.”

I’m sure that if a crane in the UK fell and killed seven people let alone a hundred and seven, it would be seven appalling tragedies.

September 14, 2015 Posted by | News | | 1 Comment

Wars Of Religion

This was the big headline in The Times on Friday. It does sum up the mess involving Muslims in the Middle East in particular. Admittedly, with a little bit of help from their bogeymen; the Israelis.

A commentator yesterday on the BBC who had a military background, said that what is going on between the two main factions of  in Islam, is akin to what when on between Catholics and Protestants in Europe in the Thirty Years War. Wikipedia describes that war like this.

The Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648) was a series of wars principally fought in Central Europe (primarily present-day Germany), involving most of the European countries. It was one of the most destructive conflicts in European history, and one of the longest continuous wars in modern history.

The commentator said, that it is conceivable that the two factions is Islam, will bring on a similar conflict.

We must do our best to not be drawn into this stupid conflict. To air drop food and water to refugees is one thing, but to favour one side or the other is a complete no-no.

August 10, 2014 Posted by | News | , , | 1 Comment

Wasting My Licence Fee

The BBC has just broadcast an interview with some Islamic nutcase.

Why is the BBC wasting my licence fee, giving fantasists like this time on the airwaves?

He might even be able to find out if jihadists go to heaven in a few days or weeks!

July 4, 2014 Posted by | Health, World | , , , | Leave a comment

The Psychopaths Are Trying To Run The Asylum

One news story stood out on the BBC this lunchtime. It was all about how jogging has been banned in Burundi and can get you many years in jail.

I noticed this paragraph in the story.

The 49-year-old president, for his part, remains an enthusiastic consumer of team games – football in particular.

He has his own side, Hallelujah FC, for whom, according to government leaflets, he plays as a striker and often scores goals.

So it’s not just Muslim fanatcs who are three parts round the bend.

The news is depressing with more fighting and massacres in Iraq due to ISIS, dozens killed in Kenya by Al Shabab, kidnappings in Israel probably by Hamas and all the Boko Haram troubles in Nigeria.

Although those four seem to say they support Islam, many of those they kill seem to be Muslims too!

I sometimes think that this section of mindless violence will only end when the various divisions have eliminated each other.

It just gets more depressing!

June 16, 2014 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment