European Court upheld French veil ban

Today the European Court of Human Rights has struck a blow for freedom by, er… erm…. well…..
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The European court has stood up for the freedom of religious expression through its decision to…. to…. well it….. er….

In a bid to protect devout Muslim women who wear the veil as a religious observance from isolation the ECtHR has made it easier for them to show their faces in public by er…. well… by making it harder for them to leave their homes. This upholds their freedom of conscience because….. er….

Still – it’ll please these nice Britain First guys who never hide their own faces at all.

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Can you say “Hypocrisy”?

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Care to share magazine issue 7

Just a reminder. Care to share magazine issue 7 is out today as a series of blog posts or downloadable PDF.

Get your free copy here.

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Islam, Europe & neoNazi politics

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There are just over 2 billion practicing Muslims worldwide. Can you imagine the global impact of 2 billion far right neoNazis like Britain First, BNP or the EDL? And they tell us that Islam is the biggest problem.

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There are, of course, good reasons to distrust all religious groups, especially the three Abrahamic religions (Islam, Judaeism & Christianity) but let’s keep it in perspective. Secular societies such as we have in the European Union keep religious bigotry at bay, just as Europe also keeps nationalism & xenophobia at bay.

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The very things that Nationalist groups oppose protect us from the theocracies that they claim to fear the most.

But the European convention on human rights (ECHR) doesn’t just prevent religious theocracy – it also prevents governments based upon discrimination and Nazi ideology. No wonder far right groups from UKIP and the BNP to the EDL & ‘Britain First’ want the UK to leave the union.

What could possibly go wrong with the Master Race in charge?

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Over 200 Charities Reject Workfare and Sign Statement Saying Keep Volunteering Voluntary

Stuart Sorensen:

And about time too.

I see that The Salvation Army is missing from the list of signatories. Does anyone know if they’re still abusing and exploiting vulnerable, unemployed citizens by using them as unpaid slave labour in their ‘charity’ shops?

This abuse cannot be legal given that the European Convention on Human Rights clearly forbids slavery.

Originally posted on the void:

Over 200 charities and voluntary organisations have now signed the Keep Volunteering Voluntary agreement in response to the Government’s launch of mass workfare.

As pointed out by Boycott Workfare, this vastly outnumbers the 70 organisations that the DWP claim have backed the new Community Work Placements, which involve 780 hours forced work under the threat of meagre benefits being stopped.

Many more charities have confirmed they will not be involved in the scheme on twitter, including household names such as British Red Cross, Scope and Friends of the Earth.  This is a disaster for the DWP as they attempt to find tens of thousands of workfare placements in the voluntary sector.

It could also spell trouble for Mandatory Work Activity (MWA), the shorter workfare scheme which to punish claimants when Jobcentre busy-bodies decide they aren’t trying hard enough to find work.  The Keep Volunteering Voluntary agreement does not just…

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An Experiment to Analyze Hate Against Muslims

Stuart Sorensen:

22 people did nothing and that’s the biggest problem by far. We can’t just choose not to get involved.

Discrimination and bigotry will harm us all because it damages the fabric of our society as a whole. And it’s not just an issue for the USA. Racism, intolerance and sectarianism is on the rise all over the world.

Would you speak out?

Originally posted on No Offense:

Take a few minutes to watch this alarming hidden camera experiment featured by ABC news, who casted actors to display a real life issue about discrimination against Muslims here in the United States. The responses of bystanders were heavily evaluated. How would you have reacted?

Both the Muslim woman and the worker behind the counter are both actors who sought to present a real life circumstance to  inflict emotion. “Get back on the camel and go back to wherever you came from,” said the clerk. “You’re no American, you’re a terrorist.”

Put yourself in this woman’s shoes. How is this something to ignore? Imagine you’re one of the customers witnessing this act of injustice at a local bakery. Would you be one of the thirteen who stood up for the victim? One of the six who sided with the clerk? Or, one of the twenty-two who stood there and said…

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Awful, just awful!

Remember when this blog was full of stuff opposing the American ‘charity’, Project Prevention? Do you remember when so many of us fought so hard to keep their superficial, discriminatory nonsense out of UK? Aren’t you glad we succeeded?

Look at what’s going on in US at present.

http://thebioethicsprogram.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/sorry-kid-but-your-moms-in-jail-for-having-you/

When policy is based upon a sense of moral outrage rather than actual evidence and awareness of consequence the results tend to be tragic.

Should Osborne go too?

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Behaviours that challenge

It’s taken me a while to finish this but my new book ‘Behaviours that challenge’ is now on sale on The Care Guy website. Only a tenner plus P&P.

Go on, you know you want to

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Often the advice given to social care workers about behaviours that challenge makes their problems worse instead of better. This easy to follow workbook is full of no nonsense tips, techniques and ideas for dealing with the behaviours YOU face at work (and at home).

Contents

Introductory questionnaire
What is Challenging Behaviour?
Legal principles
Theories of behaviour and interaction
Different types of Challenging Behaviours
Its only behavioural
Philosophy and challenging behaviour (rights, paternalism and intervention – people are just people)
Assertiveness – as opposed to aggression, passivity and passive-aggression
Assessing behaviour – ABC, the Pleasure Principle, lessons from research
Basic behavioural management – classical and operant conditioning, reinforcement, gradual progression
Boundaries and the escalation or recession of inappropriate behaviours
The importance of the whole team approach
The problem with punishment
Expectations
Questionnaire
Answers to safeguarding quiz

Petition to prosecute ATOS & the DWP

Yes, I know, some of my readers voted for the callous hyenas who support this ongoing cruelty. But hey – we all make mistakes.

Perhaps a prosecution (or even a large collection of signatures) will send a message

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to ConDem MPs preparing to face the electorate in a little over a year. Either way – this inhuman government and the profiteering ATOS really should be called to account.

Will you sign?

Woohoo! Welcome back, Inspector Brown

Inspector Michael Brown is back!

Within the last hour @MentalHealthCop resumed on Twitter and announced that the Mental Health Cop blog is available for public scrutiny again.

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This is truly fantastic news.

If mental health and/or rights interest you go and have a look. Follow @MentalHealthCop on Twitter too. You won’t be disappointed.

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