I don't especially want to feed DK's anti-Muslim meme - me being such a cuddly, middle-of-the-road type - but this story actually has nothing to do with Muslims per se and everything to do with dhimmitude; and it had me shaking my head in utter disbelief.
A five-year-old girl's passport application was rejected because her photograph showed her bare shoulders. Hannah Edwards's mother, Jane, was told that the exposed skin might be considered offensive in a Muslim country.
The photograph was taken at a photo-booth at a local post office for a family trip to the south of France. Because of the way the camera was set up, the picture came out showing Hannah's shoulders.
The family had it signed and presented it at a post office with the completed form but were told that it would not be accepted by the Passport Office. A woman behind the counter informed them that she was aware of at least two other cases where applications had been rejected because a person's shoulders were not covered.
This is an almost textbook example of the extremes to which our terror of "offending" other cultures has taken us. Like similar daft incidents in the past - Piglet figurines and posters for Christmas church services come to mind - the obsession with political correctness causes us to bend over backwards to accommodate the supposed sensitivities of minority cultures.
Two common themes; government is terrified of demanding any reciprocal "concessions" from the minorities in question, and so all this works in one direction only; and second, in the interests of fairness, it's worth pointing out that these incidents almost never involve any actual complaint from someone from the minority in question - indeed, when asked, leaders of the relevant religious or ethnic groups will not understand what all the fuss is about - but rather, emanate from the jobsworth overzealousness of an overpaid [taxpayer-funded] diversity officer with fuck-all to do with his time.
Result? Moronity on a grand scale.