Letters: Paris killers not acting for Islam

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, second left, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, right, arrive to lay a wreath outside Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. Picture: AP
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, second left, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, right, arrive to lay a wreath outside Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. Picture: AP
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After the carnage of Paris, Dr Taj Hargey, who is Director of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford, points out that like all Islamic fanatics, the Charlie Hebdo murderers loathe liberal values and freedom of speech.

Driven by their wilfully perverted misinterpretation of their Muslim faith, they want authoritarian rule across Western Europe, complete with dogmatic oppression and Sharia courts.

Dr Taj Hargey points out that nowhere does the Koran sanction murder in the name of defending the Prophet’s reputation and that the murderers took it upon themselves to act as judge, jury and executioners.

In doing so they betrayed Islam.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Dr Taj Hargey and it is to be hoped that more Muslim leaders will expose those who preach violence and deride the apologists who blamed those murdered in Paris of being “provocative”.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Murphy’s match day booze plan is madness

Jim Murphy was quoted recently saying that he wants football clubs to sell alcohol inside their grounds on match days.

This somehow goes against the views of Wetherspoons, (the largest pub chain in the UK), who are refusing to show the Rangers v Celtic semi-final on February 1 in any of its nine Glasgow bars.

It seems everyone but Jim believes that if fans get “boozed up” there are serious fears of violence.

As it is, the police are checking with all bars in Glasgow to ensure that security is beefed up for the forthcoming match.

I’m sure that recent trouble at Ibrox, last Friday, and at Tynecastle during the last round of the cup, has finally dealt Jim’s views the death knell.

Perhaps Jim should have run his idea past his researchers, before putting this one out to the Press.

Alun Thomas, Sinclair Close, Edinburghh

Educate don’t legislate alcohol consumption

So Dr Jean Turner thinks an anti-booze strategy is the way to cut consumption of alcohol (News, January 21).

Shall we soon see a form of prohibition or go back to the old days of pubs shutting at 10pm? I lived through those days when people bought as much as they could in the last ten minutes, threw it down their throats then staggered out into the streets.

Proper education is the way, not prevention. The last time that was tried it gave birth to the organisation we know as the Mafia.

David Lambert, Edinburgh

Driver acted heroically when bus hit with brick

I was on the service 21 bus travelling from Broomhouse to Trinity last Monday (January 19) around 6.45pm when someone threw a brick or something similar at the bus as it was going round the roundabout at Crewe Toll. I think it was dropped from the bridge by the Fire Station and it cracked the windscreen.

I want to praise the actions of the driver who remained calm, stopped the bus at the next available bus stop and inspected the damage. When he realised the extent, he apologised profusely to the passengers, explained what had happened and advised them on what to do (wait for the next bus, show their tickets to the driver, etc.) He was excellent in what could have been a very sticky situation, and a credit to the company.

As for those responsible for the incident, I hope they get their comeuppance for what was an extremely irresponsible and quite frankly idiotic thing to do. It was purely due to the driver that it wasn’t more serious.

Ewan Walker, Peveril Terrace, Inch, Edinburgh

Consider a rewarding career in construction

It is gratifying to see the latest Scottish GDP figures showing further growth in the construction sector during the third quarter of 2014.

However, those buoyant headline figures don’t necessarily tell the full story. We have yet to see corresponding improvements in industry employment, which actually fell by 7000 over the 12 months to September.

The industry has traditionally played an important role within the Scottish economy in providing high quality employment opportunities in large numbers. Currently, whilst generating impressive levels of output, employment within the industry remains low. That is not a sustainable situation and points to major challenges for the industry’s recovery.

Industry and government must work together to encourage many more young people to enter the industry. Construction can offer excellent training and development opportunities and genuinely fulfilling long-term career prospects. With growing demand across a wide range of roles, there has never been a better time to consider a career in construction.

Vaughan Hart, Managing Director, Scottish Building Federation, Crichton’s Close, Edinburgh

Patriotic Corries sang of Scotland’s struggle

elma J Crighton and Neil Barber (Letters, January 19) think Flower of Scotland is too anti-English in its sentiment.

Would they prefer These are my Mountains sung by Andy and Jack the Alexander Brothers who were entertainers against the Scottish Assembly in 1979?

The Corries were patriotic Scots who sang of our struggle to become a nation. England was the Auld Enemy and it would seem they still are. I have English friends but I still want an independent Scottish nation and equal membership of the British Commonwealth.

Why can’t they wish us well or at least set up a federal system in the UK which is better than Westminster rule for south-east England’s benefit?

Colin Smail, Viewforth Gardens, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh