The diary of a Saudi man, currently living in the United Kingdom, where the Religious Police no longer trouble him for the moment.
In Memory of the lives of 15 Makkah Schoolgirls, lost when their school burnt down on Monday, 11th March, 2002. The Religious Police would not allow them to leave the building, nor allow the Firemen to enter.
...comes this jolly joke from part-time schoolteacher and Palestinian immigrant to Britain, Mazin Albarq.
He was taking a class of 13- and 14-year-olds at St Bede's Catholic School in Lanchester, Co Durham, in the north-east of England, perhaps having a bit of a discipline problem, when he wittily quipped"Behave or I'll put a bomb on your bus."
How the children laughed! You see, it was an example of a topical joke
. The fact that on 7/7, another Muslim had actually blown up a bus in London, made it all the more funny.
What a shame that some of the children and parents tried to spoil the fun by pretending not to "get it".The parent of one 14-year-old said: "Children who use the school bus were terrified. It was surely meant as a joke but in the present climate there was nothing remotely funny."
Another parent said his 13-year-old daughter arrived home in tears after the school bus journey.
However, the Joker from Jericho was genuinely puzzled...Mr Albarq, father of a primary age pupil, said at his home in Darlington, Co Durham: "How sad that a joke can cause such a fuss."
Sad indeed. He repaid the hospitality of the English by trying to make them laugh, and look what happened. It just shows what a miserable lot they are.(Daily Mirror 19/10/2005)