Today is Easter Saturday. PM Cameron – currently on holiday in Lanzarote – reminded the Nation a few days ago that this is (still) a Christian country. In this context, one item of local news has made it into the national papers, albeit not prominently. You be the judge as to why that is! The headlines and how this is reported are quite instructive, too.


Muslim shopkeeper murdered in suspected ‘religiously prejudiced’ attack after posting on Facebook of love for Christians

Asad Shah, 40, a devout Muslim originally from the Pakistani city of Rabwah, had his head stamped on during a savage attack, according to one eyewitness. Around four hours earlier the victim wrote online: “Good Friday and a very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation.”Let’s follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds.”


Man arrested over ‘religiously prejudiced’ murder of Muslim shopkeeper

A devout Muslim shopkeeper was savagely killed in the street shortly after posting an Easter message “to my beloved Christian nation”. Asad Shah, 40, died from injuries sustained in the attack on Thursday night in which his killers are believed to have stabbed him and stamped on his head. Medics tried to save him but he died in hospital. Police Scotland, who have arrested a man in connection with the attack, said they were treating the death as “religiously prejudiced”.


Muslim charged after fellow Muslim who wished Christians ‘happy Easter’ brutally murdered

A MUSLIM man has been charged after a fellow Muslim who posted a “happy Easter” message on Facebook was brutally murdered. Popular shopkeeper Asad Shah was stabbed and then had his head stamped outside his shop in Minard Road, Glasgow around 9pm last night. It came just hours after the 40-year-old posted a message on Facebook wishing “a very happy Easter to my beloved Christian nation”. […] A 32-year-old man has today been arrested and charged with murder after the death of shopkeeper Mr Shah.Police Scotland said the death is being treated as “religiously prejudiced” and confirmed the accused is also Muslim.

Daily Mail

Murder of a man of peace: 

A newsagent was murdered by a fellow Muslim after he wished his Christian friends a peaceful Easter. Asad Shah, who was stabbed up to 30 times at his shop, had praised both the life of Jesus and ‘his beloved Christian nation’. Left lying in a pool of blood, the 40-year-old died in hospital. Police, who were questioning a 32-year-old suspect last night, said the killing was religiously motivated. Mohammad Faisal, a family friend, said a bearded Muslim wearing a long religious robe entered Mr Shah’s shop and spoke to him in his native language before stabbing him in the head with a kitchen knife.

Just in case we bystanders in this (still) Christian nation make too much of this “religiously prejudiced” crime, the report in the Guardian has this warning:


Man arrested after shopkeeper stabbed to death in Glasgow

Police say 32-year-old man arrested in connection with Asad Shah’s death, which is being treated as ‘religiously prejudiced’ […] Aamer Anwar, one of Scotland’s leading human rights lawyers, who knew Shah and recalled him as “a lovely man just doing his job”, earlier warned the Glasgow Southside community “not to jump to conclusions” as tributes to Shah poured in on social media under the hashtag #thisisnotwhoweare.

No indeed – let’s not jump to conclusions, but do let us open a hashtag, and ponder why this murder is ‘religiously prejudiced’ only, and not a ‘racially aggravated hate crime’ .

On this Easter Saturday the traditional ‘getaway’ is in full swing, as always


Easter travel chaos as transport network buckles under ‘perfect storm’

Road and rail repairs, Storm Katie, flight cancellations and extra-tight security at Britain’s ports, airports and Eurostar terminals mean those trying to get away for the bank holiday face a perfect storm of transport disruption. On Friday, about 22,000 passengers were expected to board Europe-bound trains at St Pancras. A queue snaked several hundred metres from the entrance to the station’s Eurostar terminal.


EASTER TRAVEL CHAOS: Eurostar passengers face long delays on busiest day of Bank Holiday

EUROSTAR passengers are facing long delays on the busiest day of the Easter bank holiday weekend due to a power failure and heightened security due to the Brussels bombings.The power outage resulted in trains being cancelled on Friday as passengers tried to get home or go on a short break to the continent over the long weekend.Frustrated passengers took to social media to complain of “mayhem” and “chaos” at London St Pancras International as they awaited information.

Still, that’s not as bad as “travelling” like this:

Daily Mail

Making a dash for Europe: 

Six migrants have been discovered hiding in cramped spaces in the false bottoms of vehicles operated by a mafia smuggling ring. The discoveries were made by the Spanish Civil Guard over a two-day period on the border between Morocco and the north African Spanish enclave of Melilla. All six were young men from Guinea and were travelling without documents, according to the Spanish authorities, while all three of the vehicles were found to have Moroccan number plates.

And it’s certainly more comfortable than travelling like this:


Calais migrants using makeshift RAFTS to cross channel as Britain braces for fresh influx

CALAIS migrants are now using homemade rafts to try and sneak into Britain amid warnings many are making increasingly desperate attempts to cross the Channel following the dismantling of the Jungle camp. French coastguard have reported a huge spike in the number of migrants being caught trying to make the crossing by water, with the Channel Tunnel and port entrances in and around Calais now extremely heavily guarded. The revelations come as charities revealed how ever increasing numbers of migrants are getting involved in a rush for the British border after France flattened half of the crime-ridden Jungle camp last month. Aid workers say many migrants fear it is only a matter of time before the rest of the shanty town is razed and are determined to sneak into the UK before the bulldozers move in. Most migrants do not want to move into state sanctioned accommodation, which comes equipped with electricity and heating, because authorities restrict their movements to prevent them from making illegal attempts to reach Britain.

Perhaps we might ask why “charities” like ‘No Borders’, and “Aid workers” who staged a mass invasion at the Macedonian Border with Greece earlier this month, in which three people died, cannot tell this illegal migrants that trying to cross the Channel on rafts might be suicidal …

But it’s not all an one-way traffic – some are actually leaving, as we hear from Turkey:


Turkish officials: Europe wanted to export extremists to Syria

Turkish officials have accused European governments of attempting to export their Islamic extremist problem to Syria, saying the EU has failed to secure its own borders or abide by pledges to share intelligence and cooperate in fighting the jihadist threat. The failures were outlined by Turkish officials to the Guardian through several documented instances of foreign fighters leaving Europe while travelling on passports registered on Interpol watchlists, arriving from European airports with luggage containing weapons and ammunition, and being freed after being deported from Turkey despite warnings that they have links to foreign fighter networks. The conversations with Turkish officials took place before the latest Isis-claimed terror attacks in Brussels, but those bombings and the attacks in Paris last November brought into stark relief Europe’s failings in tackling the threat from Europeans intent on travelling to Syria or Iraq to fight with Isis and then returned to carry out atrocities at home.“We were suspicious that the reason they want these people to come is because they don’t want them in their own countries,” a senior Turkish security official told the Guardian. “I think they were so lazy and so unprepared and they kept postponing looking into this until it became chronic.”The conversations with Turkish officials took place before the latest Isis-claimed terror attacks in Brussels, but those bombings and the attacks in Paris last November brought into stark relief Europe’s failings in tackling the threat from Europeans intent on travelling to Syria or Iraq to fight with Isis and then returned to carry out atrocities at home.

So it’s not really an ‘export’, is it, as these terrorists come back to the EU. The implications for our security have been made clear in Brussels on Tuesday.