Sensitivity or bias?
This link was posted on a forum that you read, and it caught your eye:
Police to avoid Ramadan Arrests
If a person fails to turn up at court, then they should be arrested at any time, anyplace.
Police: We are here to arrest you, you are wanted on warrant.
Wanted Criminal: I’m just praying, can you come back in a month when my religious festival is over?
Police: Yes of course, no problem. Here’s my phone number, let me know when we can arrest you.
One member couldn’t have summed up the situation better:
‘If I ever have a warrant out for me, and in the unlikely event the police here ever adopt such tactics, I shall form my own religion, declare an annual, 365 day long 'religious occasion' and request the police don't arrest me during that time.’
The News article states clearly:
'Greater Manchester Police confirmed it had asked detectives not to make planned arrests during those periods for reasons of religious sensitivity.'
Is this situation the same as the Muslim Cartoons, where Officers were ordered to stand by and not arrest people commiting offences because it could cause problems? You say this, what an absolute breach of the Oath.
You draw attention to this part of it, took by every Police Officer in England and Wales:
'with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality'
When a religion other than christianity is involved, is this oath made void and a new one put in place? Because that seems to be the case.
If people don't attend court when they should, then they must realise that whatever they are doing, wherever they are doing it, is not important. They gave up the freedom to decide, when they broke the law.
It seems the Police Force is treading on egg shells, when it doesn't even need to.