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Fetish Goths hounded off bus

A bus company in Yorkshire is facing accusations of discrimination against alternative lifestyles after a Goth leading his girlfriend on a leash was stopped from boarding a bus:
"Our primary concern is passenger safety and while the couple are very welcome to travel on our buses, we are asking that Miss Maltby remove her dog lead before boarding the bus.
"It could be dangerous for the couple and other passengers if a driver had to brake sharply while Miss Maltby was wearing the lead."
Which raises the issue of when does something becomes discrimination. Is there a difference between Goths (who, in this case, are presumably BDSM fetishists or Goreans or something as well; AFAIK, this sort of thing is not a fundamental part of the Goth subculture) leading each other on leashes and, say, some Muslim women covering their faces? Both behaviours are at odds with the accepted social norms. If there is a difference, is it because religious justficiations automatically bear more weight than non-religious ones?

While we're on the subject of multiculturalism in the UK: a childrens' educational CD-ROM based on the story of the Three Little Pigs has been rejected from a government agency's annual awards because it may offend Muslims.

There are 3 comments on "Fetish Goths hounded off bus":

Posted by: Derek Wed Jan 23 18:53:38 2008

AFAIK, you can't discriminate against religion because people are (usually) born into their religion, and thus have little choice in the matter.

Posted by: acb Wed Jan 23 22:56:21 2008

No, you're thinking of race. Religion is, by definition, a matter of conscience.

Posted by: Derek Thu Jan 24 01:07:19 2008

FWIW, I'm an atheist so I don't give a crap about religion. I just ponder the fact that it's grouped together with gender and race. I figure it's because, until recently (like a few hundred years ago), changing your religion, or becoming an atheist, meant a quick trip to the torture chamber or stoning pit.

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