Muslim clerics are incensed by the new body scanners. They say it is against their religion to be seen naked.
It's true. There is little point insisting that women are covered from head to foot if they can be gawped at in all their nakedness by an operative in pebble glasses and a dirty mac who is so repellent they have to hide him in a little room of his own. With washable walls.
Likewise, it is true that Islam forbids the viewing of male nakedness by women.
Those are religious rules and I have no problem with them. I don't want to go through a scanner and hear giggling from an adjoining room either. There is nothing wrong with not wanting to be seen naked. It's not fundamentalist. It's just plain old embarrassment. It's actually, you know, quite British to be embarrassed at such things.
It's going to make flying difficult for Muslims though. If they refuse to be scanned they'll be sent away. It's not really discriminatory. Anyone refusing gets sent home. Muslims have been ordered to refuse by their clerics, so don't try pinning this one on Whitey.
Will they be refused travel? This is, after all, the land of the politically correct appeasement brigade. So will they decide that Muslims will get a free pass and escape the scanners that the rest of us will still have to go through? I can see it happening, and I can see the PC loons saying how wonderful such a measure would be because they are all too dim to see the point.
In the current climate, such a move would render the scanners absolutely and totally pointless.
But then, they always were, really.