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British police officers have been warned not to ask people for their "Christian names" because they might risk offending people of different faiths, the Daily Mail reported.
Under the strict new "diversity guidelines," law enforcement agents in Kent, U.K.. have also been told to avoid certain greetings and phrases, including "Evening all," "my dear" or "love." Such terms might cause offense, creators of the guidelines warn.
The new rules, revealed to the Daily Mail through Freedom of Information laws, advise police not to shake hands when greeting people, not to use slang when
Originally posted by StevenDye
So I guess when people of 'other faiths' claim it is offensive to them to pay taxes, the government will bring in laws that say they don't have to.
Enough of this PC nonsense, show me the figures which show thousands of people complaining over these tiny things.
Originally posted by blupblup
Wow...from the bastion of truth and light that is the daily mail
I don't refer to anyone's name as their "Christian" name..
I'm not sure why, In a secular society, those that police should refer to it as such either.
Given name or just "Name" is fine I think.
The 62-page 'Faith and Culture Resource' booklet produced by the force's diversity support group sets out customs and practices in a number of religions and beliefs including paganism and rastafarianism.
In it, officers are told to offer to remove their shoes on entering people's homes as some religions frown upon shoes being worn inside the home.
Other handy tips for police include wiping their feet to get rid of mud when entering a gypsy's trailer and not to put a cup of proffered tea on the floor as this could offend their standards of cleanliness.
The booklet also contains a section on appropriate terms to describe ethnic origin, suggesting 'mixed parentage' or 'mixed cultural heritage' should be used instead of 'mixed race'.
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Scotland Yard recently instructed officers not to use the phrase ‘gang rape’, because the term was considered too emotive.
Instead they were told to refer to the crime as ‘multi-perpetrator rapes’.
A Freedom of Information request to police forces and fire services has also revealed that a number of organisations, including Essex Police and Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, instruct staff to avoid the words ‘child, youth or youngster’.
Addressing someone as a ‘girl’ or a ‘boy’ could have ‘connotations of inexperience, impetuosity and unreliability, or even dishonesty’, according to official guidance.
The same guide also warns against the phrases ‘manning the phones’, ‘layman’s terms’ and ‘the tax man’, for ‘making women invisible’.