Let's get this out of the way first. This story has very little do with Muslims and a LOT to do with the left.
There is no doubt that living near a sandwich shop that serves hot food can be unpleasant at times. Anywhere that cooks food will have some sort of smell coming out of it, and that smell will not always be a pleasant one! These factors are always considered whenever planning permission is given for a place of business such as this, and when any extensions are made to the business. Conversely, it is also taken into account when house prices are considered - so someone buying a residence near a place where food is professionally cooked will almost certainly pay a lower price for the property than they would if the restaurant or shop did not exist. Therefore, the free market allows prospective buyers to place a value on the inconvenience and work out whether the asking price matches compensates enough for that inconvenience and/or discomfort. So a £160,000 home may sell for $120,000 if there is a strong smell coming from next door. The prospective buyer has to work out if that added inconvenience of the smell is worth £40,000. If it is, they buy the house, if not they go elsewhere.
This is what has happened in Shaw Heath in Stockport. Yet, with the basic replacement of an extractor fan, the next door neighbours to the "Snack Shack" have complained about the smell. This case would of course not be a case - they knew the risks, they knew the smell, and the replacement of a fan does not alter that.
However, the next door neighbours have been sneaky, and made a political statement that would set alarm bells ringing in the heads of the Stockport Council - a Council which is dominated by the hard-left Liberal Democrats. The neighbours wisely stated that the smell of bacon was offending Muslim visitors to the house.
Of course, this pushed the panic button in the Chambers of Stockport Borough Council, who immediately retroactively denied the restaurant permission for the fan (can you even do that?) meaning that the store has had to remove the fan. I am not sure how the business is now operating, but Stockport is an area that was hard hit by the recession, sandwich shops are not exactly corporations and I wouldn't be at all surprised if this decision is not making it extremely difficult for them to stay in business. Over-sensitive lefties have attacked a hard-working business just on the basis that they might have inconvenienced the most protected group in our society.
Once again it shows that the Left always respond whenever Muslims are seen to be offended - even those who might only be a visitor to somewhere once every blue moon. We have seen it in the last week with the firing of Juan Williams at NPR, and we see it on a daily basis all over the world - the Left are absolutely terrified of offending Islam in even the most minor way. The left have no problem putting Christians and other groups through the mill and making all sorts of hateful comments about them, but offend a Muslim even accidentally, and it is as if the world is going to cave in.
This isn't just political correctness, it is cowardice. These people are sensitive to Islam because they are scared of its radical elements getting angry. The whole left-wing approach to radical Islam has been to lay down and surrender until they are no longer angry with us, and this has been extended to all Islam. It is time for this to stop! It is not Islam that is the problem, it is the left who mollycoddle Muslims as perpetual victims that are the problem. Do they really believe that this will lead to greater integration in our society? Do they not see that it will lead to anger, intolerance and divided communities, as it has done already?
Everyone must be treated equally under the law in a civilised democracy - special exceptions made to so-called "persecuted" groups is not the answer. It also sends a message to radical Islam that there methods are working, as our politicians are bending over backwards to meet their every need, all out of fear.
So, if you live in Stockport - go to Beverley's Snack Shack and buy 10 bacon butties......EACH!!