Politics and religion are two topics you probably don’t want to discuss on a public train, especially when it comes to insulting another’s belief. However, for those who still feel the need to do so, what happened on one train in London may just be enough to persuade you otherwise. Or then again, it may not.
The heated debate started as a 27-year-old mother, named Ruby Butler was relaxing on a train in the London Overground with her feet up on the seat next to her. Out of nowhere an elderly muslim man decided to let his feelings be heard.
As seen in the video below, the man attacks Butler by saying, “I cannot sit there. I cannot pray with my clothes on, OK? And I travel every day.”
At first Butler reacts in a calm manner, by simply agreeing and saying, “It’s really not. I’m tired and I had a long day.” But then the elderly man continues with his rant, telling the non-muslim Butler that she should be in prison for putting her feet up. This is when other passengers on the train decided to speak up against the man.
A passenger toward the back of the train says, “This is England,” at which point the man responds, “Don’t argue with me. I know this is England, I was born here. I have as much right as you have, OK?”
This is then taken a step further when this passenger gets up to exit the train and tells the elderly man not to “belittle” him, in which the man responds,
“What you going to do, you going to hit me? I’m not frightened of any of you. I’ll get the police,” as he looks to his phone and appears to start dialing.
This is when Butler began to take thing a little more serious as she understandably becomes aggravated, and starts to throw some verbal punches of her own.
“This is all because I have my feet on the chair,” Butler says. “Please, get the police. I want you to get the police sir. If they can arrest me for putting my feet on the chair, then I will gladly be arrested. I don’t have the same religion as you sir. I pray with my shoes on everyday. I am Christian.”
As he steps off of the train, Butler, obviously very aggravated at this point exclaims, “But listen, this is not a Muslim country!”
Obviously things got heated, because this man decided to force his religious beliefs onto someone who does not believe the same things he does. Muslims, as many of us are aware, are not able to pray with their shoes on if they are dirty or contain any “impurities”. While, Butler’s final comment may seem a bit harsh to some, the United Kingdom is still considered a “Christian country”, as the Prime Minister David Cameron told onlookers this past Easter. This doesn’t mean Muslims like this elderly man are not free to practice their religion, but no one should try and force their beliefs onto another person like he tried to do. This never ends well, and while this man did not like what this woman was doing, he surely knows the laws in a country where he was born. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, he just wasn’t having a good day.