Our troops must adhere to the Shariah during the Islamic month of Ramadan in Bahrain and other Muslim countries. Stars and Stripes reported last Thursday that “U.S. personnel accustomed to drinking their coffee on the drive to work will have to put that habit on hold for about a month. It’s one of a few lifestyle changes Americans will have to make during the holy month of Ramadan.”
Stars and Stripes also published a list of “Things to Know during Ramadan,” including: “Eating, drinking, chewing and smoking in public are civil offenses in some Islamic countries”; “Men should wear long sleeves and pants. Women’s sleeves should extend below the elbow and pants or skirts should cover the knees”; “Avoid critical remarks about fasting or any religious practice”; “Arabs are good hosts and may offer you food or refreshments during daylight hours. Such offers should be declined”; “All consumption of alcohol by U.S. military personnel is prohibited at any off base public venue in the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility during Ramadan”; and “It’s customary to say ‘Ramadan Kareem’ during Ramadan.”
Subjected to dawah (Islamic proselytizing) by an Islamic cultural adviser at the Naval Support Activity, soldiers are forced to sit through lessons on Islam: “Base cultural advisers have spent the last few weeks conducting Ramadan briefs to educate Americans about the holy month. Ali Hassan briefed about 150 personnel Tuesday about Islam, the lunar calendar and customs and traditions during Ramadan.” The report also says that Hassan “encouraged personnel to experience Iftar in a Ramadan tent, many of which are set up at various locations around Bahrain during the holy month and welcome non-Muslims.”
This is what the Obama administration and the U.S. military are obsessed with as armies of jihad tear through the Middle East and Africa. In the context of what’s happening in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, this is practically criminal. The global jihad is slashing, burning and slaughtering through huge swaths of the Middle East, subsuming whole countries under its hegemony, and this is our focus?
Stars and Stripes also quoted Petty Officer 1st Class James Ramirez saying this about all the regulations about Ramadan observance for U.S. soldiers: “It actually made me want to do a lot more research into the religion.” You can see the Muslim “base cultural advisers” laughing up their sleeves as their proselytizing for Islam begins to have an effect. How about equal time for the Jewish faith? The Christian faith? The Hindu faith?
The idea that anyone who is not a Muslim must stop eating (except in secret) during Ramadan is another example of Islamic supremacism. Unlike Jewish law, which pertains only to Jews, and Canon Law, which pertains only to Catholics, the Shariah asserts its totalitarian authority over non-Muslims. This supremacism is open and unapologetic in Saudi Arabia: International Business Times reported Thursday that the Saudis have “threatened to deport any non-Muslim foreigners who don’t respect the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan by eating, drinking or smoking in public. An interior ministry statement on the official SPA state news agency urges non-Muslim expatriates in the kingdom to ‘respect the sentiments of Muslims by not eating, drinking or smoking during Ramadan’s daylight hours in public places, including roads and workplaces.’”
The statement goes on to say explicitly that this applies to non-Muslims: “They are not excused for being non-Muslim … anyone living in this country should follow the laws of the Kingdom, including respecting religious sentiments.”
During the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Jews fast from sunup to sundown. Nowhere and at no time has the idea of Jews demanding that no one else eat, either, has ever been considered. Nor should it be.
The idea that our servicemen and women cannot have a coffee on their drive to work is outrageous and indicative of how far the West has gone in the norming of the Shariah. Muslims eat a giant meal before sunup, but our boys and girls can’t have a coffee while we defend their countries? Supremacism and submission.
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