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Troops Told To Not Eat Or Drink In Front of Muslims During Ramadan

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According to Fox News, United States troops stationed in the Middle East have been given an order to refrain from eating or drinking anything in front of Muslims during the month-long Ramadan holiday and educate themselves about their religion and its traditions.

An email was reportedly sent to military personnel from the Uniformed Services University (USU) of the Health Sciences requesting that they express to soldiers the importance of respecting Muslims and learning more about Ramadan, which is a time in which those who follow the Islam faith fast during daylight hours, reports Fox News.

“This is a period of great restraint and commitment in addition to renewed focus on worship,” wrote Brigade Commander Col. Kevin Glasz. “I’d like to encourage you to learn just a little more about this religion, but more importantly, I’m asking you to be considerate and do not consume food or drink in front of our Muslim colleagues; it is a simple, yet respectful action.”

A link to a website about Islam was provided to troops and they were urged to read up on Ramadan.

Navy officials have also reportedly been asked to dress modestly – to wear long sleeves and cover themselves – while off base.

But these directives are not in line with how Christians are being treated, some argue. Last year, soldiers in Mississippi were reportedly instructed not to use the word “Christmas” and a Nativity scene near the Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina was reportedly removed after a complaint was received about it.

“Our troops are being told to respect the Muslim Ramadan and encouraged to say ‘Ramadan Kareem,’ while at the same time they cannot have a cross on chapels, display a manger scene or say ‘Merry Christmas’ for fear of offending,” said Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. “There is something wrong with this picture.”

And some members of the military reportedly agree with this statement.

“I respect the intentions behind this email, but not that there is no similar call for honoring other faiths,” one Marine told Fox News. “There is no similar invitation for non-Jewish colleagues to refrain from eating leavened products during Passover, or non-Christian colleagues to refrain from eating meat during Lent. Our veterans have sacrificed too much blood, sweat and tears to have their own rights and freedoms be sacrificed on the altar of progressive political correctness.”

Source: Fox News

Photo Credit: Public Affairs Office Fort Wainwright/Flickr, Hadi Mizban/AP Photo

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