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.
For the 8,200 U.S. personnel living here, and those serving throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility — including servicemembers, civilian personnel, contractors and family members — the month may require changing some daily routines.
Businesses and government offices will reduce hours and most restaurants will be closed during daylight hours.
While not required to fast during Ramadan, in Bahrain, Americans can be fined or detained by local authorities for eating, drinking or smoking in public when off-base during daylight hours.
The headline and comments at these blogs illustrate a cognitive dissonance between the hyperbolic charges being leveled by the Islamophobia industry and their enablers….and the primary source being used for the charge. Statements such “US military begin forced to submit to Shari’a”, and “our troops being forced to pray to the Muslim god” are rampant. It’s really saddening that otherwise seemingly intelligent people show such obtuse ignorance. Further, is it their own lack of education on this subject that prevents them from knowing that this has been the case in Islamic nations where we are stationed, for years….or is it merely convenient feigned outrage, and another chance to use POTUS’s middle name…because you know…wink, wink…he’s one of them.
The Ramadan rules being enforced in Bahrain [as referenced in the primary source], are part of Bahraini Penal Code 309. This means that businesses will be closed during the daylight hours, so service members used to stopping by one of the few Starbucks in Manama on their way to base [if they live off base], won’t be able to do so between dawn and sunset….one of the *gasp* charges made in the source.
Apparently, we’re so haughty that we should expect a sovereign nations laws to bend to our convenience…and when they do not, we cry ‘forcible submission to another religion!’
Ironically, the mouth breathers have shot themselves in the proverbial foot. Because if adhering to a host nations laws [fully comporting with the SOFA] equates to submission to a religion, then anytime I’m forced to listen to an invocation or benediction at a ceremony or government function….or am prohibited from buying alcohol or other shopping on Sundays…..I’m now being forced to submit to another religion.
But wait! I’m always hearing that simply being exposed to and inconvenienced by religious pomp and ceremony, doesn’t mean I’m being forced to abide by said faith. So are these who are seeking to be offended merely hypocrites…or is the Abrahamic god of Christians inferior to the Abrahamic god of Muslims?
I’m going with hypocrites.