US Soldiers Forced to Fast During Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan

The Christian Post reported that the US Army had “removed a cross that was prominently placed on the front of a chapel located at the remote base of Camp Marmal in Northern Afghanistan. . . . [O]fficials said that having a permanent sectarian image on the chapel violated army regulations. . . . One soldier referred to the decision and the regulation behind it as ‘a direct attack against Christianity and Judaism.’”

This isn’t the first time Christianity had been an issue in Afghanistan. Bibles translated into Afghan languages were sent to a U.S. soldier at a base in Afghanistan. Here’s how CNN reported the story in 2009:

“Military personnel threw away, and ultimately burned, confiscated Bibles that were printed in the two most common Afghan languages amid concern they would be used to try to convert Afghans, a Defense Department spokesman said Tuesday.

“The unsolicited Bibles sent by a church in the United States were confiscated about a year ago at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan because military rules forbid troops of any religion from proselytizing while deployed there, Lt. Col. Mark Wright said.

“Such religious outreach can endanger American troops and civilians in the devoutly Muslim nation, Wright said.”

The assumption of so many liberals is that there is such a thing as religious neutrality. The claim is made that if we put our religion aside, Muslims will see that as a gesture of good will and not impose their religion on us.

The belief is that accommodation is the way to win a Muslim’s heart and mind.

This is not how a Muslim thinks. Islam is a religion of force. If a non-Muslim does not convert, he or she will be taxed. If a Muslim decides to leave the Muslim faith, that person can be executed.

We’re seeing the impact of radical Islam in Iraq. There are mass executions.

Now we’re being told that soldiers must observe the dietary restrictions of the Muslim season of Ramadan:

“[Because of the dietary laws] U.S. soldiers are worried that they won’t be able to adequately defend their posts.

“Muslims fast during Ramadan from dawn until dusk and expect anyone in their presence, regardless of their own religion, to do the same. Those who are spotted eating or drinking during the holy season can be put to death.

“But in the hot Middle Eastern summer, many U.S. servicemen are worried they won’t be able to carry out their duties without at least drinking water throughout the day.”

Is this what we’ve spent maybe a trillion dollars on and thousands of dead American soldiers, not to mention all the wounded as well as untold thousands of innocent victims of these unwinnable wars? What do Americans think will happen if our accommodation practices ever become law in the United States? Will public school children be forced to comply? How about businesses?

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