Some religions are more special than others if we go by the orders coming down from our military brass.
Stars and Stripes reports that the military lifestyles in Bahrain must change for a month to abide by the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. This is the same Army that ordered the words “Merry Christmas” replaced with “Merry Holiday” and “Christmas celebration” replaced with “Holiday celebration” last Christmas.
An individual in the Army can say Christmas, but an organization in the Army can’t say “Christmas”.
Townhall reported in May 2013 that Air Force personnel cannot proselytize but can express their personal religious beliefs as long as it “does not make others uncomfortable.” That means even one person can report anyone. One soldier was told to remove his bible from his desk.
“When on duty or in an official capacity, Air Force members are free to express their personal religious beliefs as long as it does not make others uncomfortable,” one Lt. Col. Laurel Tingley said in a statement to Fox News. “Proselytizing (inducing someone to convert to one’s faith) goes over that line.”
Tingley said Air Force leaders “must avoid the actual or apparent use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion.”
The Air Force has omitted “So Help Me God” from their oath. The Navy has eliminated the Navy Jack because it might remind people of the tea party. If a chaplain mentions anything religious or if anyone hangs Christmas decorations, it might offend an atheist or Muslim or whoever and that is now banned in many locales. In fact, the atheists want godless chaplains.
One must recall the banning of Christmas cards from children to sick vets in VA hospitals last Christmas.
We see U.S. flags being banned throughout the country and God is being removed from all public venues to whatever degree the godless can make that happen.
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it lasts for 30 days. It’s a month of fasting and devotion to God. We say that seriously as many Muslim countries continue to hang gays and ISIS continues to torture, rape and murder Alawites (peaceful Muslims) and Christians.
Yet there is a case for abiding by the cultural demands of the country where our personnel are living.
The 8,200 US personnel living in Bahrain will have to act like they’re fasting (though they don’t have to actually fast) or they will be fined or detained by local authorities for eating, drinking or smoking in public when off-base. Men must wear long trousers and women should wear clothing that covers the knees.
Bahrain, which is known for its own atrocities, according to Human Rights groups, can mandate to us while we are there protecting them.
Our military have to abide by the Muslim religious customs while in other countries and we cater to them stateside as well, but we cannot honor our own traditional religious customs. We supposedly have freedom of religion.
“It actually made me want to do a lot more research into the religion,” said Petty Officer 1st Class James Ramirez. He said the additional requirements during the month aren’t a big deal to him. “For such a small period of time, it’s a small sacrifice,” he said.
Other service members echoed that sentiment.
Maybe so, but what about our customs?
What do you think?