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Appeasement Puts the 'Mad' in 'Ramadan'
by David J. Rusin • Sep 10, 2008 at 11:34 am
Muslims are not the only ones who follow special practices for Ramadan, which coincides with September this year. While adherents of the Islamic faith fast from dawn till dusk, adherents of the multicultural faith spend the month bending over backwards to accommodate Muslim needs, both real and imagined. Three fresh examples come to us courtesy of European officialdom.
In France, a court has postponed a trial after a lawyer argued that starting it in the middle of Ramadan would leave the defendant at a disadvantage:
Government minister Fadela Amara slammed the ruling, calling it a "knife wound" in France's renowned secularism. And she is a Muslim.
Across the channel, Her Majesty's Prison Service has spent £25,000 — almost $50,000 — on metal lunchboxes so Muslims incarcerated at Belmarsh Prison can keep their meals warm as they wait for the sundown feast. Some have questioned the wisdom of granting this privilege to convicts, many of whom are Muslim extremists, including hook-handed preacher Abu Hamza:
A Prison Service spokesman argued that the role of incarceration is not to restrict religious practice. True enough. However, one imagines that feeding all convicts cold sandwiches might have been a cheaper solution.
Finally, an East London town council has asked its members to adhere to Islamic mores during meetings this month, so as not to offend Muslims. That means no food or drink before sunset and a long recess for the traditional fast-breaking. Columnist Stephen Pollard sums it up best:
Enjoy that chocolate while you can, Stephen.