US soldiers are being forced to submit to Sharia Law during Ramadan. This not only is against the First Amendment, but also the UCMJ.
Being a soldier is a thankless job. You put your life on the line. You don’t get Christmas or Easter off. You get told during the shut down that your religious leader can’t come on base and preach to you or they will get an Article 15. Now, you are being told that they don’t care if you are Hindu, Jewish, Pagan, or Christian, you will submit to Sharia Law during Ramadan.
Our own troops are now being told that they must adhere to strict Sharia Law in the countries of Bahrain and all other Muslim countries to “respect” their holiday. More importantly, they are subject to Dawah (proselytizing) by an Islamic cultural adviser at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain and other military forced activities. Reports indicate that the religious fast will be in effect for all soldiers on base, as well as no smoking or alcohol for the entire month.
There is no equal time equivalent given to any other faith in service, and it is against the First Amendment for our government to force ANY religious activity on our soldiers. According to the UCMJ, forcing a soldier’s faith is punishable by Military Tribunal and Court Marshal.
I hope Secretary Chuck Hagel gets ready for the lawsuits about to commence and would love to point this out to the ACLU and ACLJ.
Stars and Stripes published the article entitled “US personnel in Bahrain prepare for Ramadan.” They quickly deleted the article when it was pointed out that this is against military regulations and implicates the Pentagon and Secretary Hagel with violations of the Constitution. Thanks to Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs, the internet archives, and several witnesses including our own Dawn Walker, we have a copy of what they actually wrote.
US personnel in Bahrain prepare for Ramadan
By Hendrick Simoes
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 26, 2014 (thanks to witness)
Ali Hassan, a base cultural adviser at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, briefs about 150 U.S. personnel about Islam, the Islamic lunar calender, and about customs and traditions during Ramadan, Tuesday.
MANAMA, Bahrain — 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.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamiccalendar. Officials expect Ramadan to begin at sunrise on Saturday, depending on when the new moon is sighted. The holy month lasts for approximately 30 days — until about July 28. For Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a month of fasting and devotion to God. Most Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, when families gather for Iftar — the meal that breaks the fast.
For the 8,200 U.S. personnel living here, and those serving throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility — including service members, 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.
Navy officials are requiring U.S. personnel to dress more conservatively off-base during Ramadan. Although not a requirement by Bahraini authorities, the Navy is demanding that men wear long-sleeved shirts and women wear sleeved blouses that cover their elbows. Also, men must wear long trousers, and women should wear pants or skirts that cover the knees.
Base cultural advisers have spent the last few weeks conducting Ramadan briefs to educate Americans about the holy month. Ali Hassan briefed about 150 personnel Tuesday about Islam, the lunar calendar and customs and traditions during Ramadan.
“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.
Hassan encouraged personnel to experience Iftar in a Ramadan tent, many of which are set up at various locations around Bahrain during the holy month and welcome non-Muslims.
“Make it a point to visit these tents while you’re here. You don’t know if you’ll ever come back to Bahrain in the future,” Hassan said during the brief.
While the tents offer a more traditional atmosphere, many restaurants put aside their regular menus during the month and serve special Iftar dinners.
Things to Know During Ramadan:
Eating, drinking, chewing and smoking in public are civil offenses in some Islamic countries.
Men should wear long sleeves and pants. Women’s sleeves should extend below the elbow and pants or skirts should cover the knees.
Avoid critical remarks about fasting or any religious practice.
Most restaurants will be closed except those in 4- and 5-star hotels.
Businesses alter and reduce hours during the day; some open at night until early morning hours.
Arabs are good hosts and may offer you food or refreshments during daylight hours. Such offers should be declined.
All consumption of alcohol by U.S. military personnel is prohibited at any off base public venue in the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility during Ramadan.
It’s customary to say ‘Ramadan Kareem’ during Ramadan.
There are hundreds of examples that Sharia Law is incompatible with US Laws and the US Constitution. To force our soldiers to go against their religion, or to submit to a religion or a foreign government, is an unlawful order. To subject them to laws outside the Constitution which they are sworn to uphold, or the UCMJ which governs them, is treason. To the Provost Marshal at the Pentagon, it is past time for you to do your job. I shouldn’t have to come out of military medical retirement to show you, who outranks me, how to write a warrant.
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