You learn a lot of things in the United States military. Including not to eat or drink in front of Muslims, and to learn more about their religion. At least, that’s according to recent reports from Fox News.
Apparently, that directive was released to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, which is a Department of Defense medical and graduate school in Maryland. The instructions were released just before the start of Ramadan.
“This is a period of great personal restraint and commitment in addition to renewed focus on worship,” Brigade Commander Col. Kevin Glasz wrote. “I’d like to encourage you to learn just a little more about this religion, but more importantly, I’m asking you to be considerate and do not consume food or drink in front of our Muslim colleagues; it is a simple, yet respectful action.”
In his email, the brigade commander provided a link to a website about Islam.
The announcement received some backlash from some of the officers and doctors who were in training.
“I respect the intention behind this email, but note that there is no similar call honoring other faiths,” one Marine told a Fox News reporter. “There is no similar invitation for non-Jewish colleagues to refrain from eating leavened products during Passover, or non-Christian colleagues to refrain from eating meat during Lent.”
The Marine continued on to conclude, “Our veterans have sacrificed too much blood, sweat and tears to have their own rights and freedoms be sacrificed on the altar of progressive political correctness.”
“Our troops are being told to respect the Muslim Ramadan and encouraged to say ‘Ramadan Kareem,’ while at the same time they cannot have a cross on chapels, display a manger scene or say ‘Merry Christmas’ for fear of offending,” another officer said. “There is something wrong with this picture.”
While we are not against religious tolerance, if the institution is attempting to make a statement, shouldn’t it be supporting all religions equally?