You Really Can't Make This Stuff Up!
I found this interesting report on Blazing Cat Fur's blog:
The US Air Force banned Christian Gideon’s volunteers from the base in March, saying:
“They can place their literature within our facility, but they are not allowed to stand there and talk with applicants or hand them (the Bibles) out”
The question to be asked is: Does this same ban apply to Muslims and their literature on Islam? Take for example, the fact that US military personnel are not only expected to adhere to Islamic practices during Ramadan, they are actually having briefing sessions. From a report in the Stars and Stripes:
...US 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.
...Base cultural advisers have spent the last few weeks conducting Ramadan briefs to educate Americans about the holy month...(Ali) 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.
A few of the Rules to be followed: (Taken from Stars and Stripes):
* 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
* All consumption of alcohol by US military personnel is prohibited at any off base public venue in the US
Navy 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility during Ramadan.
While the rules are not torture, and it is not clear if this will be a blanket policy for all US Military bases, the real question that must be asked is: How much reciprocation do Christians (or any non-Muslims) receive from Muslims~In Our Own Countries? We are expected to respect a culture and views that are foreign, and indeed conflicting with our way of life, yet we must "respect" the foreign culture, while the foreign culture rejects anthing of ours. This is the height of politically correct stupidity.
Christians for the most part, do respect others. Now, it is time for Christians to start demanding that same level of respect for themselves. We are entering into dangerous territory when we allow our own beliefs to be sacrificed in the name of "political correctlness".