Not trying to stir up shit...
For years now, in the company I work for, there have been emails from Sr. management alerting us to the sensitivities of Muslims during the month of Ramadan.
Frankly I think non-muslims are getting fed up.
This is the first year I see email reactions on the "be sensitive to fasting colleagues" emails... One of the funnier emails detailed all the different religions and their sensitivities during this very same month...
Mashi'yyat of the Baha'i faith celebrated on Sept 27th 2007
Fall Ohigon of the Budist faith celebrated on Sept 23rd 2007
Pavarana marking the end of the Rains retreat, Budist, celebrated on Sept 30th 2007
Sri Krishana of Hinduisim (already over) celebrated on Sept 3rd to mark the birthday of Krishna, the eighth incarnation of the God Vishnu
Ganesh Chaturthi of Hinduisim Celebrated on Sept 15th to celebrate Ganesh the God of Success
Paryushana-Parva of Jainism, celebrated Sept 8th marking the holiest period of the year for ascetic Shvetamara sect. This is celebrated for 8 days concluding on Samvatsara and includes dedication through fasting to Jain ideals and worship of Jina and reading the life-story of Lord Mahavira from the Kalpasutra.
Samvastari of Jainism, the last day of the holy period of Paryushana-parva observing confession and penance. (Sept 15th)
Ananta-chaturdasi of Jainism (September 25th) The festival of 10 virtues is the holiest day of Dashalakshani-parva
Ksamavani of Jainism (Sept 26th)
Rosh Hashanah of Juaism (Sept 13 and 14th) (Which conflicts with Islam in that they advocate eating apples and honey and other sweet foods for a "sweet new year.", so I was curious as to how much wiggle room we have between the conflicting faiths of Islam's fasting and Judaism's eating of sweets, which should we follow?
Yom Kippur of Judaism, Sept 22nd
Sukkot of Judaism (Sept 27th)
Shuki-sorei-sai of the Shinto Religion (Sept 23 2006)
Ghambar Paitishem of Zorastrianism which celebrates the creation of the Earth and the harvesting of the summer crop (probably with eating, perhaps there is wiggle room here as well, since eliminating snacks may offend this religion since this is the time to celebrate the creation of the Earth and the harvesting of the summer crop..so which rules do we follow, I am again confused)
So in calling for "understanding" during the Muslim holy month, why are we neglecting doing the same for the dozens of other religions out there ?
(Militant ?) Islam has pulled the greates PR
stunt in recent history, with the entire world walking on tippy-toes just not to offend them...
My view is religion in a PRIVATE affair, and one person's religion should not affect another person's agenda or modus operandi.
But maybe I'm just being an insesnitive git.
However I'm having a hard time imagining similar calls for understanding for the Christian Faith in muslim countries...
We are being railroaded people...