#1 "The Chinese Government Sure Doesn't Fool Around With Their Muslem Population !"
09-10-2008, 09:55 PM
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Curbs Imposed on Muslims in Western China During Ramadan
BEIJING — Local governments in a Muslim desert region in western China have imposed strict limits on religious practices during the traditional Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began last week, according to the Web sites of four of those governments.
The rules include prohibiting women from wearing veils and men from growing beards, as well as barring government officials from observing Ramadan. One town, Yingmaili, requires that local officials check up on mosques at least twice a week during Ramadan.
The local governments administer areas in the western part of Xinjiang, a vast autonomous region that is home to the Uighurs, a Muslim Turkic people who often chafe under rule by the ethnic Han Chinese. In August, a wave of attacks swept through Xinjiang, the largest surge of violence in the region in years. Some local officials blamed separatist groups for the instability, and the central government sent security forces to the area.
The limits on religious practices put in place by local governments appear to be part of the broader security crackdown. The areas affected by the new rules are near Kuqa, a town struck by multiple bombings on Aug. 10.
It was unclear whether the rules would be relaxed after Ramadan, an observance that some Islamic extremists have used elsewhere as a symbolic backdrop for attacks on their perceived enemies. It was also unclear how the Chinese authorities intended to enforce the rules, which appeared to run the risk of antagonizing devout Muslims who present no obvious security threat.
The Web site of the town of Yingmaili lists nine rules put in place to “maintain stability during Ramadan.”
They include barring teachers and students from observing Ramadan, prohibiting retired government officials from entering mosques and requiring men to shave off beards and women to doff veils.
Mosques cannot let people from outside of town stay overnight and restaurants must maintain normal hours of business. Because of the sunrise-to-sunset fasting, many restaurants would normally close during daytime for Ramadan.
09-11-2008, 02:00 AM
Muslim workers' lunch break talks break down in Colorado
A union official in Greeley, Colo., said about 200 workers have been suspended after walking out of JBS Swift & Co. on Friday, saying they were not allowed to take a lunch break at sunset to end their fast.
GREELEY, Colo. — Talks at a Greeley meatpacking plant over religious accommodations for Muslim workers have broken down, with some workers saying they will not return to work and may take legal action.
A union official said about 200 workers have been suspended after walking out of JBS Swift & Co. on Friday, saying they were not allowed to take a lunch break at sunset to end their fast during the Muslim observance of Ramadan. Up to 300 workers walked out of the plant.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 and Swift met Tuesday to work out differences, which included time for prayer. After talks broke down some Muslim workers said, "No prayer, no work."
At least they aren't folding like a cheap suit as Tyson did by trading Labor Day for a Muslim holiday.
noonwitchGuest09-11-2008, 09:09 AM
I don't see what the problem is with letting the muslim workers take one hour at sunset, one day a year, when most people get Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off with pay. Everyone gets a lunch break, why not let them take it at that time for one day a year?
We can't be like the chinese-we have the first amendment, protecting freedom of religion. We can't decree that muslims in our nation don't grow beards during Ramadan, or that women can't wear veils( except in the driver's license/id photos). Of course, muslim restaurants keep normal hours during Ramadan in metro Detroit-they don't want to lose out on business. Lots of non-muslims eat at their restaurants because the food is tasty, healthy, and you get a lot of it for your money.
Anyways, the Chinese should study the lessons of the Roman Empire's attempts to squash Christianity, before they start making unreasonable decrees against muslims. Nothing serves to inspire religious folk to violence and revolution like oppressing them for their beliefs.
09-11-2008, 09:50 AM
09-11-2008, 09:53 AM
Sic Hacer Pace, Para Bellum.
Before you can do things for people, you must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the people!
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