Now THIS Is Religious Tolerance

From Mediate:

A predominantly Muslim high school football team in Dearborn, Michigan practices from 11pm to 4am during the daytime-fasting month of Ramadan. Since they practice at night, the players can eat and drink before, during, and after practice.

Fordson High’s coaches realized that kids doing two-a-day practices in the August heat without eating or drinking probably wasn’t the best idea, so they looked for a feasible work-around:

Cutting practice wasn’t an option at football-crazy Fordson, which is coming off a one-loss season and has won four state titles and three runner-up seasons since it was established in 1928.

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But nobody wanted to lessen the significance of Ramadan in the Detroit suburb widely known as the capital of Arab-America.


Working it out meant getting the approval of school and district administrators and the blessings of players, parents and police. Then, there were the residents in the surrounding neighborhood, who would hear more noise and see the illuminated field. So he sent letters explaining the decision.

Can you even imagine if a public school of predominantly Christian students wanted to do such a thing for their religious reasons? The ACLU and Democrats would have a cow.

I think it’s a GREAT thing though. Why? Because this school got the entire community involved, and got their approval. I have no problem with it whatsoever. I just wish the same consideration would happen for Christian students in public schools when their religion dictates one thing or another (such as prayer). In most cases, the community is behind them as well. So it’s not the communities that are the problem. It’s the government and organizations like the ACLU, who like to sue anything involved with Christian prayer or the Christian religion.

So, more power to this football team. Unlike what many on the left believe, we conservatives know that the more Muslims that enjoy the freedoms of the United States, the more they will come to appreciate the country they now or have always called home. Respecting each other’s faith and beliefs are a part of that. We all need to be sensitive to the needs and faith of each other. I really believe that this will happen with the ground zero mosque. I think the owners will prove that they really are about community and peace. They haven’t been able to speak on it because of Ramadan. I look forward to hearing from them.

We can live in this world together in peace. We just need to respect each other. We all live under the umbrella of freedom. In that we are all united.

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