Pam Geller is lying. I’m sure that will come as a huge shock to you, but it’s true. U.S. military personnel in Bahrain have been educated on the laws in that country during Ramadan. Geller thinks that means that they’re being “forced to adhere to Sharia.”
Our troops must adhere to the Shariah during the Islamic month of Ramadan in Bahrain and other Muslim countries. Stars and Stripes reported last Thursday that “U.S. 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.”
Stars and Stripes also published a list of “Things to Know during Ramadan,” including: “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”; “Arabs are good hosts and may offer you food or refreshments during daylight hours. Such offers should be declined”; “All consumption of alcohol by U.S. military personnel is prohibited at any off base public venue in the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility during Ramadan”; and “It’s customary to say ‘Ramadan Kareem’ during Ramadan.”
For the 8,200 U.S. personnel living here, and those serving throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility — including servicemembers, civilian personnel, contractors and family members — the month may require changing some daily routines.
Businesses and government offices will reduce hours and most restaurants will be closed during daylight hours.
While not required to fast during Ramadan, in Bahrain, Americans can be fined or detained by local authorities for eating, drinking or smoking in public when off-base during daylight hours.
So they’re telling American personnel how to avoid breaking local laws and getting arrested and Geller turns that into “ZOMG! Obama is making our soldiers follow Sharia law!” She’s lying. As usual.