Military personnel at a government-run health science university in Maryland were reportedly instructed not to eat or drink in front of Muslims during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The brigade commander at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda sent an email last month to military personnel instructing them to show respect toward their Muslim colleagues during Ramadan fasting, which ended July 28, Fox News reported.
"This is a period of great personal restraint and commitment in addition to renewed focus on worship," Col. Kevin Glasz reportedly wrote in the email. "I'd like to encourage you to learn just a little more about this religion, but more importantly, I'm asking you to be considerate and do not consume food or drink in front of our Muslim colleagues; it is a simple, yet respectful action."
The brigade commander also provided a link to a website about Islam, specifically about Ramadan.
Several officers and doctors training at the USU reached out to Fox News's Todd Starnes to express their concerns with the directive.
"I respect the intention behind this email, but note that there is no similar call honoring other faiths," said one Marine, who spoke anonymously. "There is no similar invitation for non-Jewish colleagues to refrain from eating leavened products during Passover, or non-Christian colleagues to refrain from eating meat during Lent."
"Our veterans have sacrificed too much blood, sweat and tears to have their own rights and freedoms be sacrificed on the altar of progressive political correctness," the Marine told Fox News.
Additionally, Navy officials had required U.S. personnel serving in Bahrain to dress more conservatively off-base during Ramadan, Stars and Stripes reported Saturday.
"Base cultural advisers have spent the last few weeks conducting Ramadan briefs to educate Americans about the holy month," the report said.
"It's customary to say 'Ramadan Kareem' during Ramadan," read a "Things to Know" list compiled by NSA Bahrain Public Affairs.
Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, told Fox News that "there is a good biblical word for this: hypocrisy."
"Our troops are being told to respect the Muslim Ramadan and encouraged to say 'Ramadan Kareem,' while at the same time they cannot have a cross on chapels, display a manger scene or say 'Merry Christmas' for fear of offending," he said. "There is something wrong with this picture."
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