And they are not the only ones. A Toronto mosque is telling Muslims not to say "Happy Thanksgiving" or invite friends into their homes for turkey dinner on the holiday weekend.
The Khalid Bin Al-Walid Mosque says to "avoid participating" in dinners, parties or greetings on Thanksgiving because it is a kuffaar, or non-Muslim, celebration.
A two-part article on the mosque Web site says Muslims should also "stay completely away" from "Halloween trick-and treat nonsense," Christmas, New Year's, anniversaries, birthdays and Earth Day.
"How can we bring ourselves to congratulate or wish people well for their disobedience to Allah? Thus expressions such as Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Birthday, Happy New Year, et cetera, are completely out," it says.
Forty-one Republicans, more than 20 percent of the caucus, and one Democrat voted “present” on a resolution recognizing the commencement of Ramadan on Tuesday. The 42 lawmakers make up more than 10 percent of the members voting on the resolution. There were zero “no” votes, and 14 members did not vote.
The resolution recognized “the Islamic faith as one of the great religions of the world,” rejected “hatred, bigotry and violence directed against Muslims, both in the United States and worldwide” and “[commended] Muslims in the United States and across the globe who have privately and publicly rejected interpretations and movements of Islam that justify and encourage hatred, violence and terror.”
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) dismissed the resolution as political correctness gone too far. “This resolution is an example of the degree to which political correctness has captured the political and media elite in this country,” Tancredo said. “I am not opposed to commending any religion for their faith. The problem is that any attempt to do so for Jews or Christians is immediately condemned as ‘breaching’ the non-existent line between church and state by the same elite.”
Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said, “I voted ‘present’ because I read somewhere that Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion.”
An online critic of all this jibberish is Pelayo who writes:
Islam is a great religion only because one billion creatures claim to be followers. If one billion beople believed that God resided in a garage in Buffalo, would that be so great?
Just about every person who subscribes to a religious belief does so, why? Their parents subscribed to that religion, and only for that reason. It proves that children can be taught to believe anything, and I mean anything. I learned the little song "Jesus Loves the Little Children" at a young age and asked my mother why so many children had polio. Her answers meant well but were unsatisfactory. If everyone analyzed a set of religious texts to the exent that Jason Long and others have, there would be no religion. Some people make fun of people who believe that Allah actually rode a strange creature to heaven and back. Those same people get angry when one questions whether Christ rose from the dead and was bodily sent to heaven.
This is the Big However: No Christian or Jew has ever threatened to kill me because of what I believe.
I wonder what tomorrow will bring. Perhaps a million dancer march with rockers and rollers thundering for peace. That's easy to imagine. A million dancers telling Islam to back off. Unfortunately, that's increasingly more difficult to imagine.