Recently, an acquaintance said he had heard that during Ramadan in Dearbornistan, Michigan, Fordson High School does their football practice from 11:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. because the Muslim players can’t eat or drink anything during the daylight.
Citizen Warrior I said, “In other words, the Muslims are imposing their practices on non-Muslims.” I said it with a face that clearly displayed disapproval. He was casually dismissive. “Well, other religions do crazy stuff too,” he said.
Fordson, a Michigan high school football team is holding preseason practices in the middle of the night to help its Muslim players practice both faith and football.
The mixed Muslim and non-Muslim squad from Dearborn says the nocturnal regimen is a way for Muslim players to eat and drink while observing the holy month of daytime fasting known as Ramadan that started a few weeks ago.
Fordson High coach Fouad Zaban, 40, a Muslim and former Fordson player, knows the high stakes. When Ramadan falls during football season, the players practice during daylight hours. But with July heat and doubled practice schedule, concerns grew about players’ health, particularly the high risk of heat stroke.
Working it out meant getting the approval of school and district administrators as well as players, parents and police. Then, there were the residents in the surrounding neighborhood, who would be negatively impacted with more noise and the illuminated field.
I said, “they don’t impose their stuff on me. Are there religious people who impose something on you? Or try to get you to grant a concession? Or try to make your values yield to theirs? To practice a religion is personal and private. If someone wants to go without food, what do I care? They can go right ahead. But when it impinges on people who are not members of the religion, that’s no longer religious. It’s political.
So all the high school students who want to play football at that school have to practice in the middle of the night because Muslims are thrusting their Islamic practice into the non-Islamic public sphere. Those non-Muslim kids have to disrupt their normal sleep cycle because the Muslims won’t bend and the non-Muslims will.
And step by step, inch by inch, orthodox Muslims gain one concession after another as our tolerant culture yields to their intolerant culture. Is that okay with you? It’s not okay with me.”
I wish I’d had time to explain to him that religious supremacism is the belief that a particular religion is superior to others and entitles members of the religion to control or dominate non-members. That’s what these Muslim football players were doing.