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China bans Ramadan fast in Muslim northwest

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I really feel sorry for the people in China, no matter their ethnic background.

Is China going to implode? If so, I hope it is not as violent as it can be.

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What's the ruling party? Right, they call themselves Communist. Just don't tell Bizarroland.

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Taliban, here's your new antagonist!

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I'm okay with this. Keep religion out of China1

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Green Panda I agree and lets keep religion out of everything

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This will incite further terrorist acts. The government of China doesn't get it.

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The headline is misleading. The Chinese did not ban Ramadan fasting in general, they banned the practise in schools and government offices. And in that, they are entirely justified. Western countries should take a clue from that, instead of caving to supremacist religious demands.

What adults do in their private lives is one thing, what is practised in public institutions is another. In particular, children should be spared from religious abuse.

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The Chinese did not ban Ramadan fasting in general, they banned the practise in schools and government offices.

Not a fan of religion in the least, but I'm even less a fan of government intervention in religion. If people refuse to eat between sunrise and sunset, what is the government going to do? Force feed them?

What they'll do, unfortunately, is obvious: Kids suspected of religious observance will be denied entrance to college or to good jobs, and civil servants denied promotions. Sad - and certain to severely piss off the Uighers.

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If the Japanese Sumo world can accept a Muslim wrestler fasting during a tournament, you'd think fasting in schools could be tolerated (but not in China where the government is just asking to be overthrown)

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The Caliphs, Imams and Mad Mullas won't like this...

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If the Japanese Sumo world can accept a Muslim wrestler fasting during a tournament, you'd think fasting in schools could be tolerated

Except that a sumo wrestler is an adult and able to make up his own mind, and school kids do as they're told.

It seems that under Islam children are not required to fast. I'm not sure how much in line with Islamic teaching in China's northwest this website is - http://unity1.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/on-children-fasting-ramadan-in-uk-primary-and-secondary-schools/ - but in the UK it seems that Muslim parents are obliged by Islamic law to abide by school policy with regard to fasting, even if it goes against their wishes.

If people refuse to eat between sunrise and sunset, what is the government going to do? Force feed them?

What happens in the UK (according to that site) is that the school threatens to call in social services on the grounds that parents who insist on a child fasting 18 hours a day are abusing that child.

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In China the real religion is money. Any other forms of religion is just a distraction.

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That's Socialism for you; all must conform to the states wishes or be hammered down.

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'In China the real religion is money. Any other forms of religion is just a distraction.'

That pretty much sums up rich, developed nations. That's why some in those countries are rich and those countries are mostly developed. Pretty sad in many ways but the alternative of 'real' religion guiding us is even worse.

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More persecution of Muslims. You reap what you sow.

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Yeah, this'll work.

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I believe Chairman Mao said, "Religion is opium of the soul." Natually CCP is completely against it.

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China does whatever it wants,to whom it wants,anytime it wants! The Iron Boot of Communism is A L L !!

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Old_man 13:

" More persecution of Muslims. You reap what you sow. "

Prohibiting a religious practise in public schools and institutions is not "persecution" in any shape, matter or form. Words have meanings.

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