North Carolina County Approves Resolution Recognizing ‘Month of Ramadan’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Commissioners over one county in North Carolina have approved a resolution recognizing June as the “Month of Ramadan.”

The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners adopted the resolution on Tuesday, with six in favor and three against.

“Ramadan is a sacred time that commemorates the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Mohammad, and encourages fasting, prayer, reflection, God consciousness and gratitude,” the resolution reads. “[E]ach day of fasting teaches the soul to struggle with the self, persevere, be patient and to forgive and love.”

It asserts that Islam is a part of America’s history and that Muslims should be recognized for their contributions.

“Ramadan reminds us that Islam has always been a part of America and Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country, including those made by the famous Muslim scholar Omar Ibn Said, who was enslaved and brought to the Carolinas in 1807,” the resolution states.

Read the resolution in full here.

Democrats George Dunlap and Dumont Clarke were the sponsors of the proposal, and during the commission meeting last week, those in favor of the resolution spoke to those gathered about the traditions that are observed during the Islamic holiday.

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Following the vote, the Board posted a notice to social media, writing, “#MeckBOCC adopts a proclamation that declares May 26 – June 24 as the Month of Ramadan.”

All of the comments under the post were in opposition to the resolution, with one follower remarking, “You do not do that for any other religion. I get it. You’re scared, both of Muslims and of being called Islamophobic. You are pathetic.”

Commissioners Jim Pickett, Matthew Ridenhour and Bill James were the only board members to reject the idea.

“To the best of my knowledge we have never (and I don’t think it would be proper) adopted a resolution in support of Lent … Easter, Christmas, Hanukkah, Passover, Yom Kippur, Pioneer Day for Mormons, or Diwali,” Puckett said in an email, according to the Charlotte Observer.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has also expressed objection, writing a letter to the board to assert that the resolution violates the U.S. Constitution because it entangles the government with religion.

“Several statements from the Mecklenburg County proclamation go beyond mere recognition of Ramadan as a cultural phenomenon,” the group wrote in a press release. “The resolution includes statements about drawing closer to ‘God,’ the revelations of the ‘Prophet Muhammad,’ and even the existence of a ‘soul,’ all without the qualification that these are mere beliefs of those who celebrate the holiday.”

“The government must scrupulously avoid making declarations as to the veracity of religious beliefs,” it said. “In order to avoid the appearance of religious endorsement, the Board of County Commissioners must take steps to disassociate the county from promotion of religious beliefs, whether espoused by Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Satanists or others.”

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  • Trilemma

    I have to agree with the FFRF on this one.

    • james blue

      I have to say I’m pretty surprised this site is pointing out FFRF’s objections. Usually sites like this say nothing and let some uninformed person comment section claim they are silent.

  • Islam has always been a part of America? Wut? This is ridiculous.

    If you said that Christianity has always been a part of the US (which is objectively true), they would immediately clutch their pearls and scream “Racist, racist!”; but saying that Islam has always been a part of America (which is objectively wrong) is OK.

  • Of course, Mecklenburg County – main city Charlotte. As a North Carolinian, I can guarantee you that 99.99% of the rest of my home state would in no way be ‘for’ this CRAP.

    • Jason Todd

      And the Freedom From Religion Foundation?

      • james blue

        What about them?

    • Chet

      Unfortunately, NC is indeed growing more and more liberal. Note your new governor, no…

  • Sister Boogie

    Are people even aware that America’s first war after we gained our independence was with the Barbary pirates – Muslims? It happened during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency. War was never officially declared, but the US Navy and Marines were definitely involved in fighting the Muslim pirates that preyed on American ships. There is no sign that Islam is any different today than it was 300 years ago. They believe they have the right to prey on “infidels.”

    • Tangent002

      According to Islam, ‘infidels’ refers to non-believers and pagans. Christians and Jews are ‘
      people of the book’ and are afforded civil treatment. Pirates do what they do out of greed, not because their faith instructs them.

      • Amos Moses

        “O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of God aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle of God, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in God and His apostles. Say not “Trinity” : desist: it will be better for you: for God is one God: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is God as a Disposer of affairs.” (Koran 4:171)

        “They do blaspheme who say: God is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them.” (Koran 5:73)

        Surah 5-33

        33. The punishment for those who fight God and His Messenger, and strive to spread corruption on earth, is that they be killed, or crucified, or have their hands and feet cut off on opposite sides, or be banished from the land. That is to disgrace them in this life; and in the Hereafter they will have a terrible punishment.

        Chapter (9) surat l-tawbah (The Repentance)

        Sahih International: Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled.

        Pickthall: Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.

        Yusuf Ali: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

        Shakir: Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Messenger have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.

        Muhammad Sarwar: Fight against those People of the Book who have no faith in God or the Day of Judgment, who do not consider unlawful what God and His Messenger have made unlawful, and who do not believe in the true religion, until they humbly pay tax with their own hands.

        Mohsin Khan: Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

        Arberry: Fight those who believe not in God and the Last Day and do not forbid what God and His Messenger have forbidden — such men as practise not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book — until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled.

        • Ginger

          Paul’s warning 600 years in advance. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 [KJV] Satan was not going to just give up after this, Paul knew that. He also knew Satan had the ability to come as an angel. He warned us 600 years in advance.
          II Corinthians 11:4 “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” [KJV] II Corinthians 11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” [KJV]

          600 years later an angel showed to Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. This angel was preaching another Jesus. A Jesus that did not die for your sins…Just as Paul said it would, this activated a curse. The Hebrew world for curse is “alah”

          Isaiah 24:6 “Therefore hath the curse [alah] devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.”

  • Oboehner

    ramadan, wasn’t that a Judas Priest album?

  • james blue

    I neither need nor want Caesars recognition or approval of my faith and feel the same about them doing so for other faiths.

    • Amos Moses

      Does CAIR want Shariah to replace Constitution?

      hmmmmmm ………….

      • james blue

        Good morning _ _ _ _ _ (fill in the blanks)

  • They are goats being led to the slaughter.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    USA definitely needs a month that celebrates the white Christian settlers, the exclusive superior creators of the nation of USA. Western whites don’t have a sense of ID this century because they do not celebrate their own superb Christian ancestors and forefathers, unlike all other races. All other races and tribes celebrate their own ancestors and forefathers, being thankful.

    Only the Western whites don’t, because they dislike their own ancestors for being devout godly Christian. Merchants are mere parasites and no creators always and everywhere. Those who dislike the white Christian settlers and pioneers should leave the USA and go back to the countries of their origins. If no honor for the hardest-working pioneer astronauts, no colony in Mars since the New World will be only polluted and ruined. Planets belong to God, as well as galaxies.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    If the West’s white people show respect to their Christian ancestors and Christian forefathers, much of world’s racism will be solved, especially in the West including the USA. Those who respect their own parents bring respect and safety to everyone. The peoples of colors learned to disrespect the Western Civilization – it’s a learned behavior – from the white liberals by seeing them bashing their own superior Christian white ancestors. Make European Settlers’ Month, to be fair.

  • Lydia Church

    As a Christian, I will NOT honor any recognizing or celebrating of any other religion. They can do what they want, and I will do what I want; not recognize it. (The same goes for other celebrations as well.) If anyone does not feel ‘warm and fuzzy’ about the fact that I won’t ‘join hands’ with others, you can tell them that it’s not ‘about them,’ and ‘how they feel about it,’ what I believe is up to me and what I do is about me, not them. It’s called ‘boundaries.’ If it’s one or the other, the way of the Lord will win out (i.e.: I’m not baking their cakes, etc.) About all of that, they have the freedom to feel any way they like! : D If they want to persecute me for that, so be it, and I still won’t relent. I will eat my food in public and they can fast all they want. Knowing their religion, they will most likely want to kill me for it like they are doing in other parts of the world.

  • Rev Donald Spitz

    More destruction of the United States by demon possessed Democrats.
    John 14:6 King James Version (KJV)
    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

  • The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has also expressed objection, writing a letter to the board to assert that the resolution violates the U.S. Constitution because it entangles the government with religion.

    I fully agree with the FFRF. In fact, I think there should be no religious holidays recognized by government. That is the Constitutional law.

    I would suggest that Congress roll Christmas and Thanksgiving into a long weekend in December, Drop the “Christmas” designation, and make it Freedom of Conscience Day. That would allow for all religions and philosophical orders to celebrate it together.

    Currently, Christians enjoy two National Holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many local and State governments have proclaimed other Christian holidays or resolutions of recognition. I’ve not found any officially recognized holidays for any other religion. Why should Christians be upset with a resolution for Muslims or Jews? It isn’t a law.

    And what, exactly, is wrong with a government body–if it recognizes Christian holidays and resolutions–recognizing a sacred time for other religions? It’s a recognition, not a law or a celebration. Its the weakest form of inclusiveness in our “claimed” values.

    I recall the outrage after 9/11 when Muslims wanted to build/remodel their mosque two blocks from the WTC site. It was astonishing to me, seeing all those Christians so angry when the most noble and honorable act would have been to invite them to rebuild the religious Community Center squarely on “ground zero.”

    There would not have been a greater message of “Christian” love, mercy and kindness than that act. Too, it would have disarmed much of the hatred that led to the attack and, no doubt, lead to more attacks.

    So, take a deep breath and consider the much weaker and innocuous message of recognition.

  • Chet

    They can declare the whole year as such but forgiveness for one’s sins and mercy and eternal life is found in none other then the Son of the true and living God, the Lord Jesus Christ of Calvary. Just to set the record straight…

  • Dianne

    This county will surely one day regret this decision. There should be a appeal of this decision soon. I will pray that it will be overturned!