Sunday, June 19, 2016
People Thirst: Slave labourers are dying in 50°C heat
Imagine if religious fanatics in predominantly catholic countries like Ireland, Poland or Italy started physically assaulting non-catholics - for example, muslims - who were eating meat on "good friday" (or any Friday, as catholics used to ban). Imagine if the catholics demanded laws to arrest and punish or imprison people who do eat meat on those days.
Would you defend the creation of religious laws where the majority imposed their religious practices upon minorities who don't belong to that religion? (Well, fanatical christians in the US would, so that's not a good place for an example.) If it's wrong in one place, it's wrong everywhere.
Not eating meat won't kill anybody, but NOT being allowed to drink water will kill people who are forced to perform hard manual labour in 50-60°C heat (120-140°F for Americans).
In 2016, ramadan is in June. This is the hottest month of the year at the equator, and in most predominantly muslim Middle Eastern and North African countries, temperatures are high enough to kill people who are drinking water and not doing physical labour.
‘Warning’ for non-Muslims caught eating in public during Ramadan
Saudi labourers still working in 55°C temperatures
Death toll among Qatar’s 2022 World Cup workers revealed
North Koreans working as ‘state-sponsored slaves’ in Qatar
Forcing people to work in 50-60°C temperatures while preventing them from drinking water is NOT "respecting culture". It is a human rights abuse by a theocratic majority, endangering the lives of a powerless minority.
People should have the freedom to practice their religion, what they don't have is the right to expect non-adherents to obey the religion of the majority. But as with the catholics of the past (who did physically violate those who didn't follow catholic rules) muslim countries have no hesitation about ramadaning it down your throat. Or rather, about preventing water going down your throat.