Muslims flock to prayer service at Fairgrounds Around Town, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:50 pm
The mood was festive this morning as Tri-Valley Muslims, dressed in their traditional finest, poured into the Alameda County Fairgrounds to celebrate Eid, which ends the fasting month of Ramadan. Over the loudspeaker, Arabic chanting proclaimed, "God is great."
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Posted by Tim, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:50 pm
Although not a Muslim, I'm glad to see this happening here in my hometown. I've heard so much about how Muslim Americans have faced such awful bigotry in so many place around the country since 9/11. People should be free to pray & worship as they see fit.
What makes America a great nation is her rich diversity. I'm proud that my hometown is open & accepting of this diversity. I love Pleasanton!
Posted by One Culture Fits All, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 8:10 am
I always write to my representative telling him to pass legislation that bans any multicultural tendency that contradicts AMERICAN CULTURE. Thus, NO RELIGION PERMITTED EXCEPT CHRISTIAN RELIGION. No one should be allowed upon our shores unless they sign papers denouncing their Hinduist, Buddhist, Catholic, Jewish, Islamic, agnostic, athiest, antitheist beliefs. I embrace people who don't look like me. HELL, my wife is a woman for gosh sakes. But I will tolerate NOBODY who doesn't believe what I believe. I'm the real AMERICAN.
Posted by Teacher, a resident of another community, on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:50 am
It's nice to see how uneducated some people are on this post. Celebrating cultures doesn't mean one thing about loosing an American culture. Simply living here is the American culture, with all of the nasty, hate filled speech some of you have. Multicultural means to celebrate the differences people have, but it seems that people on here want to make other peoples' difference inferior. No one is going to loose their American culture- hot dogs, movies, walking down the street will be here long after we're gone.
As for the Chipolte comment- do your homework next time before spewing off about the Islamic culture and their religion. The people I saw on the news and read about in articles were Caucasian people, vegetarians. I didn't read or hear about a Muslim complaining about bacon in their beans.
"But I will tolerate NOBODY who doesn't believe what I believe. I'm the real AMERICAN." Can we say RED FLAG? I'd so not want to be your neighbor. Those words are pure seeds of hatred.
By the way, I'm not Muslim- a white male in his 30s, raised Catholic.
Posted by get real, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 6:41 pm
Poor Patricia, cannot remember who wrote what.
I never made any comments about beans, that was "wake up". What I do or do not know about the Muslim world is not relevant. The fact is that businesses have held lunch meetings forever. That means _eating_ Patricia, in case you failed to grasp that part. A fasting Muslim has made a choice not to eat. That is not my choice, nor is it the choice or custom of my fellow employees. If the Muslim employee cannot deal with that then she needs to go to work for a Muslim company where everyone is fasting. If an employee chooses to diet does that make it a crime for me to eat dessert with my lunch?
Posted by Tim, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 9:47 pm
Well that didn't take long for the bigots to come out of the woodwork. As I stated last evening...I'm still proud of Pleasanton for hosting this event. For those so called Christian Americans spewing hatred against ALL Muslims for the actions of a few, I say I really feel sorry for you. However, I won't be so ignorant as to assume ALL "Christians" or ALL "Americans" are bigots just because of the beliefs of a few.
I will end by quoting from one of my favorite prayers from my church:
May you be filled with loving kindness, may you be well. May you be peaceful and at ease. May you be whole.
Posted by artlover, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:51 pm
OK I"m confused. It was a LUNCH meeting and they should have not eaten lunch? If the fasting Muslim has a problem with this, then they should have objected to HR to even having a meeting at lunchtime. If they did not attempt to change this, then they have no right to demand that others forego eating lunch.
Now, having said that: Lunch meetings are NOT GOOD. Everyone should take a break at lunch time. We Americans are killing ourselves with stress.
Posted by Pork Lunches as Americana, a resident of the Bonde Ranch neighborhood, on Sep 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm
What the heck? Locker rooms have always been there as a favored site for racist and sexist jokes. If minorities and women-lovers feel offended, they should stay away.
A locker room without racist and sexist jokes? What is that? People should develop a sense of humor about these things. I've always gotten a big kick out of racist jokes.
If this Muslim women doesn't like pork sandwiches and their aroma, maybe she should don a gas mask at the meetings. To expect ME to change MY eating habits or joke-telling habits for the benefit of someone else? Don't bother. Gas mask ... or quit her religion ... or go back to camelland where she'd probably be more happy. This is MY workplace, not hers.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Sep 2, 2011 at 11:21 am Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Ridiculing someone because their culture's customs dictate they fast during a particular religious holiday or ridiculing someone because their culture's customs dictate they take a lunch break. You decide.
Posted by Faster, a resident of the Foothill Knolls neighborhood, on Sep 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm
Stacey, are you suggesting that both forms of ridicule are the same? Are you intending to say there is no difference between fasting on Ramadan and eating lunch during lunch break in USA? Are you saying that they are both 'cultural dictates'? Please do tell me this is your attempt to be humorous. Please.
Posted by Faster, a resident of the Foothill Knolls neighborhood, on Sep 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm
No, Stace. I find there to be a huge difference between ridiculing a belief system or someone's practice of it, and putting forward ridiculously bad and inappropriate analogies.
So, Ramadan vs. the American "culture of lunchbreak" right? They are analogous? Better go back to doing what you do best, Stace, which is finding esoteria on the web. Your reasoning is another matter. Comparing Ramadan to "lunchbreak" is doing two things, actually. It underscores the impoverished nature of American culture -- eat, eat, eat! And it exposes your inability to think outside of yourself in a way that leads to an appreciation of other.
As to the latter, we're back again to your inability to think beyond the restrictive cognitive zone of your own selfish interests. Well, no surprise there. At least you're being consistent. You see, there really isn't much difference between you and steeeeve. Steeeeve wears his on his sleeve; you have to be invited into an exchange or two before yours clearly shows itself. And of course you're not so thick as to not know what I'm talking about here.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Sep 3, 2011 at 11:57 am Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Bettina wants everyone to consider that fasting during Ramadan is equivalent to a lunch break. That's her bubble. I have consistently asked for consideration of the act of ridicule, which no one would find ridiculous.
Posted by Blossom, a resident of the Stoneridge Orchards neighborhood, on Sep 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm
My vote goes to Stacey. For years and years America has long celebrated the halloed tradition of lunch break. This is one of America's most sacred traditions, and shouldn't be taken litely.
No burka wearing damsel should be able to think she has the right to do her Ramadamaringrang fast and expect America's to forfiet they're most revered daily activity.
We need to preserve American culture. If burka wearers don't like the smell of pork in the lunch room, well that's too bad. Pork is all about America. Pork is pigs. Pork is clean. The Jews have conceeded ground on ths matter, so should the Arabs.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Sep 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm Stacey is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
I asked everyone to decide between two reasons to ridicule someone as a way to highlight the act of ridicule itself. Most people would chose not to ridicule someone at all, finding the act distasteful. I never drew an equivalence between the two reasons.