CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 20, 2015 – Earlier this week a now bogus story circulated on the Internet claiming a Muslim had written a letter to the city council of Munich demanding that the city cancel Oktoberfest because it was offensive to Islam.
Terror alerts quickly rose when according to a posting that quickly circulated the internet, a Muslim named Morad Almuradi wrote:
“I would like to inform you that the Oktoberfest is an Intolerant and Anti-Islamic event. We tried to ignore the event, but there (are) too many Un-Islamic acts done at the Oktoberfest. Such as alcohol consumption, public nudity etc.
“We understand that the Oktoberfest is a yearly German tradition, but we, Muslims, can not tolerate this Un-Islamic event, because it offends us and all Muslims on the earth. We are requesting the immediate cancellation of the upcoming Oktoberfest event.
“We also believe that the Oktoberfest might also offend all the Muslim refugees coming from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan.”
Obviously the author’s intent was to provoke an incident as a result of Germany offering refugee to Syrians escaping Islamic extremists. But we should, considering the stories of Muslims asking for religious considerations, could this happen – in Munich or Muncie?
That said, perhaps the “German” side of the story should also be considered when governments and states are considering how to acquiesce to religious demands from any group.
Oktoberfest is Munich’s joyful city celebration of its own heritage that has absolutely nothing to do with any religion and the people who might be “offended” — due to religious or personal reasons — need to stay home.
When it comes to an immigrant in a host country, they are “guests” in another country and have no authority or right to complain about anything?
Radical Islam is responsible for gross crimes against humanity, however the religious offense by people that enjoy the freedom to drink a beer served by a buxom beer wench, is a possibility.
So some Muslims may be offended. So what?
Truthfully, there is no place on the planet where radical Muslims can live that they will not be “offended” except in their own state which they are taking through what should be unimaginable violence.
What is Munich’s Oktoberfest? Reuters reported that
“the annual festival is a fun-loving celebration where 7.5 million litres of brew are consumed over a two-week period by locals and tourists alike. But this year city officials are working overtime to assure the public it will not turn into a Krisen-Wiesn, or Oktoberfest in crisis.”
The opening day of Oktoberfest went on with out incidence and the Krisen-Weisn never developed. For the moment, Syrian migrants have more important matters to deal with, such as obtaining with the basic necessities of life.
On the other hand, making demands of citizens to cease their own festival in their own country because they are “offended” is precisely what Western Europe can expect as thousands more migrants pour into the continent.
We have seen this in happen in Europe.
Recently a British man posted a video on YouTube expressing his disgust for the “intolerance” of the so-called “tolerant religion of peace.”
“Let me get this straight. We’re supposed to show tolerance and respect for a religion that doesn’t know the meaning of either word and goes out of its way to prove it every day?” he asked.
The anonymous commentator continued,
“Everything is an insult to this religion. Everything causes offense.”
Oktoberfest is a German celebration of German culture. The best “defense” for the West is to use our “offense” to demonstrate precisely how “offensive” we can be when we want to be by simply living our lives in a manner that we want to.
Whether is is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration or pig races.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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