A LOCAL Green Party activist is joining Muslims in St Albans and Harpenden in fasting for the traditional holy month of Ramadan.
Marc Scheimann, who will stand as a Green Party candidate for Harpenden in the 2005 county council elections, started his fasting on October 15. It means he cannot eat or drink during daylight hours until November 13.
Mr Scheimann, a Harpenden resident, said recent world events had prompted him to try to understand more about the local Muslim community and their religion. He said: “I think that at the moment the Muslim community is feeling very much alone and feeling the pressure of the recent acts of terrorism that have taken place. They feel a lot of attention has been been targeted at their community so I wanted to put out a hand of friendship.”
One would think from this statement that Muslims had been the victims, not the perpetrators, of “recent acts of terrorism.”