Here is yet another example of how non-Muslims are compelled to observe Islamic rules and mores when in Muslim countries. And of course we see increasingly that when in non-Muslim countries, Muslims demand special privileges and accommodation for their practices. At no point is there ever any concession or gesture of good will from the Muslim side. Yet this unilateral intransigence is persistently ignored, downplayed or mischaracterized by Western observers. “Algerian Christians under trial for breaking Ramzan fast,” from AFP, September 21 (thanks to Mukund):
AIN EL HAMMAM: Two Algerian Christians were tried on Tuesday for breaking Ramadan fasting rules, with hundreds of people protesting outside the courtroom against judicial authorities.
Hocine Hocini and Salem Fellak were arrested on August 13 on the building site where they worked in the northern region of Kabylie after they were spotted eating lunch, which they admit to doing but insist happened in a discreet place.
Muslims are not allowed to eat during daylight hours during the Ramadan holy month, and in Algeria breaking the fast can be punished with three months in jail.
“I am optimistic,” Hocini, who is a Protestant, said as he left the courtroom in Ain el Hammam after the hearing.
The verdict is due on October 5.
“We are innocent, and we haven’t done any harm to anyone,” he said. “We are Christians and we have not eaten in a public place,” he said.
Hundreds of people supporting the two accused gathered outside the court and shouted slogans against the judiciary….