Friday, April 27, 2018

On a mote of dust is the White House too

"Soon Ramadan will begin. As a practicing Muslim, I will stop thinking about food during the day time, which is how I will lose another ten pounds," he said with a chuckle.

Another Ramadan in the era of trump! 

Last year, his Ramadan greeting was bizarre.  Even in that greeting, trump made sure to mislead his base by sprinkling terrorism in the statement:
“This year, the holiday begins as the world mourns the innocent victims of barbaric terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom and Egypt, acts of depravity that are directly contrary to the spirit of Ramadan,” the White House statement reads, adding that “such acts only steel our resolve to defeat the terrorists and their perverted ideology.”
Bush junior, who now in contrast to trump comes across as the grand old sage of the Grand Old Party, took the higher and correct road even in the aftermath of 9/11:
Former President George W. Bush’s Ramadan message, delivered just months after the September 11 terrorist attacks, didn’t mention terrorism at all. Instead, it focused on the diversity within the American Muslim community, whose members “serve in every walk of life, including our armed forces.”
The evil simply oozes from the Oval Office and through the 63 million voters :(

And when Ramadan ended? No iftar!
Despite events held by previous administrations from across the political divide, this year’s Ramadan – which began on 26 May – passed nearly unobserved by the White House. It was marked only by a statement published late on Saturday afternoon, coinciding with the end of the holy month.
The first White House iftar dinner is said to have been hosted by President Thomas Jefferson in 1805. Guests included a Tunisian ambassador to the US.
Hillary Clinton, when she was first lady, resurrected the event in February 1996, hosting about 150 people for a reception for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month.
Muslim-loving Crooked Hillary!

For all the non-believer that I am, I consciously think about my existence, and worry about what it means to be human.  "Shit happens" I tell myself.  After all, it is not as if the entire cosmos exists only to serve me!  The cosmos is.  Whether it is Lent, or Ramadan, or whatever, I am not ever sure that most of the believers really use that designated time in order to reflect on our fleeting existence on this "mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam," as Carl Sagan so poetically put it.   Yet, I seem to consciously mark the passing of time as memorialized by religious days like Ramadan, Lent, Deepavali, ...

In my own way, I, too, end up observing Ramadan year after year.