August 10, 2011, - 4:49 pm
American Muslims claim they want equality and just to have the same rights as everybody else. But, in fact, they want special rights above and beyond everyone else. That’s the problem. And so it goes in the NFL, in which two Muslim brothers were granted leave from the shortened (and, therefore, more important), post-lockout, pre-season camp.
No Wonder They Got Rid of Pigskin: Happy Ramadan From the NFL (National Fatah League)
The NFL is a para-military organization. Discipline, attendance, and other strict adherence is important. For every guy who won’t do these things, there are a million incredible athletes waiting in the wings (or on the practice squad) to play his position on the field.
NFL players have been denied the opportunity to attend their kids’ deliveries in the hospital, their relatives’ funerals, and other such things. Other players have been severely fined or docked pay for leaving the team and/or missing games for those occasions. This is the league that fines guys for having their socks droop.
But, apparently, there is a separate set of standards for Muslim NFL players and their Ramadan Iftar dinners with Barack Hussein Obama. Trust me–this ain’t no Sandy Koufax (or Hank Greenberg) moment.
Arizona Cardinals safety Hamza Abdullah and Minnesota Vikings safety Husain Abdullah have been excused from their teams’ training camps for a day.
They’re going to the White House.
The brothers were invited to tonight’s Iftar dinner in observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. “I’m still in shock over it,” Hamza Abdullah said, via the Arizona Republic. “I’m still waiting to get to the airport and they say, ‘Okay, it’s fake.’ ”
NFL’s Hamza and Husain Abdullah Get Special Privileges b/c They’re Muslim
The coaches of both teams quickly excused their players. “I wish you could have seen his face,” Arizona Coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “It’s kind of funny it came via e-mail, in a PDF form. The first thing he said was, ‘Is this real?’ ”
It wasn’t a tough choice. “For this occasion, no,” Coach Leslie Frazier said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “A chance to meet the president, visit the White House. I told him I hope in February or next May or whenever it is we’ll be going as a team. We’re excited for him. I think it’s a tremendous opportunity and a great honor.”
The Abdullahs gained national attention last year for fasting during daylight hours throughout Ramadan, which coincides with training camps. Neither plays eats or drinks from dawn until dusk, a tricky proposition on hot days.
The next time NFL players want the day off for Christmas or some other holiday, you can bet they won’t get the Abdullah bros treatment (though they would have cause for a civil rights lawsuit, given the gushing and pandering over the Ramadan Iftar dinner). If a player asks for Christmas off, he gets laughed at. And laughed at some more. Same goes for baby deliveries, deaths, and funerals–all of which are far more important than a Muslim ceremonial dinner.
America and its cultural and pop culture institutions have a double set of standards. If you’re from the religion that blew up 3,000 Americans ten years ago and keeps trying to do it again, you get to do what you want.
For everybody else. Tough luck . . . and allahu FUBAR.