August 5, 2014, - 4:06 pm

Muslims Did WHAT During Ramadan? The Only Job Available to Christians in Iraq Now

By Debbie Schlussel

While American military personnel sent back to Iraq to protect the U.S. Embassy and officials from ISIS were ordered not to drink alcohol or to eat in front of Muslims during Ramadan, the Muslims don’t exactly observe their religious traditions the way our Armed Forces were forced to. In fact, Muslims snuck around during Ramadan to get a taste of their beloved, forbidden alcohol (which is forbidden always in Islam, not just during Ramadan). Yup, they are phonies, but preach against us and our decadence. They like their Johnnie Walker even more than they like their Johnnie Walker Lindh. And if you are Christian, selling alcohol is the only job available to you, even though it can be deadly. (Hey, aren’t you glad Bush “liberated” Iraq from one group of Muslims who hate us to another who hate us and persecute Christians more?) Check out this report that ran last night on National Palestinian Radio a/k/a NPR:


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After a long, hot month of fasting, Baghdad is springing back to life now that the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is over. But that doesn’t mean it’s just restaurants and shops that are reopening: Baghdad’s liquor stores are also back in business. Along Saadoun Street, the sidewalk in front of a strip of liquor stores looks like a big block party — lots of young men decked out in new clothes, buying booze. It can get pretty rowdy here. There’s not a woman in sight, and a lot of the men are drunk. In one dark corner, someone’s passed out on the pavement. Soheil, who owns one of the stores, says he had to close early on the first night of Eid — the celebration marking the end of the Ramadan — because it got so crowded.

He’s an Iraqi Christian — they’re the only ones allowed to sell alcohol in Baghdad. The vast majority of Iraqis are Muslim, but that doesn’t stop many of them from drinking. The most popular drink at Soheil’s shop is beer — Tuborg, a Danish brew, to be precise. After that, it’s scotch. “Whiskey, Chivas 18, and black,” he says, meaning Johnnie Walker Black Label.

Selling booze in Baghdad can be a dangerous job. Just last year, a string of attacks on liquor stores left dozens dead. In most cases, gunmen pulled up to shops in SUVs and shot owners and their employees — sometimes in broad daylight. While no one claimed responsibility for these attacks, they’re widely believed to be the work of Shiite militias, who view selling and drinking alcohol as a violation of their strict interpretation of Islam.

It’s an unwelcome echo of the recent past: At the height of sectarian strife during Iraq’s civil war, alcohol stores were targeted for attacks by militants. With the rise of religious political parties in Iraq, alcohol sales were briefly outlawed in 2006; two years later, stores began cautiously opening their doors again.

And the caution is still there. The owner of another store says the attacks scare him. He’d rather not be selling booze, he says, but it’s one of the only jobs available to him as a Christian. . . . Two men who’ve come here to buy beer say they’re excited that Ramadan is over. They admit they didn’t stop drinking during the holy month, but they had to buy booze on the black market that thrives during Ramadan.

Today, Iraq. Tomorrow, America. Yay, Islam.

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23 Responses

Debbie, you should get your head out of your ass.
You write about topics that only display your ignorance and complete and utter lack of knowledge. You humiliate yourself every time you post an article. You are a very bored lady and have too much time on your hands.
If you knew ANYTHING about religion you would know that the 3 major religions all agree that the consumption of alcohol isn’t permitted. You just because you pick and choose what you want to believe. Sure there are Muslims that drink but wtf is your point? Do you follow every aspect of your religion? Nope, you don’t. No one is perfect we are all humans. Just because Muslims are more committed to their religion doenst mean you should hold them to a differnt standard. The first and second testament prohibited the consumption of alcohol and pork you pig.

UE: That’s kinda funny since Christianity and Judaism do NOT say that alcohol isn’t permitted–it’s part of many Jewish sacraments and religious ceremonies. Especially funny, since you tell me I don’t know anything about religion, a statement best told to your mirror. But thanks for the “tip.” DS

Unas Elmawri on August 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Second Testament?
    You mean the New Testament?

    What New Testament verse prohibits drinking wine or beer?
    In fact any verse at all that speaks of wine drinking endorses it.

    ebayer on August 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      What part of the so-called New Testament forbids pork?!?

      skzion on August 5, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Allah seems to be confused quite often. His reputed followers run rings around him everyday.

      Worry01 on August 5, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Bottom line: Yes (Old Testament for pork) and both testaments for drunkenness.

      UE: Um, we Jews first observed not eating pork. You Muslims–whose entire religion is a rip-off of various parts of Judaism and Christianity–merely copied us. DS

      Unas Elmawri on August 6, 2014 at 8:12 am

        Anus sez:

        “f you knew ANYTHING about religion you would know that the 3 major religions all agree that the consumption of alcohol isn’t permitted. . . . The first and second testament prohibited the consumption of alcohol and pork you pig. . . . Bottom line: Yes (Old Testament for pork) and both testaments for drunkenness.”

        Anus, you are such a Moooooslim that you can’t even tell the truth and admit clear errors. First, you erroneously make claims about Judaism and Christianity about alcohol and pork “consumption.” Then you dishonestly attempt to equate drunkenness (which is only visible when public) with alcohol consumption.

        Furthermore, unlike Moooooslims, Jews and Christians don’t piously demand that others change their ways to conform to Jewish or Christian requirements. So, for Mooooooslims to posture as particularly “pious” and to demand special behavior from others, and then publicly and widely flout the behaviors they complain about in others, is, at minimum, piggish behavior.

        You pig.

        skzion on August 6, 2014 at 10:40 am

          (“Flaunt” not “flout.”)

          skzion on August 6, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Unas is an anus.

    DS_ROCKS! on August 5, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Alcohol is also a part of every Roman Catholic Mass. During communion we sip wine to celebrate the Eucharist. It is observed in almost every branch of Christianity including but not limited to- Anglican, Syriac, Lutheran, Baptist, Mennonites, Seventh Day Adventists, United Methodist, Reform Presbyterian- even Non-Trinitarian churches.

    Mary on August 6, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Unas, or is that An Ass? You’re an ignorant type of dipshit. If you knew anything about the Bible you’d know the story of Jesus turning the water into wine. Do you suppose he did that because it was illegal? No, he did it at a wedding feast. Break up with your goat and learn how to read.

    DJH on August 6, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Unas Elmawri, I’m sure everyone appreciates your Muslim perspective, but not everyone subscribes to the old Islamic saying: “Ignorance shall set ye free.” Sure ignorance has its benefits, as you can readily enter into discussions or arguments without need for concern about any facts nor support of any kind. But you will discover that your discussions or arguments will not have persuasive qualities, except among like-minded individuals such as yourself.

    For example, your statement that Christians and Jews forbid consumption of alcohol would not sit well with the Christian Brothers and Manischewitz wineries, who have been around a long time and for the many practicing Christians and Jews that have integrated consumption of wine into their religious practices for centuries.

    But, for your information, Islam basically derived the idea that alcohol is evil by perverting a concept from Buddhism (which existed 12 centuries before Islam was invented) that says that alcohol is a poisonous substance and detracts from the clarity of the mind. There is truth in that, and most sensible people would agree that moderation is the key, and that in activities where a sharp and alert mind and physical skills are involved, such as in operating machinery, including vehicles, alcohol consumption should be avoided, as a matter of safety.

    However, alcohol was not considered a prohibited substance by practicing Buddhists, and like Jews and Christians, they too integrated it into religious practices. For example, drinking alcohol in certain contexts is considered one of the many advanced practices offered in Shambhala’s Tibetan Vajrayana tradition.

    But the idea of administering 20 lashes to someone who has taken a drink of alcohol is strictly a Muslim concept.

    Ralph Adamo on August 6, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Unas is a typical ignoramus. The 3 major religions do NOT prohibit alcohol, in fact Judaism and Christianity both invoke wine in religious ceremonies, such as Holy Communion or Lord’s Supper in Church.

    In fact Muslims were initially allowed to drink alcohol too. But then Mohommmad noticed too many men were showing up drunk to prayers so “Allah” conveniently changed his mind and decided he was against it. I guess “Allah” didn’t see that one coming. So much for being omnipotent and all-knowing.

    Look it up in the Quran if you don’t believe me, or ask an Imam at your mosque, they will confirm this.

    Maureen on August 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Sorry, 4 glasses of wine at Seder suppers. Communion wine in catholic rituals.

    You know where you can stick it, supporter of female genital mutlation.

    Occam's Tool on December 18, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Muslim hypocrisy is fun but since Islam is an immoral religion to begin with I can’t really get too carried away with it.
It’s kind of like pointing out that Michael Moore loves money.

That’s why Muslims need sharia law, FGM and stoning. That’s why Michael Moore needs Obama even though he trash talks him.

migraineboy on August 5, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    It’s not a religion. It’s a misogynistic lifestyle that calls itself a religion so that they can exact taxes and treat others with disrespect.

    DJH on August 6, 2014 at 11:44 am

As for Christian hypocrisy well this is where that path ends.

migraineboy on August 5, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Jeopardy category “Name the Religion”. The answer: Before getting through his first sentence poster tells site host “..get your head out of your ass…” Post ends with calling her a pig.

The question is so obvious–a gimme–the only chance of flubbing it would be not beginning, “What is”.

Brings to mind something skzion said recently: ” Imagine a world without Islam.” Yes, just imagine humanity treated to a world without the ROP(erdition) and good-will toward absolutely nothing and nobody.

lee of the lower case "l" on August 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Hypocrites, phonies, liars.

Describes both moslems and democrats.

JayPee on August 5, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Islam is an embarrassment even to its practitioners. They flee it whenever they think they can get away with it.

Worry01 on August 5, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    That’s a great point, and why I say Islam is not a religion, but the world’s largest gang. Just think; what kind of organization, from the Italian mob to the Crips, Sinhaloa Cartel, name it, locks you in a grip you wish you could get out of, but can’t without getting whacked? Why, a gang, of course.

    Alfredo from Puerto Rico on August 6, 2014 at 10:35 am

Ofcourse, the Torah does not forbid the consumption of JUST pork– the rule is land animals must have split hooves and chew cud in order for Jews to be allowed to eat them (and sea creatures must have fins and scales). Since the monstrosity called “mohammed” was an illiterate idiot, among other horrid things, he cadged bits and pieces from existent religions while invented his new one, in order to try and get followers…without really having any clue behind those bits and pieces. His “all knowing allah” of course makes many mistakes, like thinking Moses’ sister Miryam is the same as jesus’ mother Mary (Miryam)…

unPC on August 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm

There is no Allah, and Mohammed the prophet was a child molesting pedophile who liked to have bukaki with goats.

Canadian Steve on August 6, 2014 at 3:54 pm

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