It’s been a tradition for 20 years now, stretching back to Bill Clinton, for the President to host a White House dinner to celebrate the end of Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month.
Even after 9/11, President George W. Bush held the dinner, praising Islam as a “religion of peace,” calling upon all to celebrate.
But President Trump is not Bush, and, after 20 years, the tradition has been broken.
President Trump, who stayed over at the White House for the weekend, did not hold an iftar dinner to commemorate Ramadan. Instead, he issued a statement Saturday morning to celebrate the occasion, which marks the end of the holy month.
“On behalf of the American people,” President Trump said in the statement, “Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr.”
Over the years, the dinners, attended by leaders of the Muslim community, foreign diplomats and members of Congress, have grown odd, given the nonstop Islamic violence spreading across the world. Ramadan brings even more terror as Muslim attackers are seen as martyrs during Ramadan, and supposedly win greater rewards in the afterlife.
What could be the reason to break tradition? For starters, 2017 set a new record for terror attacks during Ramadan (May 26 to June 24). In total, 174 Islamic terror attacks, 1,595 people dead, 1,960 wounded.
So much for a holy month.
The site Religion of Peace, which keeps tabs on attacks carried out by Muslims, reports:
Once again, it was a Ramadan to Remember! As religions go, Islam smoked the competition yet again. Innocent people were beheaded for not knowing the Quran … children machine-gunned for being Christian … yet not a single attack (that we could find) in the name of another religion during the ‘holy’ month.
Trump did have a message for Muslims, however:
“Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity.
“During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill.
“With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values.”
He ended with the traditional Muslim greeting “Eid Mubarak” which means “blessed celebration.”
Blessed celebrations…just not at the White House.
Do you think Trump did the right thing?