Muslim council chiefs ban ALL members from eating in meetings during Ramadan
29th August 2008, Daily Mail:
Councillors have been ordered not to eat during town hall meetings while Muslim colleagues fast during the holy month of Ramadan.Sounds like something Leichhardt Council would do. From diversity to division to devolution to disaster. It all starts with diversity.
All elected members at Left-wing Tower Hamlets Council in East London have been sent an email asking them to follow strict Islamic fasting during September no matter what their faith.
As well as restricting food and drink until after sunset, the authority's leaders have decided to reduce the number of meetings throughout the month so they do not clash with the requirements of Ramadan.
The seven remaining meetings scheduled to take place will also include special prayer breaks to accommodate Muslim councillors.
But some members of the Labour-run council say the demands favour one religious group over the others.
Dr Stephanie Eaton, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said she would ignore the restrictions ...