As Muslims across the world observe the holy month, some members of the faith -- such as those with illnesses -- struggle with not being able to meet their religious obligations.
So, apparently there's a 'get out' clause for Muslims fasting during Ramadan: if you're sick, you can eat. Which makes sense.
Personally, I don't have a problem with people starving themselves for a month. I can think of a few people who could do with some of that. What a person decides to do to their body is up to them. When it comes to making children fast, that's a totally other issue that I won't touch here.
This is concerning Muslims with medical conditions who simply cannot fast during Ramadan because their bodies cannot take it. As I said, there's that 'get out' clause and that's great.
I want to talk about this commonality in all religion that makes people feel bad just for being alive. We can't escape it. Pick a religion, pick some harmless neutral behavior of yours, I'm sure it's a sin in some way.
I get the tradition element of fasting during Ramadan, I get the religious significance; I don't sympathize, but I can wrap my head around it. I can't understand compelling people to do it. Making people feel bad for not doing it. Making life hard for people who just can't. Making people feel uncomfortable who would get sick if they followed and obeyed the eating anxieties of a God who probably doesn't exist. A God who, if he really cared that much about people not eating, could have made it such that all his followers could manage it.
Why should people have to do something as basic as eating in the shadows? Why should they have to hide? Not from God who, presumably, can see all, but from adherents who would judge them. Why all the needless explanation, not for not-eating during Ramadan, but for
Why should they have to feel out of place for doing something comes naturally to all of us: wanting to live.