For reasons that are harder to understand than ever, American political leaders seem compelled to celebrate Ramadan, which is Islam’s holy month.
According to Pew Research Muslims make up less than 1% of America’s population, yet the country is expected to give special attention to this extremely small group.
Fortunately, the new Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson has declined to host a celebration at the State Department of celebrating Ramadan.
According to Reuters, Tillerson has no plans to do anything special to mark the Eid al-Fir holiday.
His rejection of the request suggests there are no plans this year for any high-profile Ramadan function at the State Department. The month of fasting and prayer for Muslims gets under way in many countries on Saturday.
The State Department did note that U.S. ambassadors will acknowledge the holiday in Muslim countries:
We are still exploring possible options for observance of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan. U.S. ambassadors are encouraged to celebrate Ramadan through a variety of activities, which are held annually at missions around the world.
— State Department spokesperson