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TV channel RTL2 offers Muslims fasting notices during Ramadan

AFP · 10 Aug 2010, 17:29

Published: 10 Aug 2010 17:29 GMT+02:00

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"You can theorise all you like about integration, but we wanted to send a clear signal," Carsten Molings, head of marketing at the channel, said in a statement.

"RTL2 makes programmes for all people and followers of all religions. Just as every year we reflect Christmas and Easter in our programming, we wanted to do the same for Ramadan."

Muslims observing Ramadan fast between sunrise and sunset, meaning in Europe nothing can pass their lips for up to 16 hours. RTL2 will show a message on the screen at these times.

The holy month was expected to start on Wednesday throughout much of the world or a day later, depending on the sighting of the crescent moon the night before.

The Central Council for Muslims in Germany (ZMD), representing Germany's roughly four million believers, welcomed RTL2's decision.

"This shows how successful integration is in this country," ZMD general secretary Aiman Mazyek said in a statement. "Actions like this are an example to all."

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18:00 August 10, 2010 by MonkeyMania
And the notices will be sponsored by a German beer brand.
18:27 August 10, 2010 by NYsteve
what is it going to be?....16 hours of Don't Eat...Don't Eat...Don't Eat.....and then..............EAT, EAT, EAT...GO, GO, GO!!!! ????
18:38 August 10, 2010 by 9900lawre
Time and time again i read articles which turn into a debait about how to treat or better integrate the muslim community into the western world. This i believe is such an article.

If a Muslim doesn't know when Ramadan is then they are not a muslim that is that bothered by it.

Such a pointless exercise, it's commercialising the whole event just like a count down to christmas or newyear.
19:29 August 10, 2010 by MonkeyMania
Oh, I don't know. Somehow I find women in those headscarves very attractive in a kinky sort of way. What does anyone else think? Not sure how I would handle the whole Burka thingy though. Depends on how sexy the eyes are.
19:37 August 10, 2010 by BR549
I wish RRTL2 would provide a service when start and stop drinking beer!
19:39 August 10, 2010 by MonkeyMania
Don't need that service BR549. Start when you wake up and finish when you fall asleep.
19:41 August 10, 2010 by BR549
Amen, Bruthah!
21:07 August 10, 2010 by JAMessersmith
I somehow get the feeling that if they did something similar for Christians... they'd be called right-wing extremists. One step closer to theocracy.
21:12 August 10, 2010 by BR549
@ JAMessersmith -

I know Theo Cracy, what a pompous A$$!
21:25 August 10, 2010 by 9900lawre
Imagine the insult that at home you watch a McDonalds advert that has the catchy theme of "I'm loving it" and at the same time the info line at the bottom of the screen reminds you that you can't eat because it's not time yet.

Thank alah for 24hr fast food.
04:20 August 11, 2010 by jlmcnamara
"RTL2 would like to let you know that the sun has set for tonight. But stay tuned for naked girls in showers on Big Brother and David Duchovny doing the nasty on Californication. Up next!"
11:35 August 11, 2010 by moistvelvet
Good for RTL2, also handy for us none believers of all faiths except Jedism, we know when we can and cannot invite our muslim neighbours round for a BBQ
15:44 August 11, 2010 by Clapoti
Can't you just look outside instead and see if the sun is up or not ??
16:46 August 11, 2010 by Col Richie
You guys are simply bunch of nuts. If they are doing this act as a favor for a community, what's wrong in it?
17:12 August 11, 2010 by firedixie
Forget political correctness for I dont believe it in. I believe in TRUTH and political correctness has done away with it! If you are saying that you give Muslims the same as Jesus Christ which is the ONLY truth ... then you mock God himself. There was a time when no newspaper in the world would have done this. Now evil has so run abroad everywhere.

Muslim is not a relgion as much as it is a POLITICAL RISING.

What religion endorses the murder of people who dont want to believe in their god? What religion believes in making slaves of women? Not any religion I believe comes from God.

Wake up ... you, as a newspaper, best know who your enemy is and who is not.
00:12 August 12, 2010 by wenddiver
@firedixie- "Insert REBEL Yell here" I totally agree.
17:56 August 13, 2010 by theMaggiSauce
Where can I get one of those new Ramadan souvenir ? do they also sing songs as Christmas? well I can not wait to find out.
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