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FORT WORTH — For some faithful rodeo fans, the inclusion of a Muslim imam in the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has become a burr under the saddle.
The Stock Show has become more diverse this year as officials have let more groups offer prayers before the start of events. But the Facebook page for the 23-day event lit up this week after Moujahed Bakhach of the Islamic Association of Tarrant County led the public prayer Sunday night.
While many of the comments on the Stock Show’s Facebook page were supportive of the more inclusive prayer policy, most were not.
Opposition seemed directed not personally at Bakhach or his words but at the inclusion of a member of the Islamic clergy during a time of violence involving Muslim terrorists.
originally posted by: DAVID64
a reply to: OpinionatedB
Would you, if you were a Christian, want the same tolerance and respect for your faith in the same situation?
originally posted by: OpinionatedB
a reply to: DAVID64
How many of those cowboys are Muslim? How many of the persons purchasing tickets?
originally posted by: ketsuko
Did they have a significant portion of Muslims at the event?
According to the 2010 Census, Texas is home to more Muslims (140,000) than any other state in the country. They are our neighbors, co-workers and leaders in various segments of our community.
originally posted by: CrikeyMagnet
Pray in the back room if you need it to get through the day. Pray in private, or even in a prearranged location with others of your ilk. Christians should not be catered to any more than the rest of the God/Gods-fearing public. I don't care what your religion is. I don't expect you to care (or have any bloody business caring) about mine.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.