Libyans on Wednesday wept over the graves of those killed in their six-month war against Moammar Gadhafi, then celebrated their newfound freedom with morning prayers and joyous chants in the capital’s main square — bittersweet rituals marking the start of a major Muslim holiday

The prayer leader urged the crowd not to seek retribution against Gadhafi loyalists. “No to revenge, yes to the law that rules between us and those who killed our brothers,” he said. “Let there be forgiveness and mercy among us.”

Wednesday marked the start of the three-day holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which caps the holy fasting month of Ramadan. The start of the holiday is determined by the sighting of a new moon, and several countries in the Arab world started marking the holiday on Tuesday. Morning visits to cemeteries are part of the Eid al-Fitr tradition across the region

Why do the secular news reporters always talk about the “holy” prayers, the Mosque worship, and give extensive explanation of Muslim religious festivals.  Yet, these same secular reporters insist on a strict separation of Church and State in the US and on the major Christian holy days in the USA we read about the Santa Claus and the Easter bunny?  Are the Muslims worthy of respect for their religion but USA Christians are to be barely tolerated?


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