An upcoming weekend barbecue hosted by a local motorcycle club to protest the Islamic holiday Ramadan has the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office ready to provide “extra man power” at the event.
A flier obtained by The Gazette says the Colorado Springs chapter of the Infidels Motorcycle Club is hosting an “open bike party” and “pig roast” – titled “In Defiance of the Islamic Holiday of Ramadan” – at the group’s headquarters northwest of Peterson Air Force base in the Cimarron Hills area.
The motorcycle club is made up of veterans, according to its website.
A notice from the Sheriff’s Office to its deputies said military police found copies of the flier posted around Fort Carson in an attempt to “negatively” impact Muslim military members and their families who are observing Ramadan. The fliers were immediately taken down.
Dani Johnson, a Fort Carson spokeswoman, said she had not heard about the fliers or the barbecue. The Infidels Motorcycle Club is not on Fort Carson’s off-limits list.
Wednesday marked the first day of Ramadan, a monthlong holiday in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, refraining from food, liquids, smoking and sex, to help them understand self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice and people who are less fortunate.
The president of the Colorado Muslim Society, based in Denver, said he had not heard about the barbecue or offensive fliers and did not want to see them.