Originally Posted by vespacat
Why would this ritual continue to be performed as it is now when people are killed virtually every year in recent times due to stampeding?
I'm sure that it must be in accordance with Islamic law not to kill a fellow Muslim during the ritual, if in fact it does discuss this in the Quran. If this ritual is not observed in the Quran, then Muslims are guilty of killing needlessly.
As a supporter of Israel as a Jewish state, I have my own issues with Islam and how they value human life -- particularly Jewish life.
I really don't believe it's fair to make this a religious issue, as it's a public safety issue. How is it any different from Catholics flocking to Vatican City (just think of the masses at JPII's funeral)? Or tens of thousands of fans going to a hockey or soccer game, or a Bon Jovi concert? Or who congregate in Times Square, the Red Square, or at Brandenburg Gate every New Year's Eve?
The Saudi government knows from experience that they can get 2.5 million visitors at this time of year. It's irresponsible of the authorities to let that many people into the country at once, and also not to limit access to the holy sites at any given hour. Why aren't they, e.g., allowing 50,000 people access for two or three hours, moving them out, and letting others in? Why don't you see mounted policemen controlling crowds?
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