Listen For the Sound of Heads Exploding: Muslim Holiday to Be Observed in NYC Schools

February 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM 2 comments

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Muslim families in New York City have been requesting official recognition for Islamic holidays in public schools for years now, but they may finally see some changes under new Mayor Bill de Blasio.

On Monday he discussed the issue on the Brian Lehrer Show, declaring that he planned to move forward with closing schools for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, as well as for the Lunar New Year.

“It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” he said, according to the New York Daily News.

Though Muslims appreciate his efforts, another community is feeling stiffed. De Blasio said on Monday that he hadn’t yet taken a position on whether Diwali should be officially recognized with a day off for public schools. The festival of lights is celebrated in the Hindu, Jain, and Sikh communities and is an important holiday.

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Oh my god, I love this!  Finally, finally someone is moving off the dime that says only high Christian holy days can be officially observed (here, in a nation that was built on the separation of church and state).  In my opinion the federal government has no business designating religious holidays of any kind.  Since it’s already gone there, the government shouldn’t favor one religion over another but turn high holy days in all religions into holidays.

See the problem with starting down that road?

Thank goodness Mayor de Blasio is bring this to the fore.  We need to talk about it.

Newly elected NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio is no stranger to controversy. The inauguration of this communist mayor included a prayer from a pro-Louis Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite, imam. Additionally, a member of De Blasio’s team received an award from the Communist Party USA.

Now, De Blasio has stated that he plans to close city schools for two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year. As reported in the New York Daily News, De Blasio wants to get these holidays in place as quickly as possible.

Appearing on WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show” on Monday, the mayor said he hadn’t taken a position on whether Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India and other South Asian countries, should be a day off from school.

But he said he’d move forward with closing schools for Lunar New Year and for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Muslim holy days.

“It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” he said.

 

– See more at: http://www.tpnn.com/2014/02/04/nyc-mayor-de-blasio-to-close-schools-for-muslim-holidays/#sthash.rjQ0goHa.dpuf

Newly elected NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio is no stranger to controversy. The inauguration of this communist mayor included a prayer from a pro-Louis Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite, imam. Additionally, a member of De Blasio’s team received an award from the Communist Party USA.

Now, De Blasio has stated that he plans to close city schools for two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year. As reported in the New York Daily News, De Blasio wants to get these holidays in place as quickly as possible.

Appearing on WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show” on Monday, the mayor said he hadn’t taken a position on whether Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India and other South Asian countries, should be a day off from school.

But he said he’d move forward with closing schools for Lunar New Year and for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Muslim holy days.

“It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” he said.

 

– See more at: http://www.tpnn.com/2014/02/04/nyc-mayor-de-blasio-to-close-schools-for-muslim-holidays/#sthash.rjQ0goHa.dpuf

Newly elected NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio is no stranger to controversy. The inauguration of this communist mayor included a prayer from a pro-Louis Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite, imam. Additionally, a member of De Blasio’s team received an award from the Communist Party USA.

Now, De Blasio has stated that he plans to close city schools for two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year. As reported in the New York Daily News, De Blasio wants to get these holidays in place as quickly as possible.

Appearing on WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show” on Monday, the mayor said he hadn’t taken a position on whether Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India and other South Asian countries, should be a day off from school.

But he said he’d move forward with closing schools for Lunar New Year and for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Muslim holy days.

“It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” he said.

 

– See more at: http://www.tpnn.com/2014/02/04/nyc-mayor-de-blasio-to-close-schools-for-muslim-holidays/#sthash.rjQ0goHa.dpuf

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. coconutspeak  |  February 4, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    One of my best friends is a Muslim. She has two kids in college. These kids were educated in an Islamic school and of course, they observed the Islamic holidays. This country was founded on the principals of religious freedom. Every religion has a right to be observed. If all are not free, none of us are free.

  • 2. Say It Ain't So Already  |  February 4, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Bingo!

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