Friday, June 19, 2009

Education Panel Votes to add 2 Muslim Holidays to Calendar

While Muslims in America who are preaching for jihad are dangerous, the ones who use our freedoms against us to slowly change the country to suit Islam are the more dangerous ones.

Education panel votes to add 2 Muslim holidays to school calendar
by Staten Island Advance Thursday June 18, 2009

It's not easy having to choose between religion and education. Some would even say it's not fair.

But for those people whose religious holidays aren't recognized by the public school system, that's the choice they have to make.

Yesterday, the City Council's Education Committee advocated to eliminate that dilemma -- at least for Muslim families. The committee passed a resolution that would call upon the city Department of Education to incorporate two major Muslim holidays into the school calendar. The committee has also been pushing for the introduction of a state law that would require schools to close on those two days.

The 10-1 vote, with Councilman Oliver Koppell (D-Bronx) voting no, came with concerns from some council members that giving children two more days off would negatively impact their education. Some said they were voting in favor with the hope that the school calendar would be extended so students wouldn't lose out on classroom time.

The two holidays are Eid ul-Fitr, a day of giving thanks, and Eid ul-Adha, a day of remembrance.

"This is about being inclusive," said Education Committee Chairman Robert Jackson. "This is about the city of New York being flexible to understand that the diversity of our city is complimented when we can include all holidays into the school calendar."

Officials said the resolution will come before the entire City Council on June 30.

-- Reported by Amisha Padnani

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