(Reuters) - Muslim parents, students and civic groups are campaigning to add two of their religious holidays to the New York City public school calendar, pinning their hopes on state lawmakers after failing to win over Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the idea.
Putting Eid Ul-Fitr, a holiday marking the end of Ramadan, and Eid Ul-Adha, celebrating the end of the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, on the list of official school holidays will help ease suspicion and reduce anti-Muslim sentiment nearly a decade after the September 11 attacks, they say.
Read more HERE. Do you think this is helpful? Gosh, we can't even call the Christmas Break "Christmas Break!" Will we now have Buddhist holidays and Hindu holidays and Shinto holidays and TET and...here's more from the linked article:
One muslim father says "Putting the holidays on the calendar will send a positive message to the Muslim community that you are welcome here," he said.
Bloomberg, as stated above, doesn't like the idea, which surprised me, considering he's so behind the 'sensitivity' of building a mosque close to the World Trade Center disaster. But, then I read that he says "Everybody would like to be recognized but the truth of the matter is we need more school days, not less," he said. How long before they shorten the "Winter" or "Spring" Breaks (which were CHRISTMAS and EASTER breaks for a hundred years) to accomodate for so many holidays? A friend with two children went to her school principal asking why they couldn't get a week off BEFORE Christmas as they'd like to travel to their grandparents' for the holiday or have time at home preparing. He told her the teachers say the ski lift tickets and other ski accoutrements are cheaper the week after Christmas. SO, the "Winter Break" is after 'that holiday they can't mention' instead of leading up to it.
So, you think they ought to get two school days off in the NYC schools for two muslim holidays? Maybe there should be a law that says "If a majority, twenty-five percent of the children are of that faith...then......" ?
*by the way, to get an image, I put in MUSLIM KID IMAGES and MUSLIM CHILDREN IMAGES. Try it. zilch