CAIR pushes NYC schools to recognize Muslim holidays, candidates agree

New York City schools may close for Muslim holidays in the 2014-15 school year – with the blessing of the new mayor.

NYC Joe Lhota Bill de Blasio

Republican Joe Lhota and Democrat Bill de Blasio, NYC Mayoral candidates

Both mayoral candidates are supportive of the idea, with Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota saying they would recognize Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha as public school holidays, according to the New York Post.

“We have a growing Muslim community in the city of New York, and their religion needs to be respected as all other religions are respected,” Lhota told the New York Daily News Wednesday. “We’re not going to lose the school days. We’ll have to extend the school days by those two days. But nonetheless those who are Muslim will be allowed to have that day off to celebrate their holidays.”

De Blasio estimated that 13 percent of students are Muslim, telling Muslim groups at a Brooklyn campaign rally Wednesday that recognizing Muslim holidays in schools is a matter of “respect.”

“A child who has an exam on a day that right now is one of the Eid holidays, they’re either respecting their religious obligation or they’re doing what their education requires of them,” de Blasio said, according to the Daily News. “They can’t do both under our current system.”

Some school districts across the United States are already observing Muslim holidays, according to Al Jazeera America which reported:

Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, both in Michigan, allow three days off in observance of the holidays because of the towns’ large Muslim populations. Like Rosh Hashana, the holidays happen according to a lunar calendar, so their dates change year to year.

School districts in Massachusetts and Vermont also close for at least one Muslim holiday each year.

Muslim school girlsThe Council on American-Islamic Relations, known as CAIR, has pushed the school district in Montgomery County, Md., to add Muslim holidays to its calendar, according to Al Jazeera America.

“Parents should not be forced to choose between religious observance or the education of their children simply because they’re of a different faith,” CAIR-MD Vice President Zainab Chaudry said, according to a statement provided to Al Jazeera.

Conservative opponents of the idea say it is still too soon after the Muslim extremist-led terrorist attacks on New York City to give Muslims the same accommodations made for Christian and Jewish students.

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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85 thoughts on “CAIR pushes NYC schools to recognize Muslim holidays, candidates agree

  1. Laverl Turley says:

    I can see this if there are Muslims that go to that school. But if there are schools that do not have Muslims attending that school, what is the point. So to get to my point, the parent teacher groups for each school should make that decision, not the politicians for the whole school system. Return the control back to the parents and teachers of the schools.

  2. Don Foss says:

    The Qur’an is anti-Democratic, full of calls for killing, murder, and hatred of others, encourages terrorism – Muhammad himself said “I have been successful through terror” – and encourages abuse of women and kuffar (infidels), compares Christians to cattle, Hindus and Buddhists (older than Islam) to “the lowest of creatures,” and says explicitly that Jews are “the descendants of apes and pigs.” Sharia law calls for killing those who leave their religion. Islam has absolutely nothing to do with our values, and so its holidays should never be recognized in this country and its holy book should be read in every high school classroom in its entirety as a manuel of hatred and warning.

  3. Ted Paine says:

    Another reason to cut off NYC from the rest of NYS. From Westchester Co. down would be absorbed into NYC. Hell, we’ll even throw in Long Island.

    1. Doug says:

      Nobody wants Long Island.

      1. Ted Paine says:

        Ha! And I can understand why….

  4. Ishmael_137 says:

    School districts currently celebrate no Christian holidays and are stripping away all the names and trappings (even Valentine Cards are banned, and Easter Eggs are Spring Eggs), so why are school districts so eager to cave to Islamic intimidation? Perhaps they want to prove they are not an “enemy.” Perhaps they want to save their necks. Perhaps they see which way the wind is blowing.

  5. JudyBuda says:

    Stupid, they are free to chose any religion they want but to make Americans ” respect ” their religion is an insult.

  6. gregkliebigsr says:

    the name allah IS NOT THE NAME OF OUR CREATOR GOD, YAHWEH IS HIS NAME, AND TOGATHER WITH HIS HOLY SON YESHUA (JESUS) AND THE HOLY GHOST MADE AND CREATED ALL THAT IS SEEN AND UNSEEN! SO , NO AMERICA DO NOT FALL FOR THIS FALSE GOD! DO NOT SO MUCH AS ACKNOWLEDGE it!

    Deuteronomy 5 :7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me! THE ONE GOD YAHWEH HAS SAID THAT , I will not argue this matter with any man! Take it up with MY FATHER GOD! If you are in doubt ask HIS SON YESHUA (JESUS) JOHN 14:6 HIS words, they be in red! and besides all that islam garbage came 700 years after the RESURRECTION OF THE LORD JESUS! FOLKS, YOUR UNBELIF AND REBELLION ARE JUST ABOUT TO MAKE FATHER VERY MAD AND ANGRY!

    SO, there will be no more allah, no more buddha, no more false gods of the hindus; NO MORE DEMONS FROM HELL WHO ARE STEALING WORSHIP AND GLORY FROM THE ONE AND ONLY GOD , YESHUA!!

    Zephaniah 2:11. The Lord will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.

  7. gregkliebigsr says:

    John 14: 6. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

  8. gregkliebigsr says:

    the name allah, IS NOT THE NAME OF OUR CREATOR GOD, YAHWEH IS HIS NAME, AND TOGETHER WITH HIS HOLY SON YESHUA (JESUS) AND THE HOLY GHOST MADE AND CREATED ALL THAT IS SEEN AND UNSEEN! SO , NO AMERICA DO NOT FALL FOR THIS FALSE GOD! DO NOT SO MUCH AS ACKNOWLEDGE it!

    Deuteronomy 5 :7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me! THE ONE GOD YAHWEH HAS SAID THAT , I will not argue this matter with any man! Take it up with MY FATHER GOD! If you are in doubt ask HIS SON YESHUA (JESUS) JOHN 14:6 HIS words, they be in red! and besides all that islam garbage came 700 years after the RESURRECTION OF THE LORD JESUS! FOLKS, YOUR UNBELIF AND REBELLION ARE JUST ABOUT TO MAKE FATHER VERY MAD AND ANGRY!

    SO, there will be no more allah, no more buddha, no more false gods of the hindus; NO MORE DEMONS FROM HELL WHO ARE STEALING WORSHIP AND GLORY FROM THE ONE AND ONLY GOD , YESHUA!!

    Zephaniah 2:11. The Lord will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.

  9. tina says:

    who made the rule that we have to be considerate to others differences when they are violent to our differences, we better wake up

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