CAIR demands Maryland schools close for Islamic holidays


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Zainab Chaudry, Council on American-Islamic Relations

On the one hand, it’s a good idea to be respectful of religious holidays. However, in a nation like America that has people from every faith on earth, if all of us took a holiday every time some religion had a holy day, we’d never get anything done. The Council on American–Islamic Relations would apparently be just fine with that, according to

Standing in front of the Montgomery County Council Office Building in Rockville, Northwest High School senior Anhar Karim said he is one of many students in the county who have faced a hard decision related to two Muslim holidays.

Karim said that when a holiday conflicts with school, he can either celebrate and miss class or go to school and miss the celebration.

“We are forcing our students into an unreasonable decision,” said Karim, who is president of the Montgomery County Muslim Student Association.

Karim and other speakers urged Montgomery County Public Schools to close when classes fall on Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr during a Monday press conference held by the Maryland chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations and the Equality for Eid Coalition.

Eid al-Adha celebrates sacrifice to God and falls on Oct. 15 this year. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and was Aug. 8. The dates of the holidays change because of the Islam lunar calendar.

The coalition, which is sponsored by the council, formed about a year ago to pursue a long-standing goal for the school closures.

Percentage wise, there really aren’t very many Muslims in the United States and once you get outside of say, Michigan, you could probably make just as good a case that Hindus, Scientologists, and Voodoo practitioners deserve holidays off as Muslims. That’s not a slap at Muslims; it just the demographic reality of the country. So, no, schools shouldn’t be taking Islamic holidays off.

 Quiz: Do you qualify for CAIR’s Islamaphobe list?

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24 thoughts on “CAIR demands Maryland schools close for Islamic holidays

  1. chunok says:

    How about religion Buda? Some Asian people celebrate own holidays in their country. Islamic Muslim belong to middle east. Yep. just take it back and celebrate and enjoy your own. American people should enjoy own holidays.

  2. C Ken Davis Sr says:

    they want us to accommodate them. Screw them.

  3. Si Simmons says:

    Maryland officials will cave!

  4. Gabriel Beaven says:

    Remind me again why we let these people in our country only to tell us what to do?

  5. jonzz999 says:

    CAIR demands WHAT?!?!?! How about I DEMAND that CAIR comes out and UNEQUICOCALLY RENOUNCES ARAB TERRORISM! But they NEVER do that.. We’ll see that when pigs fly… f*cking moslem scumbags!

  6. BeenThere DoneThat says:

    we never got off for Jewish Holidays, why should they!

  7. Clotilde Ferguson says:

    All of America’s holidays have been secularized! We’re not even supposed to say “Merry Christmas” anymore as it is not PC and is offensive to some! What a bunch of CRAP!!!!! Yes, we were originally founded on multiple freedoms to include religious freedom…that does not mean force your beliefs on us. Our founding fathers were Christian and that is why we were founded on Christian principles. If you cannot observe your “religious” holidays quietly and personally, THEN TOO BAD!!!! My Jewish friends had to do just that as we were growing up…there was no school closure for them. What makes you think that you are any better than they? YOU ARE NOT! We all have our varied beliefs and choose to celebrate in our own ways. Stay home if you must but DO NOT ATTEMPT TO IMPOSE YOUR WAYS ON US! This is AMERICA…there is FREEDOM to believe your own way and that was bought and paid for with the lives of many men and women who chose to preserve that freedom for each and every AMERICAN. If you don’t like it here – LEAVE! No one is forcing you to stay…in fact we would be grateful if you did leave and stop trying to take over our country. If being a Christian and an American makes me and infidel – THEN SO BE IT! I AM PROUD TO HAVE JESUS AS MY SAVIOUR AND TO BE AN AMERICAN!

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  8. Josie says:

    The public schools in my area are closed on the two major fall Jewish holidays, BUT I live in a very Jewish area of south Florida. If they had classes on those days more then half of the kids wouldn’t be there so because of that they close the schools. But again, more than HALF of the students are Jewish. If the majority of students are Muslim then I could see the argument but if that isn’t the case then tough cookies, they take a day off of school and it can be an excused absence.

  9. CoonOkie says:

    They are in the United States not a Muslim country. If you don’t like our holidays, exercise another right and get the hell out of the United States

  10. McB says:

    Like homeschooling is not an option? 😉

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