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    New York schools may close for Muslim holidays

    New York schools may close for Muslim holidays

    Schools in New York, the biggest city in the U.S., might be about to implement shutdowns on certain Muslim holy days, as both mayoral candidates running for City Hall have said they support such a move.

    A report in the New York Daily News says that Bill de Blasio, the Democrat, and Joe Lhota, his Republican opponent, believe both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha should be added to the holiday calendar along with other major religious observations, including Christmas, Good Friday and Rosh Hashanah.

    De Blasio, who was speaking in Brooklyn at a campaign event, said the closings should be done out of respect for Islam. The report says an estimated 13% of New York's pupils are Muslim.
    However, in other parts of the nation with large Muslim populations, like Dearborn, Mich., some schools do account for Muslim holidays and close the classrooms. Massachusetts and Vermont contain districts that shut schools for some Muslim holidays, and the Washington, D.C., suburb of Montgomery County, Md., is seeing an effort underway to adopt a similar policy.
    This is the problem with mixing religion and state. If you want your kids celebrating your religious holidays, they can go to religious charter schools - or better yet - don't bring them to school that day. You don't have a right to make everyone else observe your religious events.
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    Re: New York schools may close for Muslim holidays

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    New York schools may close for Muslim holidays





    This is the problem with mixing religion and state. If you want your kids celebrating your religious holidays, they can go to religious charter schools - or better yet - don't bring them to school that day. You don't have a right to make everyone else observe your religious events.
    so who is forcing you to observe anything it is just a day off

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    Re: New York schools may close for Muslim holidays

    Quote Originally Posted by trfjr View Post
    so who is forcing you to observe anything it is just a day off
    By closing down the schools over religious events you are in fact forcing others to register it as being significant. Not only that, you're stopping others from performing their labor due to the religious beliefs of others.
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    Re: New York schools may close for Muslim holidays

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    This is the problem with mixing religion and state. If you want your kids celebrating your religious holidays, they can go to religious charter schools - or better yet - don't bring them to school that day. You don't have a right to make everyone else observe your religious events.
    Try delivering that message to the (I'm sure very large) majority of parents with respect to Christmas.
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    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: New York schools may close for Muslim holidays

    Does this mean they will ask for 9/11 to be a holiday also?

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    Re: New York schools may close for Muslim holidays

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    Does this mean they will ask for 9/11 to be a holiday also?
    Sentiments like that, delivered even in jest, are why I call Muslims the new niggers.
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    Re: New York schools may close for Muslim holidays

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    Try delivering that message to the (I'm sure very large) majority of parents with respect to Christmas.
    Christmas is about as religious as St. Patrick's Day these days. But hopefully, one day we'll get rid of such nonsense and simply call it for what it is: Two weeks off where we pretend we're Christians by doing everything Christ advocated against.
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    Re: New York schools may close for Muslim holidays

    "New York schools may close for Muslim holidays"



    ...just to be safe.

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    Re: New York schools may close for Muslim holidays

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Christmas is about as religious as St. Patrick's Day these days. But hopefully, one day we'll get rid of such nonsense and simply call it for what it is: Two weeks off where we pretend we're Christians by doing everything Christ advocated against.
    For some people it is, for some people it isn't. Either way, I don't have a problem with public schools recognizing other holidays while Christmas holds a special place.
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    Re: New York schools may close for Muslim holidays

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    This is the problem with mixing religion and state.
    How is this "mixing religion and state"? Schools will be simply closed on Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, to make things easier for the growing number of Muslim students. I think de Blasio is a terrible candidate, and I don't know much about Lhota, but in this case they both make perfect sense.

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