Muslims Demand the Removal of all Religious Holidays in One Community Because They Offend Them…AND WIN
Montgomery county’s 2015-16 school calendar will not have Christmas or Easter on it. It also won’t have Yom Kippur or Rosh Hashanah.
The Muslim community in Montgomery wanted one thing: to have their religious holiday, Eid al-Adha, recognized in the same way that Jewish and Christian religious holidays are. They approached Montgomery’s Board of Education to state their request. The result shocked the Muslim community, as the board decided to instead get rid of all references to religious holidays in the school calendar.
Montgomery’s Board of Education has decided that schools will still be closed on the days of Christian and Jewish holidays, but each day off will be attributed to “operational impacts” instead of religious purposes.
Some Muslim leaders are offended by the board’s decision, considering that it came directly after their request for equality among Jewish, Christian and Muslim holidays.
Saqib Ali, a former Maryland state delegate and co-chairman of the Equality for Eid Coalition, was particularly surprised by the board’s decision.
“By stripping the names Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, they have alienated other communities now, and we are no closer to equality,” Ali told the Washington Post. “It’s a pretty drastic step, and they did it without any public notification.”
Co-chair Zainab Chaudry also expressed her disappointment, saying that the school board’s members would rather “paint themselves as the Grinch who stole Christmas” than grant equal treatment for the Muslim holiday.
“They would remove the Christian holidays and they
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