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New York City’s Mayor de Blasio took a step in diversifying the New York City Public Schools holiday calendar.

Eid al-Adha marks the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham in Judaism and Christianity) to sacrifice his son for God. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan – the month of sunrise-to-sunset fasting.

According to estimates, there are 100,00 Muslim students in the city’s public school system.

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  • Anthony

    This is one more reason to admire Bill de Blasio. Muslims are 10% of the NYC school population, and if the holidays of Christians and Jews are observed, their holidays should be recognized too.

  • Objection

    I’m not going to pretend like I’m not bias towards the Muslim religion. Children should have their own personal holidays during the school system. Each child could take time off from school according to his or her religion. I would send my children to school on all Jews and Muslim Holidays. I should not have to take time off from work, or pay to send my children to daycare for someone else’s religious belief.

    • Neroli81

      Well, that’s what happens when you choose to send your children to public schools. Your children are in school with students and teachers of all faiths and backgrounds. It would be impossible for schools to accommodate all student and teacher holiday schedule via personal days. Designated days create some order.

      I hope you haven’t passed on your biased attitude about Islam to your children. As a Muslim and human I find this type of thinking highly offensive. I’m sure you don’t like it when people have bias against groups you belong too, either.

    • Objection

      Well, that’s what happens when you choose to send your children to public schools.

      No that’s what happens when politicians like Obama take away the voucher program in cities like D.C.. That’s what happens when Democrats take office.

      It would be impossible for schools to accommodate all student and teacher holiday schedule via personal days. Designated days create some order.

      That’s a lie.

      I hope you haven’t passed on your biased attitude about Islam to your children.

      I hope you haven’t passed on your Muslim faith to your children. Two can play your game.

      As a Muslim and human I find this type of thinking highly offensive.

      I don’t care you find my thinking offensive. I live the United States of America. A country where people are free to think as we please. I will never change my opinion because you are offended.

      I’m sure you don’t like it when people have bias against groups you belong too, either.

      Wrong. I don’t like it when the government is bias. I don’t care what private people think about me.

    • Neroli81

      Darling, the voucher program was federally funded via taxes. Why should we taxpayers have to pay for your children to attend private schools? Quite frankly, that money needs to be redirected to pubic schools, because the surely they need it. Also, you can blame your local political scumbags that persist in cities like DC for mismanaging the voucher funds. Not everything is Obama’s fault.

      What you don’t realize is that immigrant and american Muslims are among the most successful and highly educated groups (second to jewish people ). That’s a fact. This means we earn more money and are paying larger proportion of taxes, which subsidize a lot of the benefits of living in the U.S. that you and your family get to enjoy. All this and still treated like second class citizens by bigots like you.

      Take care and try to relieve some of that hate in your heart. No religion promotes hatred. It’s the crazies in each group that get that twisted. Embrace love, peace, and understanding. These are the tenets of my faith I will pass down to my children.

    • Objection

      You cannot cite one thing I said towards you or Muslims that was hateful. You don’t understand the difference between hate and bias. I was using D.C. as an example on how policy changes according to which party is in office. Federal money should be spent according to how the majority of Americans feel like it should be spent. I don’t care how rich or education Muslims or Jews are, my opinion will not change.

      No religion promotes hatred.

      You and I both know that’s not true.

    • Me

      “Federal money should be spent according to how the majority of Americans feel like it should be spent.”

      that would mean that very few dollars would ever be allocated to blacks, b/c we’re the minority… very few dollars would be allocated to women, very little would be allocated to college students since they only make up about 30% of the population. our government is set up to protect minorities, not bully them with numbers.

    • Objection

      You are misunderstanding me, or maybe I’m not being clear. Federal money would be spent according to the Constitution (14th amendment). It’s unconstitutional to spend money based on race, gender, or religion.

      Its not unconstitutional to give money for education to the parents and not the state. Right now, the federal government gives money for education to the state. I would like to try giving it to the parent.

    • Me

      but we do spend money on gender (WIC and planned parenthood were created specifically to meet the needs of women), and we spend money on race (my brother’s keeper was just put in place last yr and lots of public schools still use affirmative action to distribute financial aid). there are lots of special interest segments that receive federal funding or subsidies specifically because they’re minority groups and it’s not unconstitutional.
      regarding giving money to parents instead of the state, i’m against it. that would be one step closer to privatizing education, and what we need is for education to be socialized. putting education funds in the hands of students/parents is part of the reason that colleges have been jacking up tuition rates b/c they know that whatever they charge, the gov’t will just cut a check so the colleges can pay their presidents & so on millions of dollars a year without any regard to whether the students that are enrolling are actually receiving an education and a degree that will allow them to become contributing members of our economy and society. the answer is not to pawn our problems off on the private sector & have parents competing for a seat at an overpriced school. the answer is smarter management of tax revenue and better guidance of public schools so that every student is able to leave hs w/enough skills to support a family & enough knowledge to pursue more specialization if they decide to go on to college.

    • Objection

      Any person can receive WIC benefits who qualify. Planned parenthood is a non-profit organization not the government. My brother’s keeper is funded by private funding. A lot of affirmative-action programs have been held unconstitutional by the courts.

      You make one good point. College tuition is high because the government refuses to regulate pricing. The federal government has the power to regulate interstate commerce, but the government refuses to regulate. This is one problem I have with the Republican Party, they refuse to properly regulate private companies. The parents should be given the money and the schools should not be allowed to charge crazy prices.

      The government has the power to regulate so tuition will not be so high. I support the idea of private education if the government regulates prices.

      the answer is smarter management of tax revenue and better guidance of public schools so that every student is able to leave hs w/enough skills to support a family & enough knowledge to pursue more specialization if they decide to go on to college.

      Good luck with that Me. I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.

  • [email protected]

    I have no problem with De Blasio’s action at all. Muslims make a large population in New York City and in America. Religious freedom is a cherished human right. For the mayor to accommodate the religious views of Muslim students is a great action taken by him.

  • Delia

    I see where he’s going, but I don’t think ISIS cares.

    • Anthony

      What does ISIS have to do with law abiding tax payers having their celebrations recognized?

    • Delia

      It’s a cynical comment.

    • Anthony

      I guess I’m a bit slow today.