One school board meeting featured Muslim students asking for these holidays off.
Schools all over the United States have stepped back from celebrating or even acknowledging any religious holidays. Calendars have been stripped of the word “Christmas” in the name of diversity and to not offend anyone that does not celebrate the holiday. It seems this was done to quietly accept the fact that more and more immigrants coming into the states are not Christians.
With a line drawn to separate church and state, it seems odd that in the state of Iowa there is a movement to force everyone that attends public school to celebrate Muslim holidays. The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) moved towards making Islamic holy holidays mandatory while glossing over the fact that they are not allowed to celebrate Christian based holidays. This means tax dollars will go directly to supporting Islam in classrooms.
The issue tied to the Muslim holidays came to light at a school board meeting on February 8thof this year. Young Muslim students were organized to make a presentation to the board.
They made their demands pretty straightforward, the area is changing, and the school needs to reflect this change. It was obvious the children were used by their parents and members of the community in a well-rehearsed public speech.
As they stood to speak at microphones that had to be lowered to meet the short stature of the children, their logic was simple.
The school should be closed on days that are important to the Muslim faith because more and more Muslims are moving into Iowa.
They are pushing for the Muslim faith to be honored and acknowledged well beyond any other religion in the schools.
Even though the religion by no means is the most prevalent in the area, somehow the schools should close specifically for two holidays only celebrated by those who follow the Islamic faith.
A request to close for both Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha seems a bit far-reaching for a public school. The school-aged visitors to the board meeting shared that closing for the holidays would benefit many people as the Muslim population moves in.
What they did not share is the fact that no other religion enjoys this type of treatment.
While most schools close for a winter break that includes Christmas and New Years, this is not a direct reason for students to take any particular day off.
For the most part, federal holidays like Christmas signal things like businesses being closed and vacation time for the majority of the population. This is not the case for Islamic holidays.
Having to close the schools to celebrate Muslim holidays puts many at a disadvantage.
For the majority of students, the parents would more than likely need to go to work anyway. These are not federally protected holidays.
Forcing families to have kids out of school for a holiday only a few students celebrate seems a bit overwhelming for the masses. Parents would now need to figure out how to handle missing work or paying extra for a sitter.
It also seems unfair to not allow any mention of Christmas in most classrooms but force students to miss school for an Islamic holiday.
Beyond the hardship families would face having to deal with two days out of school that is not tied to anything most employers would understand, there were other issues with the two holidays in question.
Even though the schools have not yet decided to close for the two Muslim holidays, they have allowed celebrations for the holidays to occur on school grounds.
In May of 2018, at least one school in the ICCSD will celebrate Eid Al-Fitr with a party. The odd thing about this party is that the holiday will not occur this year during the school year.
Webber Elementary School in Iowa City will set aside a day in May to honor Eid Al-Fitr. This event was created by a group of students because they asked why they could not celebrate Islamic holidays as other students celebrated Halloween.
Webber principal Yaa Appiah-McNulty took the students request to heart and allowed the group to create a school-wide event based on the highly religious day.
According to report about the school celebration:
“Eid -ul -Fitr is a unique festival. It has no connection with any historical event nor is it related to the changes of seasons or cycles of agriculture. It is not a festival related in any way to worldly affairs. Its significance is purely spiritual. It is the day when the Muslims thank Allah for having given them the will, the strength and the endurance to observe fast and obey His commandment during the holy month of Ramadha.”.
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The article states:
“With a line drawn to separate church and state, it seems odd that in the state of Iowa there is a movement to force everyone that attends public school to celebrate Muslim holidays.”
This is false. They were “requesting” a day off – not forcing anyone to celebrate anything.
The article states:
“The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) moved towards making Islamic holy holidays mandatory while glossing over the fact that they are not allowed to celebrate Christian based holidays.”
This is false, they are “requesting a day off – not forcing anyone to celebrate anything.
The article states:
“They made their demands pretty straightforward, the area is changing, and the school needs to reflect this change.
This is false, it was not a “demand,” it is a “request,” and a normal part of how communities operate.
The article states:
“The school should be closed on days that are important to the Muslim faith because more and more Muslims are moving into Iowa.”
If the community decides that, there’s nothing wrong with it.
The article states:
“They are pushing for the Muslim faith to be honored and acknowledged well beyond any other religion in the schools.”
This is false. Other religions have days off on their holidays. Many schools have both Christmas and Hanukkah off.
This is up to the local school board and community. That’s how America works. Trying to vilify people who “ask” for something and pursue it in a legal fashion is un-American.
I’m a Christian. I know that Jesus Christ would reject lies.
Obama’s million Muslims are on the job of making the Great Satan more Muslim. No wonder Obama said when push comes to shove, he stands with Muslims.
islam is not a religion; it is an evil cult/ideology. allah is the moon god, among 300 other gods, that muhammed picked for his followers to worship/ pay allegiance. When a cult/ideology brainwashes their people to hate, to lie, and to murder anyone who isn’t “like them,” there is something seriously wrong. From the very beginning of islam, it used force and murder; there was never a choice given to people; millions have died because of this evil cult. Why would anyone in our free democratic, (mostly Christian) country give a minute of their time to this idiocy?
Cut the taxes now, it’s your money funding these schools. The answer is noooooo. Stop it now. We can’t pray in schools, we cant read scripture, we can’t say merry Christmas. Get very real folks, you let this happen it will be the beginning of the end. No prayer rooms, none of it.
All schools should be privatised. Then each school could set its own rules and parents could send their children to schools that best reflected their values and no one would be forced to fund (via taxes) schools that taught things they don’t approve of. Privatization of schools would immediately end school conflicts over creationism vs evolution, sex education vs no sex education, multi gender vs traditional men/women only genders, mandatory sports vs no sports, Islamic holidays vs Christian holidays vs whatever holidays. Or, parents could arrange for homeschooling. Once again, in education as in everything else – freedom of choice is the best answer.
They should do like any “normal” parent…pull your kid out of school if you need to observe a holy day. If you don’t like it…homeschool!
The more Muslims we let in our country the less freedoms we will have. Europe is almost lost. London is the acid attack capital of the world and Muslims are taking over Western Europe, at the invitation of the Globalists. How do I know? I talk to people from Europe and Britain everyday. It is heartbreaking to see what is happening.
It’s almost to the point where I am fearing the invasion of muzzies as much as I fear the invasion of illegal alien from Mexico. When are we gonna stop the muzzies from taking over our country?
Muslims need to realize that when they come to America they are to become assimilated into our society with our laws and our way of life. If they like the way of life in their original country, then STAY THERE! Why should WE change just for you? So why do they want to bring those “HELL-HOLE” systems here that they are obviously trying to get away from? If they want an oppressive system to live under then don’t bring that system to
America and don’t try to change us to your way of life. Embrace our way of life/laws or remain a citizen of the country you came from.