CAIR Demands That Maryland Schools Close For Islamic Holidays

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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.

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.

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  1. KBiel EnrichingLives says

    Enough is enough. They (foreigners) come to America for a change. I really wish that they would quit trying to change us…. Its bad enough Christmas was taken away from our childrens schools (now called holiday celebration) And you say merry christmas to a person they get offended. Easter was taken away now its Spring vacation. This is not the American way. I understand there is different religions here now but dont take our beliefs our heritage away from us. There are different religions here for centries and they all didnt request or demand that we change the American way. Just like English is the language of America. Why do we have to press #1 for english?? Why is there sseveral different languages printed on our products? If we went to all of these different countries they dont have English written on their products to accomodate us, and we would have to learn their languages if we went there. They came here for a change…they need to STOP trying to change America. The government needs to be replaced along with the obama guy.

  2. Michael Linus Pedersen says

    UMMM. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE, Let students attend school on flex time with a certain number of required days so they can worship or not , as they please.

  3. bmrtoyo says

    tell cair who cares , leave

  4. Dee Dunbar verified deplorable says

    and they responded with what?…………… GO BACK FROM WENCE YOU CAME?

  5. Johnny says

    Most peole come to the USA to become AMERICANS. It seems muslims came here to live as they did where they came from. So, why did you even bother leaving your home land. I speak for myself here. I am an AMERICAN, therefore, I celebrate AMERICAN holidays ONLY. . . . .
    Will we still be the Country of choice and still be America if we continue to make the changes forced on us by the people from other countries that came to live in America because it is the Country of Choice??????
    Think about it . . .
    All I have to say is, when will they do something about MY RIGHTS? I celebrate Christmas, but because it isn’t celebrated by everyone, we can no longer say Merry Christmas. Now it has to be Season’s Greetings. It’s not Christmas vacation, it’s Winter Break. Isn’t it amazing how this winter break ALWAYS occurs over the Christmas holiday? We’ve gone so far the other way, bent over backwards to not offend anyone, that I am now being offended. But it seems that no one has a problem with that. This says it all!
    This is an editorial written by an American citizen, published in a Tampa newspaper. He did quite a job; didn’t he? Read on, please!
    I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the “politically correct” crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others.
    I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America. Our population is almost entirely made up of descendants of immigrants. However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand. This idea of America being a multicultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle. This culture has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.
    We speak ENGLISH, not Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language.
    Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language! “In God We Trust” is our national motto.
    This is not some Christian, right wing, political slogan. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women,
    on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented
    It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider
    another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture. If Stars and Stripes offend you, or
    you don’t like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don’t care how you did things where you came from. This is OUR COUNTRY, our land, and our lifestyle. Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great American freedom, THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.
    If you agree — pass this along;
    if you don’t agree — delete it!

  6. Lucie Ke says

    then go to your country!!!!! we are of Christian faith and our children must go to school period. We Can not and must not celebrate all different faiths holidays. Then they would never learn anything. You get excused to celebrate your holiday then miss school your self. But don’t expect my child to lose their days of learning for your beliefs. they would then have to go to school in summer.

  7. Michael says

    Ignorant heathens, if you want a couple of days off take them, who cares if you miss school it is your choice not the school districts!!! Like Ms. Votano says, “BLOW IT OUT YOUR BURKA, TOWEL, OR BED SHEET, what ever it is that you wear!!!! If you don’t get your way you can always go back to where ever you are from and practice your religion to the max!!!!

  8. frgough says

    That would be a state endorsement of religion.

  9. pat wood says

    to hell with the muslims. they want to cut our heads off and kill all of us. why in hell are we bowing down to them. just because dumb ass obama does. does not mean i will. go to h ell muslim killers.

  10. Navy Nuke says

    Separation of church and state says no.

  11. DJ says

    People think Muslims are peaceful. Time to wake up to the truth.

    1. bmrtoyo says

      anyone who believes they are peaceful has their head in the sand or some hole

  12. ForrestHorn says

    Do the words, “Go perform an impossible act upon yourself,” have any meaning to you? 🙂

  13. Kent2012 says

    it is past time to exterminate cair and the communist party USA and the aclu

  14. Hotnike says

    Islam is an ideology and not a religion as far as I’m concerned. Just don’t send your kids to school on your supposed Holidays. We are a christian country.

  15. Shane says

    Muslims in the USA must learn that we are NEVER going to bow down to their Islamic Sharia law. We are foolish to allow Muslims to immigrate into our country, especially Muslims from countires where Jihadism is prevalent.

  16. $4119491 says

    My ancestors came to America to Maryland and fought in the Revolution. These workers of evil can stuff themselves and go back where they came from. No one “changed the laws” of Maryland for my ancestors. Tell them to go to the devil whom they serve.

  17. Graywolf12 says

    How about they abide with our customs, like No burka, no face veils, treat women as equals, no child rape, I mean marriage, ETC. Next they will demand sharia law, not American law. Do not let the cancer spread.

    1. $4119491 says

      Too many liberal “enablers” already are DOING just that.

    2. Lucie Ke says

      Graywolf, in some aspects such as the sharia law they try to push it on us. You are right! they are cancerous to the USA

    3. maddog2008 says

      They have already pushed for sharia law in some areas of the country. One case, I think in PA., the “judge” said that a muslim couldn’t be held to the same laws as Americans because of his faith. This country and it’s people better wake the hell up soon or there won’t be an America as we know it. 1st step would be to get the muslim POS out of the White House and tell the progressive anti-American democrat loons that we aren’t going to take their crap anymore. 2nd step would be to deport all of the trash that Obama and his gang of anti-American socialist let in. 3rd step is to demand that the MSM reports the truth and not their PC/liberal agenda and views.4th, but not least, would be that anyone that lives on the government teat, IE: entitlement programs, can’t vote until they have some skin in the game so they can’t keep voting themselves a “pay raise”.

      1. Graywolf12 says

        Thank you. Now lets cut the Obama voters in half. Today my daughter called their car insurance carrier to have their daughter removed from their car insurance policy. She refuses to drive, so no insurance needed. Agent asked does she live at home, no. Does she drive, no. do you claim her on income tax, yes. You can not take her off your policy till she is 26 YO. Why? Federal law. OK, Now if they are a child until 26 then they can not drink, smoke cigarettes, have sex with anyone over 25, so Therefore they CAN NOT VOTE. Lets start the push to disenfranchise the children under 26.

      2. Lucie Ke says

        So if muslim killed someone who “broke” their beliefs they get away with murder? Hmmm maybe we should reverse that? no , but I say they can leave this country if they do not follow our laws. We don’t go to their countries and break their laws and make up our own.

  18. Donna E Turner says

    Who do these people think they are? To most Americans they are the enemy. The people who blew up the twin towers. What have they ever done for America or for the rest of the planet? Some nerve. I say we outlaw Islam which has proved itself in every country it infests a violence and a curse.

  19. Domino says

    I have an idea!!! Go home where you can live out all of your bizarre religious obligations without effecting the health and welfare of the American People.

  20. Gary Moeller says

    Screw them.

  21. Shankar/Selina says

    JUst don’t show for school that day! You won’t be missed. Or just make thanksgiving day a muslim holiday too. Now you won’t miss school.

  22. 16HellCat says

    This is how they change countries. they force their beliefs with the words of “ill be offended if you don’t accept this”.

  23. Marie Kalivas Devine says

    In the Bible God commands holy days of no work. There is only one God. The Muslim Qur’an’s primary message is to follow the whole Bible (which gives commanded holy days in Leviticus 23; and it tells us not to add to or diminish from them in Deuteronomy 4:2). We could have unified days of no work. Saturday is the commanded weekly Sabbath of no work (Exodus 20:8-11) also in Lev. 23. Our present problem only exists because we do not follow God as written.That can change.

    1. CHRIS KIRSTEN says

      please tell me how the Qu’ran tells us to follow the bible…

      1. Marie Kalivas Devine says 5:68, 69: 42:13; 3:84

        5:68: O Messenger, announce that which has been revealed to you from your Lord, and if you do not, then you have not conveyed His message. And Allah will protect you from the people. Indeed, Allah does not guide the disbelieving people.
        5:69: Say, “O People of the Scripture, you are [standing] on nothing until you uphold [the law of] the Torah, the Gospel, and what has been revealed to you from your Lord.”

        42:13: He has ordained for you of religion what He enjoined upon Noah and that which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what We enjoined upon Abraham and Moses and Jesus – to establish the religion and not be divided therein. Difficult for those who associate others with Allah is that to which you invite them. Allah chooses for Himself whom He wills and guides to Himself whoever turns back [to Him].

        3:84: Say, “We have believed in Allah and in what was revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Descendants, and in what was given to Moses and Jesus and to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [submitting] to Him.”

        1. bmrtoyo says

          so submit to him , and leave

          1. CHRIS KIRSTEN says

            I second that…

    2. Chief Oren says

      This is called “religious whoredom”. Try and find anything worth printing from the Pedophile Bible, and you will see it only aplies to the vilest of criminals, while forcing the conversion (at best) to their point of view (that is to kill everyone else.). So blow it out your sancimonious pipehole, and kiss another camels ass.

    3. Lucie Ke says

      qur’an is not a bible!! they do not follow the Bible.

      1. Marie Kalivas Devine says

        The Qur’an is supposed to lead people to the Bible. The New Testament is to lead people to the truth of the Old Testament, Law God gave through Moses for the Promised Land. Muslims do not follow Qur’an; and Christians do not follow Bible. Only truth will end our many problems and bring in righteousness and holiness in a kingdom ruled by God’s wisdom. There is only one God. As individuals, all must live by God’s
        word or we will perish…. How? at the hand of each other.

  24. onlymetaz says

    This is The USA we are based on a different religion if they want there religion to be foremost then go back to their country! I’m sorry but if we go in droves to their country we will not get them to change things to fit us nor will they change their language to help us! Too much on what others want and not enough of what this country is about,or the wants and needs of the American People! The one bron and raised with forefathers that fought and died for this country!!!

  25. Jessica Grace says

    I would take my kids out of any school that bent for islam in any way!

  26. Nancy Wilson says

    Why are they demanding anything? Our holidays have not been proclaimed due to demands but rather by tradition. Its time to tell the bullies at CAIR that they have no influence with Americans and should not have with anyone in any government, village, city, state or federal.

  27. jagragg says

    SURE…… Their “Eid al-Adha celebrates sacrifice to God,” (They call him “Allah” not God) is code speak for jihad, martyrdom & the murder of the “infidels.”

    1. SSBohio says

      Allah is simply the Arabic word for God. It’s the same word used by Arabic-speaking Christians and Muslims to refer to the Supreme Being.

      1. pat wood says

        bullshit. christians do NOT call God Allah. he is God .

        muslims are killers, rapists, child killers. and they all need to be shoved back to their own countrys like we did in the crusides

      2. Lucie Ke says

        Jagragg is right in that they do believe in killing the “infidels” those who do not believe in what they do. hmmm I think it is a big mistake to allow that.

      3. jagragg says

        No! “Allah” is the Bedouin god of the night sky, hence their constant use of the crescent moon. They have no concept of the God of Abraham & Isaac.

  28. Melissa BossyBoots Votano says

    If they want the day off for “religious reasons” let them take the day off without it counting toward absences but to shut down the entire district….go blow it out your burka.

    1. IHateLibs says

      I wouldn’t use a Turban or Burka to Wipe my AMERICAN VET AZZ

      1. Melissa BossyBoots Votano says

        But I could be convinced to cure bacon in one.

        1. maddog2008 says

          I wouldn’t disgrace the bacon like that Melissa and I sure as heck wouldn’t eat it afterwards.

          1. Melissa BossyBoots Votano says

            You have a point….

      2. SniperToo says

        I second it, fellow patriot. Vietnam Vet.

    2. bmrtoyo says


    3. SniperToo says

      Bravo, if you want to know why these animals cannot live in the 21st century. Go look up Nikolai Sennels, a Danish psychologist who has annalized the mind set of these idiots. It’s because of 1400 years of inbreeding by marrying their first cousins. There is an article but it is too long to post. Look Sennels up. I lived in France from 2000-2007 and had to be around these fools. Their brains are wired in backwards because of the inbreeding.
      As far as the holiday. Jews have holidays but they don’t demand public schools to shut down in order to accommodate their beliefs. This is just and inch by day of how Muslims take over a Western country. They are not tolerant nor do they want to be. What ever they want they window dress to get it. It’s what is behind the curtain that is dangerous. Beware.

      1. Melissa BossyBoots Votano says

        Thanks for the information. I will check into that.

    4. Ihatestupidppl says

      As a retired teacher of 30+ years, I can tell you any student who missed school for religious reasons was considered: A. Unexcused absence and marked negative on their attendance report or B. Excused absence and marked negative on their attendance report. This all depended on which district and state. There were very few approved Excused absences. The majority were for illness of student, death in the immediate family and family emergencies.

      1. Melissa BossyBoots Votano says

        I put six kids through public schools. I see nothing wrong with accommodating, to a certain degree, the religious diversity that does, in fact, exist in this country. But to hold an entire district hostage is unacceptable. Back in the 80’s I worked in a bank that had a couple of Jewish people working there. We were only allowed so many days off for illness, vacations, paid federal and state holidays, etc but the Jewish folks were allowed to have their holidays without it impacting their absences. They didn’t get paid for them but they were able to fulfill their religious obligations without it affecting their HR files.

  29. anarchyst says

    All adherents to Islam should be required to register as “agents of a foreign government” with the U S State Department pending mandatory deportation. Islam is a political system, NOT a “religion” and as such is not protected by the Constitution. It seems to me that there is another “group” that should also be required to register (and qualify for mandatory deportation) under the same “agents of a foreign government” statute. Only, this “group” is of the “chosen ones that shall not be mentioned” and starts with the letter “z” . . . This “group” infests MY country’s state department and is responsible for the dismal state of MY country’s foreign affairs . . .

    1. jagragg says

      How right you are!

    2. SSBohio says

      Simply false. Islam meets every part of the definition of “religion.”

      1. anarchyst says

        Not true . . . a “religion” concerns itself with the spiritual realm, only touching on appropriate behavior in a most perfunctory sense. Islam rules a whole person’s life, from mandating prayer 5 times per day to mandating civil “punishments” for infractions that are not crimes in civil society. In Islam, “free speech”, criticizing the “system” and apostasy are pretty much capital “crimes” with severe consequences for violating Islamic “law”.
        Imagine Christianity mandating the death penalty for purely religious infractions. . .
        I stand by my statement–Islam is a political system masquerading as a “religion” . . .

        1. Joseph Liberal says

          If you think Islam has killed 1/16th of what christianity has killed you’re wrong.

          1. anarchyst says

            both Judaism and Christianity “outgrew” their excesses. It’s time for islam to do the same . . .

          2. Michael Linus Pedersen says

            What nonsense. Dead Palestinian children and dead Iraqi and Afghani children would disagree, if they could,

          3. anarchyst says

            You are absolutely correct…Zionism is evil. . .our USA wars for Zionism are also evil. Thanks for pointing this out. Best regards.

          4. Navy Nuke says

            Care to back that claim up?

      2. pat wood says

        @ssbohio. you are another muslim loving obama lacky. get out of america.

    3. bikerchick22 says

      and we have obama to thank– he’s one of them!!

    4. maddog2008 says

      Every democrat progressive loon should have to register as “agents of a foreign government”, as they sure do act like it.

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