After Years Of Muslim Requests, One School District Scrubs Its Calendar Of All Religious Holidays

Maybe the intrusions of Islam in our Western culture could help us head in a direction of removing all religion from our lives. Just kidding of course but this school has decided to go in that route. Read on.

Next year, students in Montgomery County, Maryland, won’t be off school to celebrate Christmas or Rosh Hashanah – they’ll be off to celebrate “Winter Break,” or as the school calendar simply states, “No school for students and teachers.”

The decision to strip the school calendar of Christian and Jewish holidays comes after years of requests by Muslim leaders to close schools for one of two major Muslim holidays, The Washington Post reports.

Instead of relenting, the school board opted to remove any suggestion that students are missing school for any religious observance. For instance, “Easter” will be replaced with “Spring break.”

The schools made note this past year of how many students were absent on the Muslim holiday Eid ­al-Adha, to determine whether it would be worth it to close schools for everybody:

Montgomery school officials reported that absences for that day — 5.6 percent of students and 5 percent of teachers — were only somewhat higher than a comparable day the previous week.

This was also after Muslim leaders made a concerted effort to encourage parents to keep their children home from school on that day.

The school board’s decision has angered the Muslim community, who insist this is two steps backward from equality:

“By stripping the names Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, they have alienated other communities now, and we are no closer to equality,” said Saqib Ali, a former Maryland state delegate and co-chair of the Equality for Eid Coalition. “It’s a pretty drastic step, and they did it without any public notification.”

Eid al-Adha falls on the same day as Yom Kippur next year, which students will already have off, but noting both holidays on the calendar was a central part of the Muslim community’s request. Students will have that day off, but the calendar will simply say “No school.”