School District Deletes Religious Holidays From Calendar Rather Than Add Muslim Ones
Muslims in Montgomery County asked the school district — the largest in the state with 140,000 students — to close schools on their two most important religious holidays, just as the district does for major Christian and Jewish holidays.
Instead, the school board voted 7-1 on Tuesday to strip all mention of religious holidays from the calendar, even though Christian and Jewish holidays remain official days off.
Next year, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha both happen to fall on vacation days. So all the school board would have had to do is add the holiday names to the calendar as a symbolic gesture…
The school board’s decision seems to have made everyone mad: Muslim leaders are furious that the board would get rid of religious holidays before acknowledging Muslim ones, while conservative media outlets are accusing the board of “banning” Jewish and Christian religious holidays in order to appease Muslims.