Jun 17 2010
First the Ground Zero Mosque. Now Muslims are demanding that New York City public schools MAKE THE MUSLIM HOLIDAY OF EID an official holiday which would close ALL NYC schools for two days.
Even the notoriously pro-Islam Mayor of NYC, Michael Bloomberg, is opposed to this, but not for the reasons we at BNI are. Nevertheless, please do anything you can to voice your opposition to this infiltration of Sharia Law into your children’s schools. The dhimmi Islamofascist apologists of the city council have voted in favor of this new attack on the city of New York, but it can still be stopped. Next they’ll have your children bringing in prayer rugs and praying to Allah as they have in California schools. (See links below)
On the one year anniversary of the city council vote (50-1) in favor of Muslim holidays, CAIR-NY, as part of a diverse coalition of more than 80 interfaith, civic and labor groups is urging the NY community to attend a rally and demand that Mayor Michael Bloomberg incorporate Eid in NYC public schools.
The Coalition of Muslim School Holidays, the group whose advocacy effort lead to the passage of Resolution 1281 on June 30, 2009, is expecting hundreds to turnout in support, including elected officials.
WHAT: Muslim Holidays Rally and Press Conference
WHEN: Wednesday, June 30th at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Steps of City Hall
Take the 4, 5, 6 to City Hall/ Brookyln Bridge or 2, 3 Park Place or A, C, to Chambers or R, W trains to City Hall
Immediate ACTION REQUESTED: (Please post, copy and distribute widely)
- Demand. Join us on June 30 to demand that Mayor Bloomberg incorporate Eid in the NYC public school calendar.
- Support. Make announcements at your local mosque and community centers urging them to come out to the rally.
- Share. Invite your friends and family to do the same by posting this message on Facebook and Twitter. CAIR
Public schools and universities across the country are considering Muslim students’ requests for religious accommodations, including separate rooms where fasting students can go during lunch; places for students to perform daily prayers; the consideration of requests to make Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that ends Ramadan, a school holiday; and the installation of footbaths in restrooms to make it easier for students to follow prayer rituals.
- The San Diego Unified School District is under scrutiny after allowing Muslim students at Carver Elementary School 15 minutes a day for prayer. A teacher claimed the students were led in prayer by a school aide, a violation of U.S. Department of Education guidelines. The school is now being monitored by religious and civil rights groups. (See aJuly 2, 2007, San Diego Union-Tribune story.)
- The University of Michigan-Dearborn is steeped in controversy after a decision to use $25,000 in student fees to install footbaths in campus restrooms. The footbaths are seen as an accommodation for Muslim students, who must wash their feet and hands before prayer. The Minneapolis Community and Technical College was bombarded with hate mail when it, too, announced plans to install footbaths. (See an Aug. 29, 2007, Washington Timesstory.)
- In September the New York City-based Stop the Madrassa coalition announced the launch of a national organization, Citizens for American Values in Public Education. The group’s news release says it will “expand the fight nationwide to stop the imposition of radical Islamist agendas in curricula, Arabic language programs, history classes, textbooks, teacher training, and charter schools,” which the group considers unconstitutional religious accommodation. It says the organization will begin distributing a publication called “Stop the Madrassa: A Citizens Guide to Islamist Curricula in Public Schools” nationally.
- The opening of public schools that cater to Muslim groups has raised questions about religious accommodation and whether public funds should support schools with religious focuses. In New York, the newly opened Khalil Gibran International Academy emphasizes Arabic.
- At the forefront of the push for religious accommodation in public universities is the Muslim Students Association, which has formed a Muslim Accommodations Task Force to push for footbaths and prayer rooms. At least 17 universities have footbaths built or under construction, including Boston University, George Washington University and Temple University, and nine universities have prayer rooms designated exclusively for Muslim students, including Stanford University, Emory University and the University of Virginia.
- In New York City, Muslim groups are seeking the recognition of two Muslim holidays as school holidays.(Read a May 16, 2007, Norwood News article posted by New York State Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr.) Also in New York, in February the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review an appeals court decision that allows New York City public schools to display a menorah during Hanukkah and a star and crescent during Ramadan, while banning a crèche at Christmastime. (See a Feb. 22, 2007, Christian Science Monitor story posted by the Roundtable on Religion & Social Welfare Policy.)
- There is a growing movement among Muslims to have Eid al-Fitr, the festival which marks the end of Ramadan, recognized as a public school holiday.
- When a Cincinnati-area school set aside a room for Muslim students during lunch periods for Ramadan, a local school board official accused the school of being overly accommodating. (Read a Feb. 11, 2007, Boston Globestory about challenges Muslims face in the “heartland” of America and an Oct. 26, 2006, Cincinnati Enquirer storyabout the Ramadan debate. LINK
ISLAMIC INDOCTRINATION PROGRAMS like this are already in place in some American Public Schools.