Caving in to islam, in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Once again the reek and wreckage of stealth jihad is wafting across our land. In long held, beloved liberal traditions of diversity, multiculturalism and political correctness, the Cambridge School District will now give one day off to honor a muslim holiday. Not a big deal, you say? I disagree and this is how it starts, islamic infiltration into all facets of our society, especially our education system. Next it may be anything negative said or portrayed about islam, muslims will be branded as hate speech(see the U.N. and the attempts of the OIC), or demands to accommodate muslim prayers times and ask for a 'prayer room', or hala foods served to students or the banning of all pork products from the school menus. If you do not think these things happen, guess again. This is stealth jihad. One little piece at time islam slithers in through the cracks in our own systems. From the Boston Globe. Thinking "what is right" for the few can have disastrous consequences for the rest of us. 1400 years of islamic history is all the proof we need.

School system to get Muslim holiday Cambridge to start observance in 2011-12
By Brock Parker

As a Muslim and a high school senior at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 17-year-old Dunia Kassay faces a tough choice every year on Islamic holy days: go to school or stay home to be with family and friends.

Tweet 33 people Tweeted thisYahoo! Buzz ShareThis If she stays home, Kassay says, she will be forced to play catch-up and make up her school assignments. But if she goes to school, she will be neglecting what she feels is her religious obligation on holidays such as Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.

“It’s really conflicting,’’ Kassay said. “Instead of fasting for a month and enjoying this really big day, eating and going to family’s houses, it’s kind of like, ‘Oh, hey, guys, I’ve got to go do my homework.’ ’’

But beginning next year, Cambridge public schools will attempt to make it easier for Muslim students to honor their highest holy days.

In a move that school officials believe is the first of its kind in the state, Cambridge will close schools for one Muslim holiday each year beginning in the 2011-2012 school year.

The school will either close for Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, depending on which holiday falls within the school year. If both fall within the school calendar, the district will close for only one of the days.

The school district’s decision, announced last month, was made as the national discussion about Islam continues, fueled by a Mosque proposal two blocks from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Florida preacher Terry Jones’s threat to burn a Koran. The discussion has also touched local schools, as Wellesley school officials drew criticism recently for a video that showed sixth-grade students kneeling during a prayer service at a Boston mosque during a field trip in May.

But Cambridge School Committee member Marc McGovern, who pushed for the Muslim holiday in city schools, said he thinks people need to take a step back from what he called hysteria and the stereotypes of all Muslims as terrorists.

“At a time when I think the Muslim population is being characterized with a broad brush in a negative way, I think it’s important for us to say we’re not going to do that here,’’ McGovern said.

Cambridge schools already close for some Christian and Jewish holidays, and McGovern said he believes Muslims should be treated equally.

“The issue that sort of came up was should we celebrate any religious holidays, but there was not the will to take away Good Friday or one of the Jewish holidays,’’ he said. “So I said, if that is the case, I think we have an obligation to celebrate one of the Muslim holidays, as well.’’

State and federal laws require schools to make reasonable accommodation of the religious needs of students and in observance of holy days, but the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education leaves the decision about how to do that up to individual school districts because they “know best about the needs and unique demographic makeup of their student population and community,’’ said JC Considine, a spokesman for the department.

If a school district has a large number of students who observe Good Friday and would not attend school that day, Considine said the districts are allowed to close because of the expected low attendance. But the state does require districts to schedule at least 180 days of school.

Cambridge School Superintendent Jeffrey Young said the district does not collect information about the religion of its students. But Young said that there is a significant Muslim population in the city, and that, at least anecdotally, the Muslim population in the schools appears to be growing.

A large Muslim population is one of the reasons why the school district in Dearborn, Mich., began closing schools for high Islamic holy days 10 years ago, said David Mustonen, communications coordinator for the school system.

(I have posted on how bad things are in Dearbornistan numerous times. PatriotUSA)

Mustonen said that at first there were some people in the community who didn’t like the schools being closed on Eid holidays. “However, I don’t think this is the case anymore as people have come to realize that it is no different then taking time off at Christmas or Easter,’’ Mustonen said in an e-mail.

In September, public schools in Burlington, Vt., also closed on Eid al-Fitr for the first time, said Dan Balon, director of the school district’s diversity and equity office.

Balon said there is an increasing Muslim population in the schools, and the district decided to close on the holiday rather than risk low attendance rates and force students to decide between school and staying home to celebrate the holiday.

Glenn Koocher, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, said that to his knowledge Cambridge would be the first school district in Massachusetts to close schools for a Muslim holiday.

“Somebody has to be first,’’ said Koocher. “I suspect there may be heightened interest in this. We’ll see how this plays out.’’

Marla Erlien, chairwoman of the Cambridge Human Rights Commission, said the discussion about closing Cambridge schools for an Islamic holiday began several years ago when the commission conducted a survey at Rindge and Latin asking students about discrimination, and at a follow-up forum students raised concerns about how Muslims were a “discarded group’’ whose holidays weren’t recognized in the schools.

From there, several students, including Kassay and Humbi Song, a 2009 graduate of the high school, began working to raise understanding of Arab and Muslim culture at the high school and then advocating for a day off from school on a Muslim holiday.

Song, who is not Muslim, said she tried to promote awareness about Islam at the high school in part because she had Muslim friends who had been made fun of for their religious clothing and headwear. She said she thinks some students were uneducated about Muslim culture.

Erlien said she thinks closing schools on the holiday will help build connections with Muslims in Cambridge.

“As their kids come home and say, ‘Oh, look, we now have a holiday,’ the parents might begin to feel safer here,’’ Erlien said.

But McGovern said he’s sure there will be some people who think closing school for a Muslim holiday is a terrible idea.

“Can’t please everybody,’’ he said. “You have to do what you think is right.’’

Original article is here.

5 Comments - Share Yours!:

Will le Fey said...

And the right-wing has a collective freakout. Once again proof that xenophobia is a real problem.

PatriotUSA said...

No, the problem is 1400 years
of islamic history, the death
of over 270 million innocent
people many who fought islamic
violence, slavery and refused
to convert to this perverted
cult built on fear, suberversion
and persecution. You can call
it 'freaking out' if you want.
Myself and many others are doing
all we can to alert the west
about islam and sharia law.

There is no peace within islam
and with islam, there can never
be peace.

HermitLion said...

I would say that being part of an idealogical group that has just recently put a leading right-wing political personality on trial for speaking his mind, and provides excuses for the sort of people that commit homicide over cartoons, excludes you from using terms such as 'collective freakout'.

But then, Mr. le Fey, denial and name-calling were always the arguments of those who have no solid case.
Thanks for providing us with yet another example that the left relies on prejudice, stigmas, and hatred to back its position, rather than actual evidence of anything.

And to save you the obvious response, yes I am a bigot-racist-Nazi-who-wants-to-kill-all-of-humanity-with-mutant-sharks, that is the only logical conclusion to someone having a different view than yours, thanks for dropping by, don't hurt your noggin on the way out.

PatriotUSA said...

Absolutely splendid response to the
libtarded obamabot or whatever
he is. Yes, we are all racists
and bigots here. Too bad he had to
resort to the always fail tactic
of xenophobia and the race baiting
card garbage. Be interesting to
to see if he returns to try and
defend himself.

Erick, BTW, might you be interested
in becoming a contributor here?
Just a thought and I am VERY picky
about who I ask. There are few
rules of obligations here.

PatriotUSA said...

Indeed, we will discuss this in private. Send me your email in a comment and I will delete it. All
comments must be approved first
so I will be sure to handle this
with complete discretion. Your
email does not show in the
comments posted here and that
is by design.

PC has the best adminstrator around, Bill Smith of ARRA News
Service. I started PC and Bill was
kind enough to offer his knowledge
and assistance in managing PC.
I am not very knowledgeable about
computers and Bill is a wizard.
He keeps me out of trouble and
tows me back in line when I have
gotten carried away.

Ambisinstral was very instrumental
in helping me get started in the
early going. Without him, PC would
not even really be here at all.

The honor is mutual, Erick.