Image via WikipediaAccording to worldnetdaily.com, the New York City Council passed a resolution on Tuesday that recommends the school district shut down on two important Muslim holidays. What they failed to say is that in some years, those holidays could fall on September 11. The resolution itself is non-binding and at odds with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The holidays, Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr, commemorate the Muslim belief of Abraham sacrificing his son, Ishmail (not Isaac as Christians and Jews believe), and the ending of Ramadan, the Islamic fasting period.
Islamic holidays are set based on the lunar calendar, meaning the dates corresponding to the Gregorian calendar change each year. Eid al-Adha falls on Sept. 11 in the year 2016, according to the accepted Umm al-Qura calendar.
Eid al-Fitr, meanwhile, will begin at sunset Sept. 9 and continue to sunset Sept. 10 next year. The dates, though, depend on the official citing of the new crescent moon as certified by the Saudi "hilal committee," which at times has shifted holidays by one or two days, meaning Eid-al-Fitr could technically also be celebrated on Sept. 11 in 2010.
What a slap in the face to (a) the American people (b) the families who lost loved ones on that fateful day, and (c) our brave men and women fighting against those who helped perpetrate the worst terrorist attack this country has ever seen. The New York City Council should hang their heads in shame.
The rationale of the Council, who passed this with blessings from CAIR (Council of American-Islamic Relations), is that Muslims are approximately 12 percent of the student population and deserve to be recognized in the same regard that Christian and Jewish holidays are recognized during the school year. If this is allowed to stand, you will have every "religion" wanting their days off. Pagans and Wiccans will want Earth Day off. Satanists will be wanting days off for sacrifices. It's a mighty slippery slope.
"If you close the schools for every single holiday, there won't be any school," Bloomberg said. "Educating our kids requires time in the classroom, and that's the most important thing to us."
We are told we have to be tolerant. At what point does tolerance become surrender? We already have foot-washing basins in airports (paid for with our money), Muslim children can display their religious symbols in school without being kicked out, and the Flight 93 Memorial design is chock full of Islamic symbols. Don't believe me? Go the Department of Interior website and see the design for yourself. It'll make you sick.
This country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, not Muslim traditions. It's time we get back to them and quit being so politically correct. It's the death of a thousand slices for freedom if this resolution goes into effect.