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Atlantic City schools to recognize Islamic holidays
AP WIRE (direct feed) | May 28, 2004

Posted on 05/28/2004 10:26:52 AM PDT by NYer

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ Atlantic City has become the fourth school district in New Jersey to recognize Muslim holidays.

The city's board of education approved districtwide days off for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two sacred Islamic holidays, for the upcoming school year. Previously, under state law Muslim students and teachers were allowed to take off Islamic holidays without being penalized.

According to Superintendent Fredrick P. Nickles, about 560 of the city's 7,800 children are Muslim. Board member Cornell Davis, who is Muslim, called the decision ``courageous'' in light of current tensions between Americans and Islamic extremists. ``It shows a lot of character about us as Americans,'' Davis told The Press of Atlantic City.

Eid al-Fitr, a festival celebrating the breaking of the fast of Ramadan, will be observed on Nov. 15. Eid al-Adha, a festival of sacrifice and pilgrimage, will be observed on Jan. 21.

To fit the two holidays into the school calendar, officials reduced the number of days schools can take off for emergencies from six to four. That means if schools close for snow or other emergencies more than four days, the days would have to be made up during spring recess or on Saturdays in June, Nickles said.

School districts in Trenton, Paterson and Irvington already recognize Islamic holidays.

AP-ES-05-28-04 1312EDT


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1 posted on 05/28/2004 10:26:53 AM PDT by NYer
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To: *Catholic_list; american colleen; sinkspur; Lady In Blue; Salvation; Polycarp IV; narses; ...
about 560 of the city's 7,800 children are Muslim

Catholic Ping - let me know if you want on/off this list


2 posted on 05/28/2004 10:28:28 AM PDT by NYer (Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light! (2Cor 11:14))
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"Board member Cornell Davis, who is Muslim, called the decision ``courageous'' in light of current tensions between Americans and Islamic extremists. "

courageous isnt the right word, how about foolish or blind?

3 posted on 05/28/2004 10:29:28 AM PDT by No Blue States
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To: NYer

OKAY, Lte's recognize ALL religions holidays. That way no one will ever show up at school, and the teachers union will get paid for nothing.........no wait, they already do..........


4 posted on 05/28/2004 10:29:44 AM PDT by Red Badger (I-gnorant S-tupid L-ying A-rab M-uslims.........I SLAM ISLAM UNCLE SAM I AM..............)
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To: NYer

The 5X/day moose-calls are next.


5 posted on 05/28/2004 10:30:05 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: NYer

I think if I had kids in that school system that I would find all sorts of Christian holidays to observe and keep my kids out of school to observe them.


6 posted on 05/28/2004 10:31:22 AM PDT by dstarr (I'm proud of my husband who was a Viet Nam vet.)
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To: NYer

Atlantic City always had a significant Jewish population, are they granting Jewish holidays as well?


7 posted on 05/28/2004 10:32:05 AM PDT by Eva
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To: NYer

Yeah, but do they get All Saints' Day off?


8 posted on 05/28/2004 10:32:13 AM PDT by Desdemona (Midwestern ark building commences soon.;))
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To: NYer

Allahu Fubar! seriously, when does all this stop? I think it must be stopped.


9 posted on 05/28/2004 10:32:30 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: NYer

The holy city of Atlantic City.


10 posted on 05/28/2004 10:33:38 AM PDT by AmishDude (This tagline says it all.)
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To: NYer

called the decision ``courageous''

I call it discriminatory and a slap in the face to Christians. Where is the ACLU? Isn't this the establishment of religion according to them and liberal judges?


11 posted on 05/28/2004 10:34:57 AM PDT by taxesareforever
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To: NYer

But we must still call the break for Christmas the "Winter Holiday."


12 posted on 05/28/2004 10:34:58 AM PDT by johnfrink
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To: NYer
The city's board of education approved districtwide days off for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two sacred Islamic holidays, for the upcoming school year. Previously, under state law Muslim students and teachers were allowed to take off Islamic holidays without being penalized.

Unbelievable. They were already able to take the days off, but now they made them mandatory? Make no mistake folks: this is not about cultural sensitivity; this is about pushing Islam on the population. I don't even know if Euroweenieland has gone this far.

13 posted on 05/28/2004 10:35:27 AM PDT by inquest (The only problem with partisanship is that it leads to bipartisanship)
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To: NYer

Just wait till they want Sept 11th off..


14 posted on 05/28/2004 10:38:01 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her genes.....any volunteers?)
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To: Eva
Atlantic City always had a significant Jewish population, are they granting Jewish holidays as well?

If there are too many snow days the Jewish children will apparently be told to go to school on Saturdays in June in order to accomodate Islam. That should be interesting.

15 posted on 05/28/2004 10:38:26 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: NYer
One question.
Is Easter still a holiday for the NJ schools? Or for that matter Christmas. I bet it is "Winter Solstice Celebration" and "Spring Celebration".

When will people wake up and realize that America is quickly becoming anti Christian.
16 posted on 05/28/2004 10:38:33 AM PDT by redgolum
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To: NYer

Disgusting.


17 posted on 05/28/2004 10:38:55 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: NYer

And schools all across the nation are now not recognizing Christmas, instead calling it "winter break".

But we're going to recognize Muslim holidays?

I despair for this country.


18 posted on 05/28/2004 10:39:45 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: NYer

I don't get it. They were already allowed to take the days off by the state.

Now their school districts are allowing them to take the days off?


19 posted on 05/28/2004 10:39:55 AM PDT by Gefreiter
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To: redgolum

I tried to access their school calendars but their websites have only one month - Nov. 2003.


20 posted on 05/28/2004 10:40:01 AM PDT by cinFLA
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To: NYer

The camel is comfortably inside the tent, defecating at will.


21 posted on 05/28/2004 10:40:31 AM PDT by Semaphore Heathcliffe
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To: dyed_in_the_wool

Holy Hajj, Batman!

what has happened up there in my protracted absence that has caused such lunacy?


22 posted on 05/28/2004 10:41:04 AM PDT by King Prout (the difference between "trained intellect" and "indoctrinated intellectual" is an Abyssal gulf)
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To: inquest
I don't even know if Euroweenieland has gone this far.
i know of no public schools that are closed for muslim holidays in Spain. although there could be. none near me and none of my friend's children's schools are. they also don't get jewish holidays off. as far as your "euroweenieland" comment, I would have to say that the USA leads the way in this sort of PC stuff, at least when compared to Spain. It's nice to read about what's going on, another thing is to see it.
i know this contradicts what some post, read & think here on FR but even in Barcelona (considered very left by Spanish standards) cops always have and continue to check papers based on a skin color basis (even with socialists in power). and after the Madrid bombings, "North African looking" males were stopped at train stations and on subways...(note) NOT Spanish grandmothers.
23 posted on 05/28/2004 10:44:14 AM PDT by freedom moose (mooses like freedom and beer)
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To: dstarr

Why not simply take off the Jewish ones as well? The Old Testament is part of the Christian Bible, is it not?


24 posted on 05/28/2004 10:45:25 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: NYer

Isn't that special, after all we already celebrate Ramadan at the "Peoples House". So now can we call the Christmas break the Christmas break? I suppose we will end up having to celebrate 9-11 as a great Islamic holiday.


25 posted on 05/28/2004 10:46:35 AM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: redgolum

redoglum, Christmas is not a religious holiday; it's a secular holiday. Maybe some freepers can tell us why secular rather than religious. Rush brought this up a few months ago.


26 posted on 05/28/2004 10:47:46 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: NYer

" Eid al-Fitr, a festival celebrating the breaking of the fast of Ramadan, will be observed on Nov. 15. Eid al-Adha, a festival of sacrifice and pilgrimage, will be observed on Jan. 21.

To fit the two holidays into the school calendar, .."

Just what are they calling the holidays on the school calendar? If they state they are Moslem holidays, that is a clear violation. Not only that, but if they attempt to teach what the holidays are, that also is a violation. And don't tell me it is a cultural thing.


27 posted on 05/28/2004 10:52:39 AM PDT by OpusatFR (Vote Kerry if you want to commit national suicide)
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To: NYer
"The city's board of education approved --- two sacred Islamic holidays, for the upcoming school year."

Meanwhile, the Christmas Holiday has been bannished and supplanted with the "Winter Holiday", or the "Holiday Season" vacation, in every public school in America. You cannot even make the allusion of this December 25th holiday as being the "Christmas" holiday without recrimination from school officials or legal action being taken against you. Welcome to hedonist America, where God has been replaced by gods and pleasures.

28 posted on 05/28/2004 10:54:30 AM PDT by TheCrusader
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Yes and no. It is a "secular" holiday in the US, but the name "Christmas" means Christ's mass. It has become secular, but the name is not. That is why I asked if they celebrated "winter holiday or solstice".


29 posted on 05/28/2004 11:01:28 AM PDT by redgolum
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To: dstarr

Isn't that the truth? How can schools allow this when Christmas and Easter are some other kind of holiday and when people can not even say, "Merry Christmas"? I forgot, Christian holidays are bad for the children.


30 posted on 05/28/2004 11:04:06 AM PDT by MamaB (mom to an angel)
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To: NYer
It shows a lot of character about us as Americans,'

not character, just stupidity

31 posted on 05/28/2004 11:04:50 AM PDT by petercooper (Islam is not a religion of peace. It's a sadistic death cult.)
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To: taxesareforever
called the decision ``courageous''

You might call it 'spanish' as well.

32 posted on 05/28/2004 11:07:38 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: freedom moose
as far as your "euroweenieland" comment, I would have to say that the USA leads the way in this sort of PC stuff, at least when compared to Spain.

I was referring more to France and the Low Countries, where they've practically rolled out the red carpet for Muslim immigrants, almost to the point where it's too late to reverse course. That combined with their low birthrates is putting them in a headlong plunge toward Islamization. Not that America appears too far behind at times.

even in Barcelona (considered very left by Spanish standards) cops always have and continue to check papers based on a skin color basis (even with socialists in power). and after the Madrid bombings, "North African looking" males were stopped at train stations and on subways...(note) NOT Spanish grandmothers.

Thanks, that's quite interesting indeed.

33 posted on 05/28/2004 11:09:09 AM PDT by inquest (The only problem with partisanship is that it leads to bipartisanship)
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The city's board of education approved districtwide days off for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two sacred Islamic holidays, for the upcoming school year. Previously, under state law Muslim students and teachers were allowed to take off Islamic holidays without being penalized.

Let's see. What is wrong with this picture? I want to know how this district handles Christian and Jewish religious holidays.

34 posted on 05/28/2004 11:10:54 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Torrance Ca....land of the flying monkeys)
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To: redgolum
I'm not disagreeing with what you are correctly saying. I just found it interesting that it is not a religious holiday. This is what I just found: "Christmas didn't become a Federal Holiday in America until June 26, 1870 - by President Ulysses S. Grant." I couldn't find anything else because of time constraints.

By the way, I'm not defending the Muslims. If they all left our country in the next nanosecond, it wouldn't be soon enough for me.

35 posted on 05/28/2004 11:13:58 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
Christmas is not a religious holiday; it's a secular holiday.

While we're on that tack, I'm forced to wonder exactly how "religious" this Eid al-Fitr holiday is. According to the article, it's the celebration of the "the breaking of the fast of Ramadan" - that is, the end of Ramadan, when they get to eat again. Sounds to me like they're celebrating the relief from a religious observance, not the religious observance itself.

36 posted on 05/28/2004 11:15:06 AM PDT by inquest (The only problem with partisanship is that it leads to bipartisanship)
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To: inquest

Inquest, you brought up an excellent point. I agree with you.


37 posted on 05/28/2004 11:18:02 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: NYer

As a New Yorker who depends on alternate-side parking, I wish NYC would recognize all Muslim holidays, as well as those for Hindu, Shinto, Scientology, Raelian and Hale-Bopp. The more suspension the merrier!


38 posted on 05/28/2004 11:19:13 AM PDT by montag813 ("A nation can survive fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.")
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"districtwide days off for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha"

As long as they also get off Yom Kippur, Earth Day, Stalin's birthday, Sivaratri, and Mardi Gras, I'm Okay with it. (not....)

39 posted on 05/28/2004 11:20:00 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Islam: Nothing BEER couldn't cure.)
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To: TheSpottedOwl
Let's see. What is wrong with this picture? I want to know how this district handles Christian and Jewish religious holidays.

Winter (not Christmas) vacation, institute days, teacher training days, etc. I'd assume that's what they're doing here. I don't know about NJ, but in Illinois many schools schedule institute days on Jewish holidays since some state aid to school districts is based on attendance days. Scheduling a school day when you know you'll have a extra 10% absence rate can be costly.

40 posted on 05/28/2004 11:20:21 AM PDT by SJackson (...burning synagogues today, tomorrow they'll be burning churches,Moscow Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt)
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To: NYer
OK, so can we expect to see them start selling these at school fundraisers?



41 posted on 05/28/2004 11:23:56 AM PDT by MarineDad (So what's the big deal? Allah wears panties on his head, too...but you don't hear HIM complaining.)
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Friggen leftist are adapting islamic causes as their own. ANYTHING to tweak America's nose.

They'll be consumed by their own hatred, along with the rest of us.

42 posted on 05/28/2004 11:25:07 AM PDT by skeeter
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The city's board of education approved districtwide days off for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two sacred Islamic holidays, for the upcoming school year. Previously, under state law Muslim students and teachers were allowed to take off Islamic holidays without being penalized.

According to Superintendent Fredrick P. Nickles, about 560 of the city's 7,800 children are Muslim. Board member Cornell Davis, who is Muslim, called the decision ``courageous'' in light of current tensions between Americans and Islamic extremists. ``It shows a lot of character about us as Americans,'' Davis told The Press of Atlantic City.

Eid al-Fitr, a festival celebrating the breaking of the fast of Ramadan, will be observed on Nov. 15. Eid al-Adha, a festival of sacrifice and pilgrimage, will be observed on Jan. 21.

Ironically, the implications of this rather ignominious defeat on our soil in the misnomered "War on Terror" will likely be ignored by the anti-Bush press.

Is it Bush's fault that he is benignly silent as Mohammedanism makes further inroads against American Civilization?

Is it Bush's fault that he continues to host Ramadan dinners, thereby encouraging the surrender, municipality by municipality, to the adherents of a posthumous personality cult whose aim is to subjugate America to Sharia Law?

Meantime, Christ is so expunged that prior to the Solstice Vacation public schools have fundraisers selling "Xmas" wrap.

Luckily, I suppose, the press and the Democrats support the rollback of our culture, so President Bush continues to get this unlikely pass.

Heck, any port in a storm, I say, and re-election is the only priority.


43 posted on 05/28/2004 11:30:54 AM PDT by Sabertooth (Mohammed wrote: "Cut off their heads, and cut off the tips of their fingers." (Sura 8:12))
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Are you kidding, Saturday school? I can't imagine this going over too big in Margate. Don't they have the same school system, or are they separate?


44 posted on 05/28/2004 11:31:27 AM PDT by Eva
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Eid al-Fitr, a festival celebrating the breaking of the fast of Ramadan, will be observed on Nov. 15. Eid al-Adha, a festival of sacrifice and pilgrimage, will be observed on Jan. 21.

BTW, since the Mohammedans follow a lunar calendar,
the dates of these festivals change every year.


45 posted on 05/28/2004 11:33:15 AM PDT by Sabertooth (Mohammed wrote: "Cut off their heads, and cut off the tips of their fingers." (Sura 8:12))
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what Catholic holydays are allowed?......Easter falls on Sundays and Christmas has been morphed into a secular holiday.....

We need two days of our own....

46 posted on 05/28/2004 11:34:59 AM PDT by cherry
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>i know this contradicts what some post, read & think here >on FR but even in Barcelona...

I agree!! As much as everyone wants to point the finger, this garbage started here! And here it remains.


47 posted on 05/28/2004 11:38:45 AM PDT by sandbar
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Ha, this school district has abolished teacher inservice days. I was informed that they no longer get money from the state if a child misses school from illness. That used to be the case. Some parents would send their kids to school with contagious illnesses anyway, and now it's being encouraged.

There isn't any meaningful mention of any religion in this district. The last "Christmas" pageant they had featured cowboy songs. My daughter hitched a ride with the neighbors down the street, because I boycotted it. Now if they had rolled everyone's winter religious holidays into one program, that would have been cool.

Spring break starts the day after Easter Sunday. The community college keeps the traditional schedule. When I attended that school, there were provisions for students to take certain afternoons off, for offsite religious study. My how times have changed.

This school district in the article has come out and publicly stated that these new vacation days are for Muslims. It's good for kids to learn about other cultures, but not at the expense of their own.


48 posted on 05/28/2004 11:46:45 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Torrance Ca....land of the flying monkeys)
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To: NYer

uh, whatever happened to separation of church and state?

we haven't had an Easter holiday or Christmas holiday in years for fear of offending someone and I work at a private Catholic university!!!

In Los Angeles, the ACLU is campaigning FURIOUSLY to remove a tiny cross on the county seal after sucessfully forcing the City of Redlands to use duct tape to cover any crosses on their seal.

Yet having the government decree complete disruption of a normal business for a particular religion is just fine. The hippie kooks running local governments these days should get real jobs.


49 posted on 05/28/2004 11:47:36 AM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: dstarr

Catholics have many saints


50 posted on 05/28/2004 11:48:46 AM PDT by Republicus2001
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