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Posted 3/7/15 , edited 3/7/15

evilotakuneko wrote:


kamahl01 wrote:

If it is a. "Violation" than why do people get off for Christian and Jewish holidays? Seems fair to me to have these days off. This has flame thread written all over it.


Technically, they don't--there just happen to be Federal holidays that coincide with those days. And not all of them -- for example, they don't get Good Friday or Easter.

Also pretty sure they don't actually get Hanukkah off. Hanukkah appears to move around, since its date is not based on the Gregorian calendar.

Actually, looking at the calendar for a local school district, it seems like Christmas is the only religious holiday that occurs also during a school holiday.

So there you go--they don't truly get Judeo-Christian holidays. It appears the mayor of NYC has just violated the Establishment Clause and needs to be smacked for it.

Edit: Here's a Google News search that turned up some articles. Take your pick: https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&gl=us&tbm=nws&authuser=0&q=new+york+holidays&oq=new+york+holidays&gs_l=news-cc.3..43j43i53.18460.22615.0.22751.17.8.0.9.9.0.220.1294.1j6j1.8.0...0.0...1ac.1.lvW6fMd6lcg&gws_rd=ssl

And from one of them, a quote:


The mayor announced the policy Wednesday at a Brooklyn public school where 36 percent of its students were absent the last time Eid al-Adha occurred on an instructional day. The program will begin in the school year that starts in September.


Holy shit, 36%. That's a lotta muslims. Or kids pretending to be. :p


The way my school did it is that you could be excused to take the day off from school if it coincides with your religious holiday and a parent calls in. I never heard of school being off for everyone because of a religious holiday. Though, if 36% were excused, that is probably the reason why. Pointless to hold a school day if that many kids will be absent.

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The Christian holidays don't fall on school days, they all fall on break. Giving the Muslim community their own holidays which take away school days isn't fair and actually makes them look like the government is playing favorites in my opinion. I'm agnostic, so I don't really care about all of this, but it really does look like the government is playing the "look good for the media and people" card...
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idk but on the whole christmas thing, if you think that's a religious holiday then you are way off Jesus wasn't even born on december 25th. or in the winter for that matter. also the majority of western nations celebrate it and you can bet that a whole lot of them are not religious. commercialism makes it very clear it isn't a religious holiday. well i could go on about this but my point is made


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This is the kind of topic that should not be discussed on this site.


uh... why are CR folks not allowed to discuss their opinions on current events? if so then there's a lot of threads that need to be trashed

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It's not a national holiday; so probably won't bug a lot of people. If it was being declared at a national level..holy moley..i'm sure the crazies would come out of the wood work.

And if a large portion of the kids are muslim, and they do miss class, that segment would be behind on the subject that was taught that day. I'm sure they would take it off no matter what.

and since..it's god damn america..WE NEED TO SUE the school districts!!! if this doesn't happen i will be surprised. lol
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I think it only makes sense in districts where there are 10-15+% of Muslims. In my home district you probably have less than 5 Muslims per 400 person high school class so it would be a waste, in NYC where you have 30% of your students as Muslim it makes more sense.
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kamahl01 wrote:

If it is a. "Violation" than why do people get off for Christian and Jewish holidays? Seems fair to me to have these days off. This has flame thread written all over it.


funny, I never had my school closed on Rosh Hashanah or Yom kippur, not that I think it should have been. I am sure kids are thrilled over this though.
Posted 3/7/15
If I lived in New York, I would complain as long as I got school off.
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zura_dono wrote:


kamahl01 wrote:

If it is a. "Violation" than why do people get off for Christian and Jewish holidays? Seems fair to me to have these days off. This has flame thread written all over it.


funny, I never had my school closed on Rosh Hashanah or Yom kippur, not that I think it should have been. I am sure kids are thrilled over this though.


Well, this day off for "Eid's" is in NYC.In the city and many other places in New York, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah are days off from school. Being that the percentage of Muslims is significant and growing in NYC, I think it makes sense.
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Really, the only major holiday that Christians have off is Christmas, and everyone benefits from it. The other holidays are just plain old USA days. Easter lands on a Sunday. Unless you don't have to make up the day, Good Friday is off. The South won't have that day (this year), because we use it to make up for snow/ice days.

I think they should have their days off, but so can the Jews too. But really, it will all boil down to number of days off to number in attendance school days since the US doesn't go year around. But can you ask them to pick just a "Biggy" holiday? It's all important to their belief.

Most schools will let you off without it counting against you for religious holidays. I know my friends didn't get a "ding" against them when Ash Wednesday came around.
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Posted 11/8/15
As long as this doesnt end with Sharia Law being invoked then fine.
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Posted 11/9/15 , edited 11/9/15
and this gets necroed by a spam post...... lol


Can I get Lunar New Year off? It's celebrated by a lot more people.
Posted 11/9/15
You forget that School also aren't suppose to inhibit church practices, although certain practices are rstricted for the educational mission of the school.
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Posted 11/9/15 , edited 11/9/15
Schools are closed for Rosh Hashanah in NYC though....
people only base their decisions on where they are from, so anyone who didn't live in NYC can't really chime in on this matter since it is pretty much proven in the past 5 pages of this thread that people;
1) don't or didn't go to school in NYC
2) didn't bother to look it up

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/0E620926-D205-4836-9E3A-34C4C116F9F3/0/201415SYCalendarFamilyFriendly.pdf
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Posted 11/9/15
Why now of all times?
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