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Friday, June 22, 2018 

Philadelphia schools add Islamic holidays and discard Jewish ones

The way Philly's school system went about this makes them look more like they're appeasing Muslim anti-semitism:
Philadelphia's Mayor Jim Kenney suggested a different standard in announcing the city's decision to close public schools for Muslim holidays. Rather than focusing on practical need, Kenney explained: "Our city was built on the idea that ... the city welcomes all to worship and practice the faiths of our culture or our choosing[.] ... We have to take into account how society sometimes ostracizes and eliminates people from the mainstream[.]" In other words, schools should close on minorities' religious holidays so their adherents feel accepted.

Sadly, Philadelphia's approach to holiday closures fails both standards. Its public schools closed June 12, 2018, in time for Muslim students to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, beginning June 15. Without determining whether the numbers of practitioners necessitated the change, Philadelphia added Muslim holidays to its calendar to make Muslims feel welcome – and paid for it partly by reducing Jewish holiday observances, school district documents show. What's more, the school district underhandedly failed to identify the reasons for the change.[...]

Clearly, Philadelphia did not adopt the ADL's approach to scheduling religious holidays. It did not determine how many teachers or students wanted Jewish holidays off, nor does it have good data about the number of Muslims, let alone how many want holidays off. Whack stated that the school district did not know how many teachers or students are Jewish. He refused to answer whether it knew how many are Muslim. Hite's briefing notes assert that there are "28,000 Muslims in the School District," but neither it nor Whack provided a source for that statistic.
Well this figures. Naturally, nobody has what it takes to say they'd be much happier if adherents of a bad religion would abandon it; that's how they can be accepted, and feel the same. On top of that, I think the board is acting illegally by not providing any data to back up their shoddy positions, and for this, they should be taken to court.

Why, this even makes me wonder: do they teach anything about 9-11? Because their approach is disrespectful to the memory of those lost, and the Philly education board should be ashamed of themselves.

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