Perspectives on Race

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Muslim Holidays

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It infuriated me to read about the abhorrent comments made by New York City mayor Micheal Bloomberg when he was presented with a proposal that would make Muslim holidays ( there are only two of them Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha) official public holidays. He basically shrugged off the proposal by saying that if we give Muslims holidays, we would also have to give them to Hindus, Buddhists, and so on. My response is why not? Muslims number in the millions in the United States with just as many ,if not more, adherents as Judiasm yet we still don’t acknowledge into mainstream culture (Islam is the second biggest religion in the world). Hindus and Buddhists also boast considerable numbers as well. Aren’t we, despite our religious affiliations, American? Aren’t many of us tax paying, law abiding citizens? If so, then why are we being deprived of privileges granted to other groups like Christians and Jews? Basically he implied, from my viewpoint at least, that precious school time would be jeopardized by such a trivial thing as a minority holiday. Mayor Bloomberg’s comments nonetheless highlights a bigger problem in American society: that we are not as open and inviting as we think we are. How can we claim to be melting pot without recognizing all that contributes to it’s diversity? These questions I feel are not so easy to answer but are still required to be acknowledged. The link is below for anyone who wants to read it.

http://www.nypolitics.com/2009/06/30/mayor-bloomberg-schools-cant-observe-muslim-holidays/

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Written by zsayed

September 29, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Technically, there should be no holidays based specifically on religions. It is in our constitution that church and state should be separate. There really is no holidays specifically for one religion or another. We have holidays just so HAPPEN to coincide with Christian religious holidays. It is unfair, but i think the majority of people in the United States are Christian, so they have it made convenient for the majority of the population.

    al260513

    September 29, 2009 at 8:00 pm

  2. I would tend to agree, but then why do we have Jewish holidays off? Clearly there is something amiss here.

    zsayed

    September 30, 2009 at 1:46 am

  3. There should be no such thing as public holidays for religious holidays. It says so in the first amendment: Congress will make no law establishing religion…

    We do not get Jewish holidays off. The only religious celebration that is a public holiday is Christmas. And even if it weren’t a public holiday I still think that we would get it off just because it is so widely recognized.

    Additionally, it is well within the rights of people of all religions to request days off or special treatment on holy days so they may observe. As a Catholic I’ve skipped classes during Holy Week in the spring and I know Jewish people who request Yom Kippur off. If Muslims and Buddhists want holidays off, all they have to do is ask.

    kmurph2688

    September 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm

  4. I’m not asking for getting days off. I’m just more upset at how some like Bloomberg can trivialize something like that and get away with it. And who says we don’t get religious holidays off? In South Florida we used to get days off (even Tuesdays) for Passover (maybe it was Yom Kippur can’t remember). Many places with considerable Jewish populations get days off.

    zsayed

    September 30, 2009 at 11:22 pm

  5. I definitely agree with your viewpoint. I also always wondered why Jewish and Christian holidays were the only ones really celebrated, and why other religion-based holidays were seldomly being mentioned. I certainly think that all holidays should be recognized to show equality and respect to all races.

    aunanan7

    October 2, 2009 at 2:02 am

    • Thanks for the support 🙂

      zsayed

      October 2, 2009 at 2:33 am

  6. I agree with you but there should not be any public holidays due to religion. however since there is holdays for christian and jewish religion there should be holidays for other religions as well like muslim not just christian and jewish and i wonder why the system is set up like that and supposily everyone is suppose to be equal.

    domsangs

    October 2, 2009 at 5:20 pm


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