If Muslims do require all these accommodations for their religion, why do they not attend a private Islamic school so tax payers are not required to pay for a religious accommodation in violation of the Constitution? The answer, obviously, is why would they ever do this when they are so capable of intimidating and coercing the accommodation for free.
This letter sent from DPS to staff and parents, confirms what non-muslims in Dearborn have been reporting for years. Christmas and Easter are "those that should not be named". We must call Easter "Spring Break", and the word Christmas - maharrum. Use "Winter Break" so as not to offend or place importance of one religion over another. But it would also be maharrum to call by Eid by other name. This is why the letter states that "Winter Break" will begin a day early in order to accommodate "Eid Al-Adha (holiday of sacrifice)".
"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2007
Contact: David Mustonen, Communications Coordinator (313) 827-3006
Winter Break Will Start
On December 19
Originally scheduled to start on December 20, 2007 the Dearborn Public Schools will now start the Winter Break on December 19, 2007.
On Monday, December 10, 2007 district administration learned that the start of Eid Al-Adha (holiday of sacrifice) would be on December 19, 2007. Due to expected low attendance, the district will change the start of the Winter Break to December 19, 2007. State funding of schools is tied to attendance, therefore the decision to start the Winter Break one day early will avoid any potential loss in revenue, maintain the integrity of instructional time, and meet the needs of the community. All schools will close at the end of the day on December 18, 2007 and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2008."
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Reading the front page of the Dearborn paper has really settled it for me...
"We received a fax from the Islamic Center of America that all the imams got together and said the 20th is when Eid would be celebrated,"Mustonen said.
A fax? They sent a fax? The Dearborn Public School system doesn't even rate a phone call? I guess this is what disrupting 18,000 students in the Dearborn Public School system means to the Islamic Center of America. A fax (at the last minute). Could this possibly be an opportunity for cultural sensitivity training for the imams so they can better understand the culture and values of non-Muslims living among them?
Dearborn Public School's blind accommodation of Islamic religious rituals is absolutely ridiculous and unfair. We have to speak in code (winter break, holiday) when comes to CHRISTMAS, but every Islamic event gets to be referred to exactly what it is (Eid al-Ad ha, Ramadan). And, the front page of the Dearborn paper has to run a sidebar to explain to all us uneducated and intolerant life-long Dearbornites what exactly Eid al-Ad ha is all about.
Why is our culture and town being a servant to Islam?
-by on 12/15/07 Lives: Dearborn
According to the Press & Guide, David Mustonen states: "It wasn't until Monday that Saudi Arabia announced it would be the 19th (EID). Then the imams from the Islamic Center sent the district a fax stating the 20th is the day, but other imams are going with Saudi Arabia and that puts the majority of kids out of school. Why would I send my daughters to a school district directly influenced by a place where they will be beaten if they drive a car or walk outside without a man? And I do see the inconsistency of driving around in my car with oil possibly from Saudi, but that is a macro problem that my choice can not impact. My only choice is to go to a private school that does not take it's marching orders from a value system that is as dangerous to my girls as having the ku klux Clan telling Detroit Schools when to shut down.
Going to a place where girls are not property.
--by on 12/15/07 Lives: Dearborn