How many Muslims does it take to close New York City Public Schools? The answer is 69,985 – roughly 21/2500 of the total population of the Big Apple – going by the most recent demographic breakdown (2000 Census).
The scant size of the Muslim community hasn’t deterred the city’s new absurdly liberal mayor, Bill de Blasio, from pushing to close city schools for two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year. The Daily News reports (h/t Weasel Zippers) that hizzoner appeared on WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show” on Monday, where he announced his plan to publicly observe the Muslim holy days of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, as well as the Islamic New Year, with school closures. Said the mayor:
It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame.
Reactions were not solicited from the 99% of students who aren’t Muslim, though it is doubtful many of them will complain about extra days off from school. Their parents – especially those in families where both work and need to make special arrangement for school closures – are likely a different story.
Ditto for de Blasio’s predecessor, the extreme (but not nearly as extreme in hindsight) Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who opposed the change, saying kids should not miss more school.
Defenders of the move will point to the longstanding tradition of New York Public Schools closing for the Jewish “high holidays” of New Year and Yom Kippur, but Jews, who number around 1.1 million, make up 13% of the city’s population.
In the meantime, the city’s Hindu population, though not as “heavily” represented as Muslims, feels slighted that de Blasio hasn’t yet taken a firm position on whether schools should close for Diwali, the festival of lights. Dr. Shashi Shah of the Association of Indians in America is quoted as saying:
We are disappointed. We’ve been trying for a long time… It’s very important for the community.
Observers of Festivus have not weighed in.
I am going with my sister and brother-in-law to take the world’s best niece to see Santa, who yes IS White, at Bass Pro shops today, and later we are taking her to a cool park with thousands of Christmas lights, so blogging will be light today.
I might also be forced to check out the gun selection at Bass Pro, and see if they have any good deals on ammo, I mean as long as I am there.
Now it is Valentine’s Day that is “culturally unequal”
Via Fox News:
Boys and girls at a Massachusetts elementary school have been banned from bringing Valentine’s Day candy or cards over cultural equality issues and federal guidelines regulating candy.
Parents of students at Salemwood Elementary School in Malden, Mass, received a letter informing them of the policy – that impacts not just Valentine’s Day – but all holidays.
“We have many different nationalities, cultures and languages spoken,” Principal Carol Keenan told Fox News. “Because of that we don’t honor specific holidays.”
Keenan said she did not want some students feeling left out.
“This is done with all good intentions – to have all students be accepted, to have all students feel like they belong,” she said.
Why do Leftists hate kids?
Via Blazing Cat Fur comes this story, which shows the folly of tolerating intolernace
Moderate Muslims pressure school to cancel Santa’s visit to kindergarten class
“I went to see the headmistress to find out the reasons for this cancellation,” recalls the mother of a young girl who wishes to preserve her anonymity, “and she explained to me that she didn’t want to have her fingers rapped by certain Muslim families.” The headmistress, who has been in charge of the school in Grand-Clos for a few weeks, also invoked this argument to the mayor’s office who called her for explanations.
“She admitted to us that she had called the previous headmistress to learn how to deal with the families who, each year, threaten to boycott the school on the day of Father Christmas’ visit,” recalls Jean-Paul Fonteneau, assistant in charge of children’s affairs and teaching.
How to deal with them? Tell them to boycott! Go on with your traditions, they can accept it or be damned frankly! We have got to stop ceding our liberties, and culture to those that scream “tolerance” as a way to erase Western Culture. See this is not complicated at all. When you move to a new country, you either accept their traditions, and culture, or you do not move there! Muslims who wish to move to Western nations have to learn that they do not get to force their culture upon their new countrymen.
The Left loathes everything that is traditional in America. And this story, about banning Santa, points that out.
A Massachusetts school system banned Santa Claus from visiting schools this year.
He’s too controversial.
FOX Nation reported:
A Massachusetts school system is embroiled in a war on Christmas debate after Santa Claus was initially banned from visiting elementary school children over “religious” concerns.
Since 1960 firefighters in the town of Saugus dressed up like Santa Claus and visited every elementary school handing out coloring books. But on Monday, the school superintendent told firefighters that they would not be welcomed into the classrooms.
The lie the Left tries to sell us is that they are trying not to “offend anyone. That is a lie, they are intent on destroying America. And, to effectively destroy a nation it’s history, heritage, and culture must be systematically eradicated. EVERYTHING that is traditional, therefore is a target. To erase a nation’s, a people’s heritage, and history is key to what the Left intends to do here in America. Our common heritage, and culture bonds us, it makes us special, if that is taken away……… That is why it is so crucial to fight these miscreants at every turn.
Also check out my blogging partner Ed’s post on this
Labor Day parade organizers confirm that no Republicans will be allowed to participate in this year’s Labor Day Parade.
Council president Randy Radtke says they choose not to invite elected officials who have “openly attacked worker’s rights” or did nothing when state public workers lost most of their right to collectively bargain.