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Originally posted by DYepes
Funny I live in West Tampa and this is the first I have heard of this issue at all. I personally think the Muslim should be allowed their day off. The families never intended to have all religous holidays banned and have even requested they all be reinstated regardless of theirs not being added.
It seems to me that the school board would rather just ban all religious holidays before they decide to allow Muslims their own priveleges. Don't worry you can all rest assured their holidays will be reinstated without of course ever adding Eid Al-Fitr.
Originally posted by marg6043
I wonder why the big deal then, I mean the school board went overboard to stop all holidays, but why?
TAMPA -- In the most contentious school board meeting in years, five Hillsborough County School Board members voted Tuesday night to restore Good Friday, Easter Monday and Yom Kippur to the 2006-07 school calendar.
The decision was "bittersweet," said a spokesman for the Muslim community, whose request to recognize one of their holy days ignited the public debate.
"It is a temporary solution," said Ahmed Bedier, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "We've been adamant the last two weeks that we would give up on our request for a holiday so the other religions won't lose theirs."
Board members, who vote on a new school calendar every year, agreed the subject is far from closed, promising more open meetings and community input before the 2007-08 calendar is decided.
Full Story: The Tampa Tribune
Originally posted by Intelearthling
Some of you may think that I'm heartless when I say that the American people enjoy TOO many holidays each year.
I'm just simply giving my point of view.
[edit on 8/11/05 by Intelearthling]