Maryland Muslims Say No to Christmas in Public Schools


Who needs terrorism when you can just surrender to Islam? You’ve heard the saying, “Give ’em enough rope, and they’ll hang themselves.” That’s what many of our government institutions are doing. If one Muslim is offended, then all of us must pay for that offense.

The same is true of atheists. When a child’s atheist grandparents complained about a Noah’s Ark display at a Newark, Delaware, playground, the display was removed. “[S]ome atheist grandparents . . . did not want their grandchildren to see the Bible verses or the cartoon rendition of the Noah’s Ark story.” Who are the censors now?

It didn’t matter that probably 99 percent of those who use the park had no problem with the display. It had to go because a couple of atheists were offended.

Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924), the first leader of the Soviet Union, said, “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”

We aren’t selling the rope to Islam; we are giving it away and begging them to hang us with it. Forest Gump’s mother was right, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

Here’s the latest capitulation to Islam and one more reason to get your children out of government-run and government-controlled “public” (government) schools.

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The Montgomery County [Maryland] Board of Education on Tuesday voted to strip the names of Christian and Jewish holidays from its school calendar amid complaints from the parents of Muslim children seeking recognition for Islamic holidays.

The schools still will be closed on the holidays, but the board voted 7-1 to move the religious references from the calendar.

The surprise development came after Muslim community leaders complained that the Eid al-Adha holiday was not getting equal recognition on next year’s school calendar as the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which both will fall on Sept. 23.

Superintendent Joshua P. Starr recommended that the board adopt a plan that removed calendar references to Yom Kippur and another Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah.

But while considering the superintendent’s suggestion during a meeting Tuesday, school board member Rebecca Smondrowski introduced a motion to remove references to all religious holidays.

“It is about equity,” Ms. Smondrowski told MyMCMedia. “I made the motion because if we are closing for operational reasons, then there should be no need to make reference to religion. That is the most equitable solution that I could see while recognizing that we need to be seriously addressing the criteria for how these things are decided in the future.”

The board’s decision will apply only to the 2015-2016 school year and won’t affect references to federal holidays, schools spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala said.

“Any federal or state holiday will remain as it has on our calendar,” Ms. Onijala said. “This is specifically for religious holidays.”

Muslim parents, partnering with the Maryland chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, last year unsuccessfully petitioned the school system to cancel classes on the Islamic holidays of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of a month of fasting during Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha, the last day of Hajj.

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The problem for these people is that Christmas is a federal holiday. Federal employees get Christmas day off with pay. And this latest capitulation won’t stop the employees of the Montgomery school district also from getting Christmas day off and getting paid for it.

I say make them all go to school on Christmas day to prove that they really don’t want religion in the government schools.

Better yet, get your kids out, choose how and where you want your children educated, and pay for it yourself. If we want the government out of our pocket books, then the least we can do is get them out of our children’s head.

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