New York City schools are embracing multicultural diversity by establishing two Muslim holidays off and it is admirable

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SHAFAQNA – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the schools should close on two very important religious holidays: Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha, another day of remembrance. The mayor commented on Twitter that it is “a change that respects the diversity of our city.” According to The New York Times‘ estimates, there would be between 600,000 and 1 million Muslims in the city. A study from Columbia published in 2008 indicated that 10 percent of students in public school were Muslim. This action of religious tolerance should spread across the state and the country. There are more than 2.75 million Muslims in America, and the number is growing. Like other religious groups, Muslims are a part of this country and should be recognized. Muslim-American students should benefit from the same rights afforded to other religions like holidays off (Christian Christmas or Jewish Yom Kippur, for instance). Muslim students should not have to choose between their religion and their education. They struggle to practice their faith in a country that does not understand Islam well or has a discomfort with it.

It is a matter of freedom of religion, and freedom of expression. More importantly, it is part of their identity.

Helene Gaudin

Source : http://www.timesunion.com/

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