CAIR-FL: ISSUE OF RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS BACK BEFORE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
An issue which put the Hillsborough County School District in the national spotlight, is once again back.
This week the district sent out 4,000 surveys, asking parents what religious holidays they’d like students to have off next school year.
Traditionally, classes have been off during Christian holidays like Christmas. But what about holidays for other religious groups? For example, Muslims would like classes canceled during Eid Al-Fitr, which usually falls in October.
Last year, the subject of canceling classes for other non-Christian holidays drew a firestorm of criticism.
The surveys are the first step in determining the calendar for the 07-08 school year.
Ahmed Bedier, Council on American-Islamic Relations:
“We don’t think the request to include one day is unreasonable.”