CAIR: TIS THE SEASON FOR DISPUTES OVER HOLIDAY OBSERVANCES
Colored lights, Christmas trees and menorahs are brightening town squares around the state, but the legal landscape for such displays remains murky.
Some schools are also wrestling with how to incorporate elements of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in their classrooms, assemblies and hallways.
The best advice from experts: honor the year-end traditions of different religions without endorsing a particular ideology. . .
New Jersey has a growing Muslim population, centered around Paterson. A national Muslim group said it had not received any complaints about displays this season and supports them as long as all faiths can be represented when their holidays arise.
“In schools, if it’s student-initiated and students of all faiths have access to a bulletin board or display case, we have no problem with it,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington.