(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/3/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the decision of the Loudoun County, Va., school board to approve days off for Jewish, Hindu and Muslim holidays.
The newly-approved school calendar includes days off for students and staff on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement in Judaism; Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights; and Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
SEE: Loudoun County school board approves days off for religious holidays
In a statement, CAIR National Communications Manager Ayan Ajeen said: “We welcome this decision as a clear indication of growing acceptance of religious diversity and we hope to see more school districts nationwide follow suit.”
She noted that last month, CAIR urged Virginia Muslims to comment on the proposed changes to the Loudon County Public Schools calendar.
SEE: CAIR Asks Va. Muslims to Comment on Proposed Eid al-Fitr School Holiday
Washington-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.
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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org