Waterbury, Conn., school system in the town of Waterbury will honor the Muslim holidays of Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha.
The board of education recently voted to allow Muslim students to take excused absences on the two Muslim holy days; no tests or major school events would be planned for those days. The vote followed a community petition
The Islamic method of slaughtering animals is particularly brutal. It takes the life of an animal by making it bleed a slow and painful death.
Hundreds of people petitioned the Waterbury School Board to recognize the two Muslim holidays. The days are important in the faith as it calls for families and communities to come together to break a period of fasting.
“Our school board takes pride in the fact that we’re very sensitive to all the needs of our students and that we have a diverse population in Waterbury,” said Charles Stango, president of the Waterbury Board of Education. “That population deserves to have their culture represented and respected as any other individual.”
As a result, starting next fall, all schools in the Westbury, Connecticut school district, including American children, will be honoring two of the Muslim religion’s most holy days by not scheduling tests, field trips or major school events on those days.
What this entails is the school district tracking the Lunar calendar and by that, Islam, a spirit of Antichrist intended to changing set times and set laws as well as educating non-Muslims that Eid al-Adha celebrations start after the descent of the Hujjaj, the pilgrims performing the Hajj, from Mount Arafat, a hill east of Mecca and all that “Muslims observe the holiday with morning prayers, followed by gatherings of friends and family” is only half the story. The day ends up with an animal slaughtered by every household in the backyard.
Eid al-Adha is the Muslim “Festival of the sacrifice” which falls on the Muslim 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for three days. In the international (Gregorian) calendar, the dates vary from year to year, drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year. This presented a problem for Muslims in WATERBURY, Conn since they wanted the school to allow their children (and non-Muslims as well) hopefully to participate in the holy day and stop doing any tests, field trips and such … sort of “its time you respect our religion”.
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