New Jersey School Board Meeting Gets Heated During Debate Over Closing for Muslim Holiday

New Jersey School Board Meeting Gets Heated During Debate Over Closing for Muslim Holiday

Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey demanded that public schools be closed on Sep. 24 to celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice.

Dozens of Muslims crowded a school board meeting last Thursday — with many reportedly sent in by CAIR to intimidate local officials.

While many of those officials considered giving in to their demands, the Jersey City Board of Education ultimately voted not to close schools for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which one of the most important holidays for Muslims.

At one point, things became so heated that an official urged security to “take charge” of the situation. At least one person was seen on video being escorted from the meeting.

Board member Gerald Lyons suggested there is a perfectly valid reason for having school on Thursday, telling residents that closing school with just six days’ notice would cause “undue hardship” for 5,000 to 10,000 parents who might not have anywhere else to send their kids.

Lyons also reminded that students can still take the day off as an excused religious absence, meaning they would not face a penalty for doing so.

Several upset Jewish parents also noted that their children don’t get off school for established Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Those Jewish parents, however, had made no special demands of their own.

Had the school board buckled, the school year would have been extended another day.

As Lyons presented the logic behind the decision, a spokeswoman for the petitioners arrogantly gave a veiled threat.

“We’re no longer the minority. That’s clear from tonight,” she said, while smirking. “We’re gonna be the majority soon.”

Muslims currently only make up about 1 percent of the U.S. population. 

Eid al-Ahsa is a brutal Islamic “celebration” in which hundreds of animals are inhumanely slaughtered. During the three days, Muslims personally, with up to six others sharing one animal, slaughter an animal such as a sheep, cattle, camel, or goat.

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