It appears that Muslims in Maryland are demanding that schools observe their holy days as well as Christian and Jewish ones.
I went to a formerly Catholic school that had been bought from the Church by a board of directors. We had a very diverse group of students with varied Christian beliefs as well as Jewish students in our ranks. The Jewish students and any other with certain restrictions or requirements were allowed their holidays. They were given a chance to make up their work or tests. They never complained. They never lobbied for more. We never noticed or focused on our differences. We were all friendly and accepting as differences were never given any more rights or privileges. Neither did we expect any.
I haven’t heard the Muslim students complaining about the Christian and Jewish holidays off. Perhaps, since their argument is based on having to choose between school and religion, they should remain in school during regularly scheduled holidays when everyone else goes home. Their parents can hire a school facility and teachers to have education during the Christmas, New Year, Easter, spring holidays etc.
In the USA, we are known for allowing all to live and worship as desired. But regardless of what our administration may claim, this country was founded and remains a Judeo-Christian country. If you “gotta be free, gotta be me” that is okay, just don’t force anyone else to do what you do.
The United States is one of the only places in the world where there is the freedom of speech, of religion and good living conditions for women. Women are not oppressed and used as chattel. We are not married off at a young age to shift the financial burden of a young girl to another family. We have reproductive and educational options.
This is not true in Muslim countries. Here is a picture of a 14-year-old bride with her fifteen-year-old husband:
It is highly likely that this was an arranged marriage. The children could be related closely by blood, which could cause birth defects. They could even be completely unknown to each other.
When she is 30 years old and worn out from child bearing, and her children ask her,
“Mother, what did you look like on your wedding day?”
She cannot even show them a picture of her beautiful, young face. She is swaddled in burlap-like bag from the waist up, with even her hands and arms covered.
I do not want to see this kind of culture flourishing in our society. We have never practiced the severity of these customs and should not allow them to become accepted.
Equal rights are not special rights and no one should ask for more freedom than the Constitution already offers.
We practice “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and if you think there is more or a better lifestyle somewhere else, you are mistaken.