Allahu Akbar. New York’s Mayor Bill DeBlasio tweeted today that schools in his city will close for Eid al-Adha and al-Fitr “a change that respects the diversity of our city.”
Yes, diversity if you’re counting about two percent of the population, because currently that’s what the Muslim population of New York City represents.
Some will say it’s only fair that schools close for Muslim holidays because they’re already closing for the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Except they’re leaving out the fact that Jews represent 22 percent of the population of New York City as a whole and nearly 30 percent in the borough of Manhattan.
Here’s a little chart from Gotham Gazette showing the breakdown:
The New York Times says a 2008 study from Columbia University says about 10 percent of schoolchildren are Muslim, but still…“Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, commemorates a pivotal event shared by Judaism, Christianity and Islam: the willingness of Ibrahim, or Abraham, to sacrifice his son to God.”
Yes, can’t we all coexist?
“Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of fasting for Ramadan, which is signaled by the sighting of the crescent moon.”
Of course the mayor’s move is really part of a larger effort of inclusiveness. In fact last month, he pressured the NYPD to remove this report from its website entitled “Radicalization in the West: the Homegrown Threat” – even after two policemen were hacked up by a jihadist – because it promotes discrimination against Muslims. So far the report is still available.
Rest assured however, this won’t be the last move by de Blasio.