Then, she asked if Ramadan could be added to the school holidays.
What the news politely calls a "debate" seems to have been sorted out now. Along the line, the Oak Lawn schools almost lost all their religious and sort-of-religious holidays.
At this point, Ramadan, Halloween, and Christmas are on the recognized holiday list. That makes sense, considering that about 30% of the kids are Muslims.
"'I want everyone to be equally acknowledged. I never demanded that no one can celebrate. I never said take Christmas away,' Zahdan said at the meeting before the board went into a closed session."
Hats off to the Chicago suburb's school system. It's nice to see common sense break out here and there.
- "Ramadan added to school's holidays, " Chicago Tribune, October 3, 2007
- Fox Cable News