The Baltimore County Board of Education is expected tonight to reject calls from a Muslim group to add two Islamic holidays to the proposed 2006-07 school calendar.
The board is expected to adopt the recommendations of a subcommittee that found countywide attendance does not drop enough on Muslim holidays to justify closures. Instead, the subcommittee recommends that the district note the holidays on the calendar and teach students about their significance….
Baltimore County Muslims point out that schools close for two Jewish holidays. “The recommendation tells everyone that the board has fear of Muslims, and it is unfair,” said Bash Pharoan, president of the Baltimore County Muslim Council.
Jewish leaders say Mr. Pharoan is attempting to politicize the school calendar, which schedules closures only for holidays that cause low attendance rates countywide.
I wouldn’t call it fear, exactly. Perhaps a not-unjustified dislike. I blame the Jews.