TAMPA, Fla. — The local school board reinstated Good Friday, Easter Monday and Yom Kippur as school holidays after getting more than 3,500 e-mails from around the country criticizing its earlier decision to eliminate them rather than add a Muslim holiday.
The Hillsborough County School Board voted 5-2 Tuesday night to restore the holidays to the 2006-07 school calendar after a Muslim group said it didn’t want its request to add the Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, to result in Christian and Jewish holidays being taken away.
“It is a temporary solution,” said Ahmed Bedier, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “We’ve been adamant the last two weeks that we would give up on our request for a holiday so the other religions won’t lose theirs.”
Gee, thanks, Ahmed. What happened? Orders from the home office not to play the bully boy on this one?