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The largest public school system in the U.S. will observe the two most important Muslim holidays starting next fall.
Under the new policy, which was hailed Wednesday by Islamic leaders in New York City, the city’s 1.1 million-pupil public school system will close Sept. 24 for Eid al-Adha and the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which will be observed during the summer school session next year.
"Hundreds of thousands of Muslim families will no longer have to choose between honoring the most sacred days on their calendar or attending school," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in his announcement.
Muslim leaders welcomed the announcement.
"After years of advocating by New York City's Muslim community, Muslim public school students will finally and thankfully no longer be penalized for observing their religious holidays," said Zead Ramadan, a board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Community leaders have urged adding the Muslim holidays to the school calendar. The City Council passed a resolution supporting the change in 2009.
The total number of school days will go unchanged in New York.
New York City public schools have long closed for major Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur as well as the Christian holidays of Christmas and Good Friday.
Other public school systems that have moved recently to observe Muslim holidays include those in Waterbury, Connecticut and Frederick County, Maryland.
Yesterday, Ben Carson stated flatly in the morning that homosexuality “absolutely” is a choice. Just hours later, before the day was done, he was in full scale retreat, issuing an abject apology for having possibly offended tender souls.
Chris Cuomo asked Dr. Carson yesterday morning, “Do you think people have control over their sexuality?”
“Do you think being gay is a choice?”
So early yesterday morning, Dr. Carson was clear, definitive and unambiguous. “Being gay” – that is, living a homosexual lifestyle – is a matter of choice. This is indisputable. While we may not know exactly where sexual impulses come from, making a decision to yield to them is always a matter of choice.
Sexual impulses may not be a matter of choice, but sexual behavior always is.
But for saying that homosexuality is “absolutely” a choice, Dr. Carson immediately came under withering assault from what lesbian writer Tammy Bruce calls the “Gay Gestapo” and what Bill Maher calls “the gay mafia.” Under this relentless attack, it wasn’t long before Dr. Carson issued an apology on Facebook (emphasis mine):
“In a recent interview on CNN, I realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues.
I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended…
I am not a politician and I answered a question without really thinking about it thoroughly. No excuses. I deeply regret my statement and I promise you, on this journey, I may err again, but unlike politicians when I make an error I will take full responsibility and never hide or parse words. As a human being my obligation is to learn from my mistakes and to treat all people with respect and dignity.
The fundamental problem with Carson’s apology is that he nowhere makes a distinction between impulse and behavior.
Dr. Carson just this week formed an exploratory committee, which means he’s running for the presidency. He admits here that, on an issue which has been a front burner social issue for the last 12 years, he gave an answer “without really thinking about it.” Ouch.
And then he seems to imply that declaring that sexual behavior is a “choice” represents a failure “to treat all people with respect and dignity.” In other words, he has taken the position here that expressing a biblical view of human sexuality is wrong and degrading to people who disagree. This is just what the homosexual lobby wants everybody to believe. Double ouch.
I think, in point of fact, Dr. Carson has thought about the matter quite thoroughly and did in fact speak his true mind to Chris Cuomo. Evidence of this is that he had a ready illustration of his point (situational homosexuality in the prison system) at hand.
What Carson failed to anticipate was the intensity of the vitriol that would be unleashed against him for declaring a socially and biblically conservative view on homosexuality. Unfortunately, in the face of this blistering attack, he did not stand his ground. He retreated, rather rapidly in fact, before the day was out.
Why did he cave? The most likely explanation is that his campaign managers freaked and told him he had to go into immediate damage control if he wants to become president. His political consultants, like most in the establishment GOP, are completely wigged out by social issues – like they were with Sarah Palin – and don’t want their candidates to touch them with the proverbial 10 foot pole.
What had made Dr. Carson such an attractive candidate to the base was that he was unapologetically conservative. He wasn’t a conventional political figure. He was an outsider, a Sarah Palin in wingtips who spoke his mind without being intimidated into silence by those who are offended by the truth.
Alas, last night Dr. Carson spoke and acted rather like an ordinary and conventional politician. He now seems to be a captive of political correctness just like everybody else, at least on the issue of human sexuality.
Yesterday afternoon, Carson told Sean Hannity, “I simply have decided I’m not really going to talk about that issue anymore because every time I’m gaining momentum the liberal press says, ‘Let’s talk about gay rights.’ And I’m just not going to fall for that anymore.”
He appears determined now never to address this issue again, which, of course, is a position no candidate for office can take. This also means his last public word on the subject will be an abject apology for saying that homosexuality is a choice.
This retreat will hurt him with the base and will not help him with anyone else. It’s a net loss. In fact, last night’s apology may have done fatal damage to his campaign before it even got started.
If the left can beat him down this easily on an issue like homosexuality, on what other issues might he crumple if enough pressure is applied? Will voters want to take the risk of finding out after it’s too late?
Bottom line: on homosexuality, and maybe on everything else, Ben Carson needs to decide right now whether he is going to listen to God or his handlers. His political future may rest on the answer to that question.
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department seeking any and all communications – including emails – from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Chief of Staff Huma Abedin with Nagla Mahmoud, wife of ousted Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi, from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2013 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00321)).
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department seeking any and all communications – including emails – from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Chief of Staff Huma Abedin with Nagla Mahmoud, wife of ousted Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi, from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2013 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00321)). This latest lawsuit will require the State Department to answer questions about and conduct thorough searches of Hillary Clinton’s newly discovered hidden email accounts. Judicial Watch also has nearly a dozen other active FOIA lawsuits that may require the State Department to search these email accounts. Huma Abedin is also alleged to have a secret account as well.
Judicial Watch submitted its original FOIA request on August 27, 2014. The State Department was required by law to respond by September 26, 2014 at the latest to Judicial Watch’s request for:
Any and all records of communication between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Nagla Mahmoud, wife of ousted Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi, from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2013; and
Any and all records of communication between former State Department Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin and Nagla Mahmoud from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2013.
To date, the State Department has not responded.
Ms. Mahmoud threatened Mrs. Clinton after Morsi was ousted. According to JihadWatch.org:
In the words of El-Mogaz News, Morsi’s wife “is threatening to expose the special relationship between her husband and Hillary Clinton, after the latter attacked the ousted [president], calling him a simpleton who was unfit for the presidency. Sources close to Nagla confirmed that she has threatened to publish the letters exchanged between Morsi and Hillary.”
The report continues by saying that Nagla accuses Hillary of denouncing her former close ally, the Brotherhood’s Morsi, in an effort to foster better relations with his successor, Egypt’s current president, Sisi—even though, as Nagla laments, “he [Morsi] was faithful to the American administration.”
“Now we know why the State Department didn’t want to respond to our specific request for Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s communications,” stated Tom Fitton. “The State Department violated FOIA law rather than admit that it couldn’t and wouldn’t search the secret accounts that the agency has known about for years. This lawsuit shows how the latest Obama administration cover-up isn’t just about domestic politics but has significant foreign policy implications.”
I can’t tell you how ready I am to see the end of the Obama administration. The level of incompetence, scandal, and socialist-pandering is enough to drive a sane person mad. So try to keep your cool (and keep down your lunch) when you read Obama’s new slogan:
“Eight years is only the beginning.”
He apparently doesn’t think that he’s “helped” the economy enough or been enough of a “stabilizing” influence in the Middle East or brought enough racial “understanding” during his administration. He wants to do more.
The Barack Obama Foundation says:
“Our first priority is laying the groundwork for the Barack Obama Library and Museum,” the foundation said. “This year, we’ll choose a partner institution and construction site and start to gather the stories and artifacts that recall a historic presidency.
“Next, we’ll sketch out the programs and initiatives that will begin when the president and first lady come on board in 2017.”
Please, Mr. Obama, do more by doing it somewhere else. At least Jimmy Carter had the good sense to do something productive by spending a good chunk of his time actually helping people by building houses with Habitat for Humanity. One can only guess what Obama has in mind.
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