President Obama marks Ramadan

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Let’s see Obama can have a Ramadan dinner the last 2 or 3 yrs with his Muslim buddies, but he’s cancelled the National Day of Prayer breakfast with Christians 2 years in a row and cancelled Franklin Graham’s invitation to speak at the Pentagon prayer service. But the Muslims can have an Islamic service at the Pentagon since 9/11….no problem. But Obama is a Christian?

President Obama marks Ramadan

Washington (CNN)– President Obama Monday is marking the beginning of Ramadan, the month-long Muslim holiday of fasting and reflection.

In a statement issued by the White House, the president said, “Times like this remind us of the lesson of all great faiths, including Islam – that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.”

He also said he will be hosting an iftar dinner at the White House, an event he hosted last year as well.

You can read Obama’s full statement on CNN’s White House blog The 1600 Report

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Muslim Holidays to be Observed in Cambridge Massachusetts Schools

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Well we’ve arrived now haven’t we Cambridge. Beginning next year their school system will observe on Muslim Holiday and close the schools. Cambridge School Committee Vice Chairman Marc McGovern said, “Cambridge schools already close for some Christian and Jewish holidays, and McGovern said he believes Muslims should be treated equally.”

“The issue that sort of came up was should we celebrate any religious holidays, but there was not the will to take away Good Friday or one of the Jewish holidays,” he said. “So I said, if that is the case, I think we have an obligation to celebrate one of the Muslim holidays, as well.”

An official also said, “It just didn’t seem right that we would close for two of those religions (Christian & Jewish), but not for the third.”

(This article below starts out in an attempt to pull your heart strings for 17 yr old Dunia Kassay and her dilemma so you’ll go along with this decision.)

(IMO-It is appropriate that  we don’t close for the third “religion” (ideology) because we are a Christian nation, not Islamic. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Saudi Arabia celebrates even one Christian holiday or doesn’t even allow a Christian church to be built, along with allowing Bibles in the country?)

School system to get Muslim holiday

Cambridge to start observance in 2011-12

As a Muslim and a high school senior at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 17-year-old Dunia Kassay faces a tough choice every year on Islamic holy days: go to school or stay home to be with family and friends.

If she stays home, Kassay says, she will be forced to play catch-up and make up her school assignments. But if she goes to school, she will be neglecting what she feels is her religious obligation on holidays such as Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.

“It’s really conflicting,’’ Kassay said. “Instead of fasting for a month and enjoying this really big day, eating and going to family’s houses, it’s kind of like, ‘Oh, hey, guys, I’ve got to go do my homework.’ ’’

But beginning next year, Cambridge public schools will attempt to make it easier for Muslim students to honor their highest holy days.

In a move that school officials believe is the first of its kind in the state, Cambridge will close schools for one Muslim holiday each year beginning in the 2011-2012 school year.

The school will either close for Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, depending on which holiday falls within the school year. If both fall within the school calendar, the district will close for only one of the days.

But Cambridge School Committee member Marc McGovern, who pushed for the Muslim holiday in city schools, said he thinks people need to take a step back from what he called hysteria and the stereotypes of all Muslims as terrorists.

“At a time when I think the Muslim population is being characterized with a broad brush in a negative way, I think it’s important for us to say we’re not going to do that here,’’ McGovern said.

Cambridge schools already close for some Christian and Jewish holidays, and McGovern said he believes Muslims should be treated equally.

“The issue that sort of came up was should we celebrate any religious holidays, but there was not the will to take away Good Friday or one of the Jewish holidays,’’ he said. “So I said, if that is the case, I think we have an obligation to celebrate one of the Muslim holidays, as well.
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, spokesman for the department, JC Considine. said,If a school district has a large number of students who observe Good Friday and would not attend school that day, Considine said the districts are allowed to close because of the expected low attendance. But the state does require districts to schedule at least 180 days of school.

Cambridge School Superintendent Jeffrey Young said the district does not collect information about the religion of its students. But Young said that there is a significant Muslim population in the city, and that, at least anecdotally, the Muslim population in the schools appears to be growing.

A large Muslim population is one of the reasons why the school district in Dearborn, Mich., began closing schools for high Islamic holy days 10 years ago, said David Mustonen, communications coordinator for the school system.

Mustonen said that at first there were some people in the community who didn’t like the schools being closed on Eid holidays. “However, I don’t think this is the case anymore as people have come to realize that it is no different then taking time off at Christmas or Easter,’’ Mustonen said in an e-mail.

(I have to disagree with Mustonen…we are a Christian nation and worship a different God than Islam. Massachusetts may later feel the wrath of the God of Abraham…..not allah by doing this.)

Glenn Koocher, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, said that to his knowledge Cambridge would be the first school district in Massachusetts to close schools for a Muslim holiday.

“Somebody has to be first,’’ said Koocher. “I suspect there may be heightened interest in this. We’ll see how this plays out.’’

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BREAKING NEWS:Pakistani Minister calls for Obama to become “Caliph of Muslims”

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Right in America’s face…..Well why doesn’t the media or Obama just come out and say it…….Obama is a muslim……….not a Christian as he says he is. An online dictionary defines “caliph” as a noun derived from the word “successor,” a “successor of Muhammad as temporal and spiritual head of Islam.” A second dictionary concurs.

Pakistani Minister calls for Obama to become “Caliph of Muslims”

This photo appears beside the assertion on Obama’s “Fight the Smears” website that he is a “committed Christian.”

(Sept. 3, 2010) — An online Pakistani newspaper is reporting that a government minister has asked that Barrack (sic) Hussein Obama be named “Caliph of Muslims.”

The minister reportedly wants Obama to “offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero Mosque,” the construction of which, several blocks from where 2,972 people were incinerated by two airliners on September 11, 2001 when they were deliberately flown into the World Trade Center Towers, Obama has openly supported.

The same Pakistani story was published on a site which appears to be operated by MSN in India.

The report quotes the government minister as having said, ““The coming Eid would expectedly be observed on 9/11, this a golden opportunity for President Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero and become Amir-ul-Momineen or Caliph of Muslims.”

Eid is a festival which marks the end of Ramadan, which includes daily fasting.

Because the festival of “Eid” coincides with September 11 this year, Muslims are reportedly worried that it could invoke “the potential for misunderstandings or worse in a year when American Muslims are already confronting a spike in assaults on their faith and protests against new mosques.”

An online dictionary defines “caliph” as a noun derived from the word “successor,” a “successor of Muhammad as temporal and spiritual head of Islam.” A second dictionary concurs.

According to Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, “The caliph in Sunni Islam is the successor of Muhammad as the military, political, and spiritual leader of the Islamic community.”

Wikipedia defines the term “Caliph” as “the head of state in a Caliphate, and the title for the leader of the Islamic Ummah, an Islamic community ruled by the Shari’ah” and claims that it is a “constitutional republic.”

The minister, Ayatullah Durrani, was reportedly a member of the Pakistan Ideological Council.  A website states that he or she is “Minister of State” within the “Ministry of Indusrtires (sic) and Production.”  While some of the links are non-functional, the link labeled “Politics” brings up a history of Pakistan.

A second website depicts Dr. Ayatullah Durrani as a male and a member of the “Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians.”  The political party is described here.

After conducting a search for the term “Muslim Ummah,” as it appeared in the Pakistani article, a warning about an “attack page is displayed.  Why has Google blocked the site with a warning?  The same thing happens when trying to access the website for “Muslim Ummah of North America.”

Wikipedia states that “ummah” is “an Arabic word meaning “community” or “nation.”  One source states that it is the “community” which includes “Mauritania to Pakistan.”

A search for the term “Ameer-ul-Momineen” yields an Islamic website depicting books which can be downloaded as well as at least one video and a chat room.  Another definition is “Leader of the Faithful.”

How can a man who professes to be a Christian be a Muslim Caliph?  Obama claimed he was a Christian on his campaign website.  Or was he simply confused?  He has hosted Iftar dinners and spoken about “Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings. Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality. And here in the United States, Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been part of America and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country.”

But what has he said about Christianity and Jesus Christ?  The Post & Email has just learned that Obama reportedly does not even give Christmas presents to his children.

The prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca, where the last Friday of Ramadan was recognized today.  One Muslim says that Ramadan is the best time of the year for her personally.

A note at the end of the Pakistani article states that it also appeared in their print news edition.

Update:  When Obama addressed the “Muslim world” last summer, he said he was “interested in working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill “Zakat,” which he stated is an “obligation.”  Zakat is defined as “one of the five pillars of Islam” and involves the redistribution of wealth to the poor.  “It is obligatory upon all Muslims to give 2.5 % of wealth and assets each year (in excess of what is required) to the poor.”

Is Obama’s “Muslim faith” the reason he advocated “spreading the wealth around” to Joe the Plumber in 2008?

Did Americans simply accept that Obama was a Christian during the campaign because his surrogates said soThe evidence says otherwise.

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Muslims seek to add holidays on NY school calendar

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Well here we go….you give them an inch and they’ll take a mile. We are a Christian Nation in America…….we only celebrate Christian holidays, not any other religion’s holidays. Other religions are free to worship here (unlike many other countries), but we will not celebrate their holidays to a false god. If NY legislators decide to do this, it will be the beginning of a BIG mistake and not the end.

Muslims seek to add holidays on NY school calendar

Muslim parents, students and civic groups are campaigning to add two of their religious holidays to the New York City public school calendar, pinning their hopes on state lawmakers after failing to win over Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the idea.

Putting Eid Ul-Fitr, a holiday marking the end of Ramadan, and Eid Ul-Adha, celebrating the end of the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, on the list of official school holidays will help ease suspicion and reduce anti-Muslim sentiment nearly a decade after the September 11 attacks, they say.

Supporters say there are more than 100,000 Muslim students in the public schools, or about 12 percent of the enrollment. (That changes nothing, 80% of America is Christian)

Hundreds of supporters gathered outside City Hall on June 30 to pressure Bloomberg on the issue, saying the holidays could be recognized by adding just five days off over the next decade, since many fall on existing holidays or weekends.

Bloomberg rejected the proposal, arguing city students cannot afford more days off. Just four in 10 students graduate on time and one in 10 drops out, according to statistics.

“Everybody would like to be recognized but the truth of the matter is we need more school days, not less,” he said.

Supporters now are looking to a bill that calls for instituting the Muslim holidays as days off in city schools. It is pending in the state Senate and Assembly and if it becomes law, it would supersede Bloomberg’s decision despite his control of New York City schools.

CHOICE BETWEEN RELIGION AND SCHOOL

The school calendar currently has 13 observed holidays, including Jewish ones such as Rosh Hashana and Christian holidays such as Good Friday. The religious holidays have been on the calendar for at least several decades.

Of the 11 generally observed Muslim holidays, none are on the school calendar.

“There is a large group of people who feel like they have to choose between religion and school,” said Faiza Ali, a spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The issue surfaced in 2006, when Eid Ul-Adha fell on the same day as a statewide reading test. Some Muslim students stayed home, missing the crucial skills test. Others attended, missing the holiday with their families.

Some Muslims say they are frustrated by Bloomberg’s decision in the wake of public opposition to proposed construction of several mosques in the city and the 2007 ousting of an Arabic school principal after neighbors accused the school of being a breeding ground for militants.

Bloomberg often speaks of tolerance and diversity and supports the mosque construction, including one near the site of the World Trade Center towers destroyed on September 11, 2001, in al-Qaeda suicide attacks.

“Our kids know other holidays but then they see that their holidays are not recognized.(Maybe because this is a Christian Nation….you think? Are Christian holidays celebrated in Saudi Arabia,Egypt,Iran etc.?) It sends a mixed message,” said Isabel Bucaram, a Muslim with two children in city schools. “My daughter says to me, ‘They do it for others. Why not us?'”(Again because this is a Christian nation…….not muslim. The Jewish G-d is the same G-d that Christians worship…..not so with allah.)

A resolution in support of adding the holidays was approved last year in the City Council and the proposal has support of the teachers’ union and the city’s borough presidents.

For parents such as Ayman Hammous, a physical therapist originally from Egypt whose four children attend city schools, the debate comes down to acceptance.

“Putting the holidays on the calendar will send a positive message to the Muslim community that you are welcome here,” he said. (You are welcome to worship in your way in America…….but we don’t celebrate you holidays….period!)

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Obama cancelled 2010 White House National Day of Prayer ceremony

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UPDATE: August 13,2010 ….Obama is having yet another Iftar dinner today at the White House with his Muslim buddies.

Well, well, well, Obama cancels the National Day of Prayer Ceremony. No shock here is it? But he didn’t mind celebrating Iftar dinner last September 2009 with the Muslims after canceling last years National Day of Prayer Ceremony as well. What an insult to every Christian in America and the founding fathers.

Obama cancelled 2010 White House National Day of Prayer ceremony


Obama cancelled 2010 White House National Day of Prayer ceremony. The National Day of Prayer has historically been the first Thursday in May, since Harry S. Truman put it into effect in 1952, but wasn’t official until the days of Ronald Reagan.

For eight years, the White House held a celebration on the National Day of Prayer, and last year Obama cancelled the celebration, and the ceremony has been cancelled for 2010.  In 2009, CNN reported that Obama was toning down the National Day of Prayer by cancelling the White House ceremony, but that the official day was not cancelled.

The National Day of Prayer was created to remind people to pray for family, friends, the country, etc. It wasn’t created for a specific religion, but for anyone who wanted to participate.

In the past, many Presidents worried that making the National Day of Prayer official may cross the line at keeping church and state separate. While cancelling the National Day of Prayer ceremony has some people upset, and others have no opinion.

Kevin Coburn, from Salt Lake City said, “People shouldn’t care about the National Day of Prayer being cancelled. If people want to pray, they should, but they don’t need a special day set aside for it.”

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Well the President didn’t have any problem celebrating a Iftar Dinner with Muslims in the White House on Sept. 1, 2009. So what’s up with the Christians and the National Day of Prayer Ceremony?

President Obama Hosts a White House Iftar Dinner during Ramadan

As America recognizes the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, President Obama says, “we also celebrate how much Muslims have enriched America and its culture.” (I might have a lapse in memory, but I don’t remember how they’ve enriched America and certainly not enriched it’s culture)

“The contributions of Muslims to the United States are too long to catalog because Muslims are so interwoven into the fabric of our communities and our country,” (Oh really?…Let’s see that catalog of contributions.) Obama said at a White House iftar meal September 1.(Just after he cancelled the Christian National Day of  Prayer Ceremony 2 1/2 months earlier.) Ramadan is a period of reflection and devotion that includes daily fasting from sunrise to sunset. The iftar is a meal that breaks the daily fast after sunset.

Joining Obama were members of his Cabinet, members of the diplomatic corps in Washington and members of Congress, including Representatives Keith Ellison of Minnesota and André Carson of Indiana, who are the first two Muslims to serve in the U.S. Congress.

After the president spoke, he joined his guests at the dinner, which was held in the State Dining Room, whose tables were covered in green tablecloths featuring tall white tapers surrounding floral centerpieces. Outside the dining room in the Grand Foyer was a round table that held a raised platter of dates, a traditional feature of the iftar meal.

“For well over a billion Muslims, Ramadan is a time of intense devotion and reflection,” the president said. “It’s a time of service and support for those in need. And it is also a time for family and friends to come together in celebration of their faith, their communities and the common humanity that all of us share.” (What an insult to every Christian in this country to celebrate this in the White House, just after he canceled the National Day of Prayer Ceremony with Christians just prior to this in April 2009 and now 2010, but he’s not a Muslim?)

“It is in that spirit that I welcome each and every one of you to the White House,” Obama added.

White House iftars have been held for the past eight years.(But didn’t cancel the National Day of Prayer Ceremony until Obama)

“Together, we have a responsibility to foster engagement grounded in mutual interest and mutual respect,” Obama said in his opening remarks at the White House iftar. “That is central to the new beginning that I’ve sought between the United States and Muslims around the world. And that is a commitment that we can renew once again during this holy season.”

“Tonight, we celebrate a great religion and its commitment to justice and progress,” Obama said.

A complete transcript of the president’s remarks is available on America.gov.