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Chuck Norris Reacts to Maryland Schools’ New Calendar

Chuck Norris

A Maryland school district removed religion from its calendar after taking requests to include Islam’s Eid al-Adha. Many disapproved, including Chuck Norris.

Recently, Maryland’s largest school district decided to remove references to religious holidays from its calendars after being petitioned by the Muslim community to designate Eid al-Adha as an official school holiday, like Christmas and Yom Kippur. The district’s 2015-2016 calendar now has no mention of religious holidays, similar to nearly every large school district in the US. While the school will still be closed on those days, the religious holidays will no longer be listed on the calendar, which is a very different outcome than the families requesting inclusion of a Muslim holy day were expecting. A lot of concerned citizens have voiced their disagreement with this action, most notably, actor Chuck Norris.

Critics have called the move disrespectful and insensitive to Christians and Jews, as well as Muslims. For Chuck Norris, the move represents “a slippery slope” the US is sliding down, a slide that needs to be stopped “before it’s too late.” He believes that such a move has nothing to do with education, but is simply turning the school into “another indoctrination camp,” calling it “pipeline progressivism.”

Chuck Norris’ concern centers on whether “religious neutering to accommodate diversity” is leading to a new religion of political correctness in America. He cites the Bill of Rights as being created to protect freedom of choice and shows concern over that choice being used to move the nation in a more secular direction. Chuck Norris believes such a move as that made by the school district does not reflect the America the Founding Fathers envisioned. He shows concern over President Obama’s silence on the subject; insisting that he should be protecting religious liberty and the First Amendment by speaking out against the action taken by the school district. He mentions growing animosity toward religion in America as part of the reason for the President’s silence and the school district’s decision.


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  • Alison Lesley
    1:43 pm

    None of Chuck’s business. He’s an out of work actor doing bit parts and infomercials.

  • Alison Lesley
    1:43 pm

    Sorry, Chuck…..but there was nothingprogressive” about the school board’s decision on this matter!!

    It was more conservative than anything! They wanted to maintain the status quo of not observing the Islamic holiday(s). So they, purely out of spite removed the names ONLY of Christian and Jewish holidays while still being closed during those days.

  • IftikharA">Alison Lesley
    1:43 pm

    Muslim children not only need halal meat or Eid Holidays but they need state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their development period also. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school. Legally, the state has an obligation to respect the rights of parents to ensure that ‘education and teaching(of their children) is in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.’ The schools must satisfy the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural needs of Muslim pupils. State schools with non-Muslim monolingual teachers are not in a position to satisfy their needs. A good school is not just a knowledge factory or a conveyor belt for churning out exam passes – it is a community, a family. A community is held together by common values and principles

    Bilingual Muslims children have a right, as much as any other faith group, to be taught their culture, languages and faith alongside a mainstream curriculum. More faith schools will be opened under sweeping reforms
    of the education system in England. There is a dire need for the growth of state funded Muslim schools to meet the growing needs and demands of the Muslim parents and children. Now the time has come that parents and community should take over the running of their local schools. Parent-run schools will give the diversity, the choice and the competition that the wealthy have in the private sector. Parents can perform a better job than the Local Authority because parents have a genuine vested interest. The Local Authority simply cannot be trusted.

    Indiscipline, incivility, binge drinking, drug addiction, gun and knife crimes, teenage pregnancies and abortion are part and parcel of British schooling. These are the reasons why majority of Muslim parents would like to send their children to Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods. Only less than 5% attend Muslim schools and more than 95% keep on attending state and church schools to be mis-educated and de-educated by non-Muslim monolingual teachers.

    The demand for Muslim schools comes from parents who want their children a safe environment with an Islamic ethos. Parents see Muslim schools where children can develop their Islamic Identity where they won’t feel stigmatised for being Muslims and they can feel confident about their faith. Muslim schools are working to try to create a bridge between communities. There is a belief among ethnic minority parents that the British schooling does not adequately address their cultural needs. Failing to meet this need could result in feeling resentment among a group who already feel excluded. Setting up Muslim school is a defensive response. State schools with monolingual teachers are not capable to teach English to bilingual Muslim children. Bilingual teachers are needed to teach English to such children along with their mother tongue. According to a number of studies, a child will not learn a second language if his first language is ignored.
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