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Published On: Wed, Jan 15th, 2014

New Whilte House petition calls for Muslim holidays to be recognized in public schools

A group of Muslim middle school students in Virginia is urging the Obama administration to support the official recognition of Muslim holidays in public schools “throughout the United States of America.”

cover of a Quran  photo by crystalina  via wikimedia commons

cover of a Quran photo by crystalina via wikimedia commons

The kids have taken their appeal to WhiteHouse.gov’s “We the People,” creating a petition that they hope will convince President Barack Obama to back their request.

“With the growing population of Muslims in the United States of America (including first, second, third, and fourth generation) we believe it is high time that Muslim holidays are recognized by schools throughout this nation. Unfortunately many Muslim families are forced to choose between their children’s education and their religious obligations. Muslim school children and staff deserve the same benefits afforded to the followers of other faiths. We call on President Obama to support this petition and advance the inclusiveness of our great nation.”

As of Wednesday morning, the petition had over 36,000 signatories, still more than 64,000 names short of the benchmark needed by Jan. 16 to receive an official response from the Obama administration.

Check out the petition for yourself HERE

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