I must say, this is a welcome change from the constant capitulation to the left’s favored minority groups.
According to this, Brooklyn Technical High School has scheduled their senior prom for June 3. The problem with this? June 3 falls during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Because of this – and the religious strictures associated with the observance not to eat or drink anything until after sundown – Muslim students from the school have started a petition to get the school to change the date of prom.
I guess they’re serving dinner as part of the event, so that’s a no-no for the Muslim kids –
In 2017, Ramadan is expected to begin on the night of either May 26th or 27th. Brooklyn Tech’s Senior Prom is scheduled for June 3rd, a week into Ramadan.
The start of this entails many responsibilities to the participants and with Tech’s Muslim population being so vast, it is clear the scheduled date will heavily affect the attendance of this significant event of our high school experience.
A change to the date, even a week and a half earlier, would allow so many more people to partake. If no action is taken, Senior Prom truly wouldn’t be open to every senior who wants to go.
The school’s response? Nope. We’ve already scheduled the event and booked the venue. Not changing it for anything.
We’ll go so far as to have dinner after sundown to accommodate the Ramadan-observing students, but that’s it –
A Department of Education spokesperson told CBS2 that because the dance was planned months in advance, it couldn’t be rescheduled.
Some accommodations are being made for observant students, such as dinner being served at 9pm – well after sunset – so all students can eat.
I have a question – If this event was scheduled months in advance and the Muslim students knew when Ramadan was going to be, why are they just complaining about this now?
If this is such a big deal, why did none of them – or their parents – bring this up earlier? You know, when the school could have rescheduled a bit easier?
Or is this just another in a long line of “Look how Islamophobic everyone is because they don’t know when Ramadan is!”
Good grief – most Americans don’t even know when Ramadan is until virtue-signaling turds on social media start wishing their Muslim friends a happy and peaceful Ramadan!
(Which begs the question – do all these social justice jackholes really have “Muslim friends”, or are they just talking about it because other social justice jackholes are and they don’t want to be left out? If you do personally know Muslims who are observing the holiday, that’s great. Wish them well on their special day/week/month. But with as many people that I see on Facebook and Twitter bleating about it and other Muslim holidays, it rings hollow to me. Your mileage may vary.)
It’s not clear how many of the Brooklyn Tech students would have to miss out on prom because of the religious observance (the school doesn’t keep records on religious affiliation on their students).
But I have to explain something to these kids – there are plenty of Christians for whom Sunday is a holy day of rest that simply elect to miss out on big special events held on Sunday, rather than break the Sabbath Day (not everyone does this, I realize. But a fair number do).
When I was in college, there were events that I would have loved to participate in, but chose not to because it would conflict with my Sunday worship.
I have friends who decided not to compete in sporting events because those competitions were held on Sunday – sometimes those were championship-level events and it was a huge sacrifice for them to miss out on that.
Even now as an adult, there are things that I have to balance in order to practice my religion as I wish to.
Sometimes, I have to work on Sundays, even though I try hard to keep that day set apart as a day of religious observance and family time.
Quite honestly, doing so helps me feel more committed to my faith, which is a high priority for me.
That’s part of life. You have choices you’re presented with and you make the decision you feel is the right one.
You don’t force people to change their lives and beliefs to fit around yours. That’s not how this works. Sometimes, you have to choose between religious observance and what the rest of the world wants you to do.
So, no – I don’t blame Brooklyn Tech for standing their ground. I think it’s selfish of the students to make everyone else change things to suit their needs.
And, speaking as someone who has had to miss out on fun things for religious reasons, missing prom could end up being a faith-promoting experience for them.
If they really are that committed to their religious beliefs, that is.
Or they could just be using it as a beating stick to make everyone else feel bad for picking on the poor little Muslim kids. Personally, I’m not buying it.