Quick, someone get Daniel Pipes, the Islamists are restless. It appears they’re about to take over the NYC school system and perhaps even the City Council. How else to explain that the Council voted with only one nay to add the two most important Muslim holidays to the school calendar.
The only city official standing in the way of the adoption of the measure is the mayor, who remains to be convinced that a religious group comprising 12% of the school population deserves to have its own holiday recognized by the city. If Mayor Bloomberg is smart he’ll get those trusty Islamist-busters, Pipes and Stop the Madrasa on the case. In short order, they make a total mess out of the situation and have Jews and Muslims at each others throats. Which is just as it should be, right?
What puzzles me is that Bloomberg, who is up for re-election, doesn’t seem to be able to do the math: there are 600,000 Muslim voters in N.Y. To diss them doesn’t seem like an optimal election strategy. Furthermore, this comment isn’t going to help things:
The mayor told reporters before the vote that not all religions could be accommodated on the holiday schedule, only those with “a very large number of kids who practice.”
“If you close the schools for every single holiday, there won’t be any school,” he said.
Of course, Bloomberg is also thinking about the flack he’ll catch from the Muslim-haters among the 2-million Jewish voters. So I guess Mike’s solution is to ignore the Muslims and hope they’ll just go away. That oughta work.