In Observing Muslim Holiday, Cambridge Notes Its Diversity

October 14, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Boston Globe

The Cambridge school system’s decision to close school for one of two important Muslim holidays is a good way to promote the acceptance of Muslim students, especially at a time when many people are concerned about rising anti-Muslim sentiments in the country. It’s also a sensible response to changing demographics in Cambridge schools. While every school system should be free to devise its own approach to religious holidays, Cambridge’s decision to close schools for a Muslim holiday is consistent with its policy for closing on Christian and Jewish celebrations, and should be respected.