Ramadan Request Stirs Tumult in School District

October 3, 2007

Author: Jo Napolitano

Source: Chicago Tribune


Dozens of parents said at an Oak Lawn school board meeting Tuesday night that while they're happy to have a student body of varying religions, they want to keep celebrating what they say are traditional American holidays and customs.

That doesn't mean they aren't open to observing other religions' holidays, the parents told the Ridgeland School District 122 board, which is looking at its policies concerning religious teachings and observances. At issue is whether Christian holidays, such as Christmas, should be celebrated now that Muslim children make up about 30 percent of district pupils.