Jewish Holidays? School Board Votes No.
willesser at YAHOO.COM
Wed Feb 23 08:50:52 PST 2000
In an interesting twist on Euguene's theme of
"Non-Christians Never Win," the Sycamore school
district (Cincinnati suburb) has decided to end a two
year experiment in which the schools were closed on
Jewish High Holy Days. The board justified its
decision by saying that the absentee rate wasn't high
enough on those days to justify closing the schools.
The ACLU also had a suit pending against the district
claiming that closing down on the Jewish holidays
impermissibly favored one religion.
The story can be found at:
This story puts an intersting twist on the situation
of non-Christians. For solely non-religious reasons
(i.e. student absenteeism), it's ok to close schools
on Good Friday and other Christian holidays but not on
the Jewish holidays. It's a secular, perfectly valid
educational reason, but it does tend to favor the
religion with the greater numbers.
"Preach often; sometimes use words." St. Francis of Assisi
Law Clerk - Tenth Circuit
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
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