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No Merry & No Christmas Reference in Montgomery County Schools

November 12th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Maryland's biggest school district has voted to eliminate religious references from holidays on next year's school calendar. 

That includes Christian holidays like Easter and Christmas, and the Jewish holidays of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. 

The 7-1 decision by the Montgomery County's Board of Education comes after Muslim leaders in the community asked that equal recognition be given to the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha.  School still will be closed for the Christian and Jewish holidays and students will get the same days off. School will remain open for the Muslim holiday. 

Muslim leaders say they're not happy with the solution.  They say they didn't want religious labels removed from the other holidays, just for Muslim students to be treated equally and to have their own holiday recognized.

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