Monday, January 20, 2014


By Eliana Benador

It happened last Thursday, 16 January 2014.  Not one, but two petitions have been filed and were posted simultaneously at the official petition website of the White House.  

The proponents of the petitions are calling for the American Administration to “recognize Muslim holidays throughout the United States of America.  

Both petitions have been posted on behalf of two groups:

-  Support the movement of having Muslim holidays recognized in the school year, throughout the United States of America; and,

-  Recognize Muslim holidays throughout the school year

However, as required by the White House petition protocol, the petitions will have to get 100,000 signatures by 15 February and only after that the White House may consider answering the petition.

Some make comparisons between Islam and other religions, purposefully oblivious that there is absolutely no other religion whose members go around the globe blowing themselves up, massacring innocent victims with them, to the cry of Allah hu Akbar.  

Therein lies one of the main differences in comparing Islam with other religions.  But, comparisons do not stop there, far from that.  

Pseudo-religious Muslims, their extremists, radicals and their terrorists, are keen in following instructions from some of their self-asserted, self-righteous leaders, their Prophet and others that operate safely behind the scenes, pulling the strings in an almost silent but subtle, insidious way.  

Their XXIst century, hypocritically gentle, misleadingly soft-spoken “theoreticians” who, in the mildest of manners, relentlessly incite their masses and give them excuses to commit violence.  

From a theological point of view, the fact that Muslim radicals and terrorists actually implement men’s dictates, give the latter the form of human-deities. But, wait, aren’t they precisely against idolatry?  Go figure.

Muslims celebrate - EId Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha, then Ramadan, which takes place during 30-days, and Ashura, which is also another Islamic holiday.

Just as the Jewish calendar, the Muslim calendar is also based on the lunar cycle, which means the holidays fall on a different date each year.

Read the argument stated by the Muslim petitioners:  

"With the growing population of Muslims in the United States of America (including first, second, third, and fourth generation) we believe it is high time that Muslim holidays are recognized by schools throughout this nation. Unfortunately many Muslim families are forced to choose between their children's education and their religious obligations. Muslim school children and staff deserve the same benefits afforded to the followers of other faiths. We call on President Obama to support this petition and advance the inclusiveness of our great nation.”

Last December, three middle-school students from Virginia posted their first petition asking for recognition of Muslim religious holidays, but it failed for lack of signatures.  

Indeed, Muslims are feeling more and more emboldened as time goes by.  The 2011 census, it showed that the number of Muslims in America has skyrocketed from 1.5 million to 2.6 million.

The 9/11 Muslim massacre that cost the lives of 3,500 innocent Americans in times of peace, has never been followed by a massive Muslim apology and the contrite repentance plus the unconditional promise they would reign in their terrorists and stop their designs of world domination.

On the contrary, they have received help from a key ally who managed to be given the role of the American President and who has, without much ado, ordered the removal of Islam and has forbidden its mention as the source of inspiration and implementation of the 9/11 massacre and other acts of terrorism committed thereafter.  

Despite all that, Muslims keep accusing the American society of being increasingly hostile to the Muslim community and have had the audacity of accusing Americans of fighting “covert battles through indirect oppositions.”

Animosity at large, they say, has opposed construction of mosques and other Islamic facilities. The most recent incident remains the national uproar over plans for a community center that became known as the "Ground Zero mosque" in Lower Manhattan, a few steps away from the place where the 9/11 attacks took place.

Americans know that Islamic conquests are crowned by the building of huge mosques at the place that once was meaningful to the life of locals, like the Al Aqsa mosque built on top of where was the Second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, Israel, but there are other such examples in the world.  

Let’s take a look at the situation of Christianity, Judaism, Baha’ism, as well as other religions in the midst of the Muslim world, the realm of Islam.

Not only there are practically no churches and even less, synagogues, temples, etc., but Christians are being outright and mercilessly persecuted as a result of what their Prophet has ordered them to do.   

Churches are being burned, Christians are being summarily executed, beheaded and their children are being forced to convert to Islam, plus other atrocities.

As for Judaism, it is a religion that does not proselytize, and whoever wants to convert has to deal with a great amount of intense rejection.  

Regarding religious holidays in America:  

Only Christian holidays are national holidays, and so it should be.  America is a Christian country.  

Saudi Arabia, for instance, is a Muslim country where Islam is the religion and they celebrate nationwide their own holidays. And so it should be.

As for Jewish holidays, NONE of them are part of the “national” American holidays.  They are all observed in the discretion of the Jewish homes and their synagogues.  There has never been any attempt from the American Jewish communities to impose their holidays as American national holidays.  Period.

All that said, the American people should be wary of how the Obama Administration will deal with that petition.  It is only a question of time for Muslims to get those 100,000 signatures.  

Democracy is against the interests of the American People.  

The clock is dangerously ticking away.  

Copyright ©Eliana Benador

Eliana Benador is a global strategist, a political operative and a human rights activist. She has been the founder of Benador Associates. She has represented dissidents abroad from Iraq, Iran, the Copts and others. Her blog is Eliana's Choice. You may follow her on Twitter, join her fan page on Facebook and you may find her also on LinkedIn.

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