The intentionally misleading headline for this story reads: “Paterson Schools Show ‘Cultural Competency’ with the introduction of Halal food” for Muslims. But it is NOT ‘cultural competency’ whatever the Hell that means. It is submission to Islam by ignorant Christians and Jews, who never would think of demanding Kosher food to be served in public schools.
Passaic County News An initiative to ensure
healthy and full meals Islam-approved food for a large segment of Paterson Schools students was launched Monday when, for the first time, Halal food becames available at John F. Kennedy High School.
According to Superintendent Eileen Shafer, the program will also launch at Paterson School # 5 where she believes as many as 30% of the students will choose the new option while 15% may do so at JFK to comply with religious dietary requirements. The program is projected to eventually reach every school in the city, Shafer added.
On hand was Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman, a former member Paterson City Council, who explained the religious significance of Halal culinary fare.
“Halal meat such as chicken, cattle, or goats, is slaughtered and prepared to follow the (inhumane and barbaric) Islamic way,” Akhtaruzzaman said. “Muslims do not eat pork. For food to qualify as Halal, it cannot be fried or mixed with other food that is non-Halal.”
Citing cost as an impediment previously Akhtaruzzaman, a native of Bangladesh, said that efforts to introduce Halal food options to the school’s menus date back to 2011. “We tried back then and the school board was open to it. However the only place we could get Halal food was from Dearborn, Michigan. It was too expensive.”
Meals to feed as many as 500 students were prepared at JFK on the first day of the pilot program Dave Buchholtz, Director of Food Services, said. While the food trucked to the school is all the same its in the preparation, which food services have been specially trained in, that makes the difference.
The previous lack of a Halal food option meant that “there were a number of students in Paterson schools that were not afforded three meals a day,” Board of Education Commissioner Nakima Redmon said. (Ever hear of bringing a bag lunch?)
“It is very important for them to have access to food that also
considers their culture submits to their religious demands..”
New Jersey Muslim students demand schools recognize the Muslim holiday of Eid and declare it a school holiday.
New Jersey News12 A group of Morris County high school students is pushing school officials to recognize the Muslim holiday of Eid as one of the officials holidays where schools are closed.
Four Mount Olive High School students are behind the petition. “We want to spend the day with our family. We want to enjoy ourselves and we don’t want to have any stress or pressure to make up the work,” says senior Shaheer Jawad.
The students point out that many schools are already closed for Christian and Jewish holidays. They say that Mount Olive is changing demographically – with 30,000 Muslim residents.
The petition even caught the attention of Mayor Rob Greenbaum, who saw it as a positive thing and posted the petition on Facebook. But Greenbaum says that the comments on his Facebook post quickly turned negative due to anti-Muslim sentiments and he took the post down.
“When I took it down I started getting attacked from the other side for having taken down the post,” he says, adding that the animosity from both sides stems from national politics in the United States.
But the students say that they won’t let negative comments deter them from their goal. “I saw some hateful comments that were towards the Muslim community,” says sophomore Hashem Akhtar.
Take a look at how Muslims around the world celebrate Eid where the main focus is on animal sacrifice, which in other words means torturing animals to death.