Petition to White House Calls on Public Schools to Recognize Muslim Holidays

Dan Joseph
By Dan Joseph | January 14, 2014 | 3:24 PM EST

A petition on White is calling for President Obama to support an effort to encourage public schools to recognize Muslim holidays on their official school calendars.

The petition was put on the "We the People" site last month by a group of Muslim students from Virginia and has garnered about 28 thousand signatures so far.

"With the growing population of Muslims in he 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," reads the petition text.

"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."

Efforts to have American public schools recognize Muslim holidays have garnered support from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

"I think there's been a push nationwide for the recognition of Muslim holidays in school systems," said CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper in an interview with the Christian Post.

"Primarily in school systems where there's a large number of Muslim Students."

A petition on "We the People" must acquire 100,000 signatures within a month in order to get an official response form the White House.

As of this writing, the petition would need over 71 thousand additional signatures by this Thursday in order to qualify.