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Obama Will Not Give Muslims Federal Holiday

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/14/15

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President Obama supports the right of Muslim Americans to celebrate religious holidays, the White House said Friday. He just can’t give them the day off. Responding to a petition on the White House’s “We the People” site, the White House declined to declare federal holidays for the Muslim holy days of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr. That’s because Congress has only designated 10 federal holidays each year: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. “Proposals for new permanent federal holidays are typically the province of Congress,” the White House said. The White House was prompted to respond to the petition after it received more than 100,000 signatures over 30 days.

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