Vermont Schools to Celebrate Islamic Feast

The Burlington, Vermont School District does not give students a day off to commemorate the September 11 attacks, but on Friday, September 10, 2010 Burlington schools will close early for the weekend to celebrate an Islamic Feast.

Chaired by once-disbarred lawyer and admitted embezzler Fredrick Lane, the Burlington School Board on March 9 voted 8-1 to add Eid al-Fitr and Yom Kippur to the school calendar starting this Fall.

School officials claim it is all about maximizing attendance.  The Burlington Free Press reports:

School Superintendent Jeanne Collins said Burlington High School Principal Amy Mellencamp told her and School Board members that about 75 of the high school’s roughly 1,100 students were absent on Eid last year. About 50 students are absent on a typical day, she said….

But, in 2009, Eid al-Fitr was on a weekend–running from sunset on Saturday, September 19 through sunset Sunday, September 20.  In 2008, most of Eid al-Fitr fell on Tuesday, September 30–the same day as Rosh Hashanah.  According to the Burlington daily,

(Board Chair Fred) Lane said the Burlington school system has long had a sizable Jewish population and now has an increasing number of Muslims. Jewish and Muslim students often take days off on their respective holidays. If the schools close the on those holidays, some of the attendance problems go away, Lane said.

Of course the “progressives” never saw fit to honor a Jewish holiday until it was needed as a smokescreen for the Islamic holiday.  Neither of the last two years attendance figures could give any actual reflection of any possible Muslim students skipping school.  The ability to slip by with lame excuses like “attendance” is a key motivation to incubate such counter-cultural Gramscian initiatives in “progressive” colonies where they are likely to go unquestioned before being cloned to deploy against the rest of the US and the world.

In recent months, Islamists and their “progressive” appeasers have been working overtime to add Islamic holidays to the calendar in other liberal jurisdictions.

In Hawaii, the State Legislature last year voted to celebrate Islam Day on September 24, 2009–a day which signifies nothing in the Islamic calendar, but just so happens to coincide with September 11 in the old Julian calendar favored by the Eastern Orthodox Christians conquered by Islam.

In New York City, a coalition of community organizers, unions and Muslims won a non-binding City Council vote to celebrate Eid a-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

Because Burlington schools have a long summer vacation, and Islam uses a lunar calendar, the Eid al-Fitr Islamic Feast day will not actually appear on the school calendar again for eight or nine years — until either June 15, 2018 or June 4, 2019.  So Burlington “progressives” were running against the clock.  If they had not acted this year, they would have lost their chance to use Eid al-Fitr in an effort to further the break down America’s formerly dominant cultural paradigm.  Yom Kippur falls on Saturdays in 2010 and 2011.

The culture war has been an interest of Lane’s since at least 2000.  He has been a sporadic DailyKos diarist since 2005.  In 2006, he authored, “The Decency Wars: The Campaign to Cleanse American Culture.”  In 2008 Lane published “The Court and the Cross: The Religious Right’s Crusade to Reshape the Supreme Court.”  He promotes himself as a nationwide speaker on his own website.

In his biography, Lane proudly lists his engagements:

On August 23, 2006, I had the honor of appearing on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to discuss The Decency Wars. I have also appeared as a guest on a variety of other national television programs, including ABC’s “Good Morning America Weekend,” NBC’s “Weekend Today,” ABC’s “Nightline,” CBS’s “60 Minutes,” and assorted BBC documentaries. In addition to those televised appearances, I have been interviewed by numerous radio shows, magazines, and newspapers around the world on topics relating to my books.

Over the last fifteen years, I have frequently been invited to lecture before college, university, and professional audiences to lecture on Internet technology, workplace and personal privacy, computer forensics, and censorship issues.

With Lane having done so much to smash the dominant paradigm, on April 18, 2008 the Vermont Professional Responsibility Board found him to have been “rehabilitated”, and recommended readmission to the Bar.   As evidence of rehabilitation, the report explains: “Amy Werbel, his domestic partner, testified at some length about his success in putting his personal life back together.  He is now divorced, as is Werbel.”

Regarding “…the risk to client money if Lane should resume law office practice”,  the 2008 report states:

“(Lane) acknowledged to the Panel that this might be a concern, but he had no present intention of returning to practice, and if he did so, it would not be as a solo practitioner, but rather in association with other lawyers.  While this is no guarantee, it is additional assurance to the Panel that client monies would not be at risk.”

For “progressive” culture manipulators, the clock is ticking on two other Islamic holidays.  Eid al-Adha will fall on September 11 in the year 2016.  Islamic New Year–1 Muharram–will fall on September 11, 2018.  After that it will be decades before the next opportunity.  For this reason,   Gramscian strategy dictates that some “progressives” will become eager to celebrate these holidays over the next six to eight years with interest peaking in early 2016 and early 2018, respectively.

Date symbolism is not just a “progressive” fetish.  It is very important to al-Qaeda as well.

September 11, 2001 marked the 318th anniversary of the defeat of the Turkish Ottoman army as it laid siege to Vienna September 11 and 12, 1683.  After 1,059 years of Islamic conquest of the Persian Sassanids and then the Byzantine Romans, Christian victory at Vienna marked the beginning of an Islamic decline which would continue unabated until Christian Europe had colonized nearly all Islamic countries.  The climax came at the end of World War One with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the abolition of the final Islamic Caliphate by Turkish secularist rebels led by Kemal Ataturk.

The Muslim Brotherhood, the world’s key Islamist movement, was founded in 1928 to re-create this lost Caliphate.  Muslim Brotherhood agents lead most US Islamist organizationsAyman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood operative, became the number two person in al-Qaeda after leading his Egyptian Islamic jihad group to merge with Osama bin-Laden’s “base” in 1998.

By attacking the “New Rome” on September 11, al-Qaeda makes the claim that Allah intends for Muslims to re-ignite the old wars of Islamic conquest.

Oh, and Fred Lane?  What was he doing around the time of September 11, 2001?  According to his 2002 disbarment report, Lane had been Treasurer of the Chittenden County, Vermont Democratic Party.  The report explains:

“Without having permission to do so, the Respondent wrote checks to cash and used the money for personal reasons.  Between July of 2001 and March of 2002, the Respondent removed between $1,500 and $2,000 from the Party’s account and used it for personal expenses.

“As a result of the fact that the Respondent was using the Party’s money for personal reasons, the account was often overdrawn.  The bank charged a daily fee to the overdrawn account.  The fee eventually rose to slightly more than $300.”

In resigning from the Vermont Bar, Lane in 2002 agreed that “The material facts upon which these allegations are based are true.”

At the time, Lane has just published his first book, “Obscene Profits: The Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age.”  His removal from the Bar came shortly after he was elected to the Burlington School Board.

In Lane’s last post on DailyKos, he complains that:

“Senator John McCain employed the services of former ‘American Idol’ make-up artist Tifanie White to get the Senator camera-ready at televised events earlier this year.

“The cost? According to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, $5,583.43 during the last reporting period. That certainly blows away the $400 that John Edwards spent on his notorious haircut.”

According to the signature line on the post, Lane is beginning work on a new book, titled “People in Glass Houses….”

  • William Smart

    Dividing the school year up in this way is hugely divisive, and the US is in big trouble if it allows it to go on.

  • Canuckman

    I am from Canada and I say that Americans should go to Vermont and see for yourselves how weird yet beautiful that state is. I go there often for the scenic beauty. This is the state that votes like pavlovian dogs for Leahy and Sanders; 2 shameless anti Americans ( ie anti the wealthy Americans and pro the poor Americans) but very well paid – $172,000 a year!!!. My issue is the young people: they look and dress like the children of the 60's; very unkept, very scrunge with beards and sandals and very gay ( maybe like kids in Seattle). It was not always like this. Things have changed thanks to a diet of progressives in the education system to mess with their minds thanks to Ben & Jerry and Bernie and the multiculturalism from so many ex'Brooklynites. G_d Bless the USA

  • Marty

    Vermonters are becoming the most recent victims of political correctness and th desire to appeasee islamic genocidal sociopaths. Pity. Perhaps muslims are attempting to destroy the United States one state at a time. A new and perhaps permanent dark age is descending.

  • Raymond in DC

    I grew up in a suburb of Miami in the 1950s and 1960s, going to public schools that were typically 1/3 or more Jewish. Yes, on Yom Kippur and the first days of Rosh Hashana and Passover attendance was unusually sparse – teachers, as well as students. The most they did was schedule tests around those days. Jews, at least in practice, were acknowledging the old principle of "dina d'malkhuta dina" – the law of the land is the law.

    But Islam acknowledges no such principle. Secular, man-made law has no inherent sanctity or legitimacy. The law thus must bend to accommodate the higher sanctity of Islamic law and practice. Sadly, in the name of "respect" and multi-culturalism, Vermont is playing into the Islamic trope.

    • Rhonda

      All Muslims who refuse to live according to the laws of free nations need to go back to their sharia law-abiding countries. If we give to the Muslims, then they must also give. If not then we should be refusing their immigration. To every Muslim who has immigrated here, or whose parents have immigrated here, we don't want you if you cannot abide by our free Democratic laws. If you do not like the laws that we created back in 1776, then by all means please return to your Sharia law-abiding country. And on a side note, I am descended from at least three great grandfathers who fought in the Revolutionary War. What have recent Muslim immigrants done for this nation besides create hatred and suck our social benefits dry?

    • The ED

      great post – all I had on mind and well written -same problem here in Europe ( where I took residence many years ago ) radical islamist simply don't accept law and order , neither their first and musch less the newest generations . We do have the same "multi-culturalism" and "tolerance" blabber from leftist politicians but they can't make islamists follow that , too.

  • USMCSniper

    Wait until they enforce observance of gay pride day!

  • DOn

    i went to public school so thats why my mistake on the placement of my kids in private, not public schools!

  • JosephWiess

    That's right, you liberal lapdogs, celebrate the holidays of people who blew up the USS Cole and the Twin Towers, but in no way ever dare celebrate easter or Christmas.

    You deserve what you freakin' get, you traitors. Stop bowing down to these stupid illiterate desert born scum and get a damned backbone. Tell them that this is a Christian country and we won't ever bow down to Sharia Law. We'll die to the last armed man first.

    • Joseph

      So when you celebrate Yom Kipur you celebrate the holiday of "people"who blew up the USS Liberty?Where did you unbelievable morons go to school?

      • Rhonda

        The people who blew up the USS Liberty were not Jewish, they were Arab. And the only people who celebrate Yom Kipur are Jewish! Arabs are descendants of Abraham's illegitimate son, Ishmael, who was born of his wife's maid Hagar. Jews, who are all descendants of Abraham's legitimate son, Isaac, are the true and legitimate heirs of Canaan.

    • Joseph

      Then Jesus was,according to your estimation,desert born scum?You are a fucking retard.

      • A Bit Profound

        He was talking about desert Muslims — Not Christ. U simpleton

    • A Bit Profound

      Right On JOE

  • flyingtiger

    September 11th is also the day that Austians, led by Prince Eugene of Savoy, defeat the Turks at Zenta in 1999. The turks were twice the size of the Austrian and entrenched. In four hours they were routed. This victory forced the turks to give up lots of land, and freed many people..

    • Joseph

      in 1999?????

      • fatih

        I guess referring to siege of Vienne. Turks were betrayed by the Crimean Lord and eventually couldn't conquer Vienne. and couldn't bring some civilisation to the medieval austria

  • theunknownamerican

    Where is the ACLU and decrying separation of church and state? Wait…that is only for christian holidays…nevermind….

  • MmM

    Forewarned is forearmed….

    September 11 is now STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN for ISLAMIC TERRORISM DAY in the United States

    ….and let's not allow anyone to recast it as LET'S CELEBRATE ISLAM DAY.

  • "gunner"

    @ flyingtiger,
    polite correction: that date was 1697, see:

  • Kathleen

    Makes you wonder how much this displaced and disgraced attorney, Lane, was paid by the Muslims.

    It also makes you realize how we must carefully vet any and every elected/appointed person to ensure that these types of anti-Americans are never in a position to enact such legislation.

  • DOn

    One more reason I have gotten my kids out of the prison and indoctrination centers of the left and placed them in public schools. sarcastically, maybe we should celebrate Nazi deathcamp week, JoE Stalin mass starvation/purge/unlawful imprisonment day, or Pol Pot re-education month! just for diversity's sake.

  • Gerad

    Liberals must be eliminated

    • Joseph

      Gerad,do you like yourself when you sound like a dirty Nazi?

      • cjk

        You sound a lot more like a Nazi than anyone else here chump.

  • Ganymede

    The Muslims are coming…the Muslims are coming! We better bomb them first before they get us and we should refuse to buy their oil. Hey, that great American who you all voted for did bomb them and he sucked up to these wonderful Saudis who trained and nurtured most of the bombers. I'm always amazed at the ignorance of the so-called patriots who inhabit this website.

    • cjk

      We buy their oil a-hole because leftist idiots like you pass laws disallowing us to drill here.

  • Linda Rivera


    Some people did not vote for Bush or anyone during those years.

  • Edip Yuksel

    This is to warmongers who wish to turn the USA to a Zionist land:

    You are a bunch of cowards hoping to bomb and massacre all Muslims.. To commit another genocide. You are no different than Hitler's bloodthirsty fascists. You are no different than the Taliban or Al-Qaida militants. You might talk in a different language, groom differently, but you use the same propaganda, the same paranoia, the same arrogance, the same evil appetite for blood…

    But, you will not succeed this time. By God's will. The world is witnessing a different story than you wish them to swallow. They know who is the biggest bloody terrorist in the Middle East and the biggest terrorist and bully in the world. They know who produces the world's war machines. They know who is invading and grabbing other's lands. They know who is the bully crying victim.

    Your lies or delusions will only bring you misery and regret.

    • BS1977

      Take your meds….and by the way, also take a long walk on a short pier you raving lunatic.

    • cjk

      You must be a worshiper of the terrorizing, pedophile, profit.

    • Namaste

      Here's the difference.
      Group A – wants to kill everyone that does not believe they way Group A says they should.
      Group B – Understands that Group A wants to kill them & everybody else so Group B arms themselves & kills in a defensive strike to insure that the ppl who complain about Group B have the right to do so. –

      • Rhonda

        Good reply. Every nation that surrounds Israel wants to annihilate them. Israel responds when it gets attacked. They MUST defend themselves against Arab hatred. If they don't there will be another genocide. Arabs indoctrinate their little children with hatred against Jews before they even know what Jews are. The neighborhoods that they are constructing in are NOT Arab neighborhoods, they are historically JEWISH neighborhoods, never even having Arab people living in them. Therefore it is OK for them to construct in these neighborhoods.

  • BS1977

    PC Liberalism is a mental disorder…..Liberals are destroying Vermont and the nation also. An Islamic celebration in old Vermont? It;s the New York liberals who moved up there to "fix" everything.

  • Richard W.

    I'm a long-time Vermonter, though not born in Vermont. I'm damn sick and tired of all the left-wing bleeding-heart liberals who want to coddle the muslims. I know that not all muslims are evil, but still, I think it's best to kill them all and let God sort them out. Just my opinion.

  • A Bit Profound

    Crazy degenerate demented bastards think they will win the Muslims over with their goodness, kindness & placating. But the Muslims see it for what it is — Weakness & Stupidity. It just emboldens them & confirms what the Qu'ran says, that they need to be subjigaded or killed

  • expat88

    We are slowly and incrementally becoming a nation of dhimmys by giving into these absurd PC practices. Just look to Eurabia. It is already lost.

  • Susan

    Now here is a man not afraid to admit he has took the mark. May his rear end that sits on his shoulders for a head get the plagues tan fold.

  • Susan

    Now here is a man not afraid to admit he has took the mark. May his rear end that sits on his shoulders for a head get the plagues TEN fold. error corrected.

  • dick

    I am going to need all Thursdays off from now on.
    That is Thor's day and I am Asatru.
    Thanks for understanding.