On the week of 9/11.
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.
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 Amazon.com 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 organizations. Ayman 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...."