Comments on whether New York schools should close for some Muslim holidays, as a recent Belief Blog guest poster argued, are coming from Muslims who don't want their kids to miss class, from Christians who don't want the state to sanction Islamic traditions and from strict church/state separationists who want government to stop observing all religious holidays.
Here's a somewhat representative sampling.
From a Muslim:
In response to the question: YES! Let the Muslims have Eid off. It doesn't have to be the full amount of days for both Eids but it is frustrating year after year when my children and my husband have to miss or be late to work and school to attend prayer only to rush back to the daily grind. Christians and Jews get to "take a break" on some of their holidays, it would be really nice if for a change if we could, too.
From a strict church/state separationist:
Insofar as I am concerned, all the holidays of religious nature (read: Easter, Christmas, Passover, etc.) should be removed from the "official" US Government calendar. That said, those persons who wish to celebrate those holidays should be allotted a certain number of holidays annually to celebrate as they feel appropriate. If you want to celebrate Kwanza, go ahead. If you want to celebrate Arbor day, feel free. Think your birthday or anniversary outweighs President's Day, you should have the right to take that day instead. Just allot a specific number of "personal" holidays for all federal employee (and private industry) work schedules. Religion is a very personal conviction – the government has no business selecting what is "appropriate" to celebrate.
From someone who sees the U.S. as a Christian nation:
The Jews can celebrate any holidays they want in Israel. The Muslims can do the same in Saudi Arabia. The US was founded on Christian principles, so we celebrate Christian Holidays. Too bad for the rest.... go to another country if you don't like the traditions this country has.