49 of the 63 members of New York’s State Senate joined Governor Andrew Cuomo in a bipartisan capitulation to Islam by proclaiming February 1, 2017 Hijab Day in the State of New York.
The resolution, passed overwhelmingly by good dhimmi, appears to be the only one of its kind in the state.
New York State Senate resolution J370 reads in part,
“WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim February 1, 2017, as Hijab Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance of World Hijab Day; and WHEREAS, The Hijab, a traditional veil which covers a woman's hair and chest, has been very important to the history of Islam; it is meant to promote dignity and respect for women while maintaining modesty, and ensuring proper behavior...”
A search of the word “hijab” on the NY State Senate’s website immediately returns a link to the resolution.
While there is no solid research on the population of Muslims in New York statewide, a Pew Research study of religion in New York City tells us that Muslims account for only 3 percent of NYC’s nearly nine million residents, while Christians of all denominations account for 59 percent and Jews 8 percent.
Politicians in New York have made it clear which religious symbols are worthy of official recognition. Those of Christianity and Judaism, the overwhelming majority religions in the state, apparently did not make the cut.
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo described the state as a ‘progressive bellwether for the nation’ at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. A champion of the civil rights of minorities, women, and the LGBT community, one has to ask why he and others would adopt an official resolution honoring a religion with powerful extremists that persecute every one of those groups.
I placed calls to both Governor Cuomo’s and the NY State Senate’s public information offices asking for clarity on why only Islam was honored, and am still waiting for a reply a full day later.
If I receive a response, I will update this story.