July 19, 2010, - 3:14 pm

Celebrate “Muslim Family Day” @ Six Flags on . . . September 12th?!

By Debbie Schlussel

So, it’s the middle of the summer, and your family and kids need something to do.  You decide to take them to an amusement park.  Best to avoid Six Flags . . . unless you’re Muslim.  If you are, the red carpet is rolled out on the most interesting of dates, September 12th.  I’m sure that this is the day after 9/11 is just coincidence, right?

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They’ve had Muslim day at other Six Flags parks before (and I’ve written about it–employees were told not to wear shorts, “out of respect” for Islam). And that’s objectionable enough. But the date is just rubbing our faces in it. Check out the Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor, Chicago events calendar, above (thanks to Pat Campbell of KFAQ and Joe Scialfa of WTMJ for the tip).  They do have “Catholic Family Day,” too, not just “Muslim Family Day.”  But the whole thing is ridiculous, especially the day for Muslim Family Day.  I have a few questions:

1)  Why the heck does any amusement park have special days based on religion?

2)  Will they have Hari Krishna Family Day?  Wiccan Family Coven Day?  Jonestown, Guyana Survivor Family Day?  Why Not?  Why are they discriminating against these religions, yet honoring Muslim families?  Do they have to murder 3,000 Americans using planes and try it again using underwear, in order to get recognition?

3)  How will they enforce discounts or whatever they’re giving or doing for the Muslim Family Day?  What if I go to Six Flags and claim I’m Muslim?  Will they make me recite suras from the koran to prove it?  Or show them how to convert a cellphone into an IED?

4)  Who picked the 9/12 date for Muslim Family Day and why?  Is it to show us that the day after the date of the attacks they are not only still here but growing in population and pandered to by places like Six Flags?

5)  Why can’t they combine Muslim Family Day with the event after it, since they seem kind of redundant?  Yes, I’m “SNICKERing.”

Hmmm . . . maybe they should change the name from Six Flags to Hamza ["Five," in Arabic] Flags, since hamza/five is a good luck number in Islam.

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176 Responses

Perhaps the best way to protest crap like this is for all other groups boycott all the Six Flags parks starting immediately. Always hit ‘em where it hurts…right in the pocketbook. Maybe al Qaeda can support them all the rest of the days of the year too!

Dave B on July 21, 2010 at 12:33 am

Get a life.. It’s only one day out the year and a day you probably weren’t going to the park anyway. Every place has a “day” for someone or some group somewhere.

Jennifer Rogers on July 21, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Show me ONE park that observes CHRISTIAN DAY. Just one park. Any park. ISLAM is a religion, a political movement, AND a military movement.

    Catholicism is a denomination.

    Christianity is a religion.

    Show me ONE secular amusement park that celebrates Christian Day. I’m waiting…

    Fred on July 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    You get a life so many americans died. Are you american or what? If we went to the Muslim countries this would not be tolerated. We get stepped on continuously and do not about it… While our soldires that are fighting may get blown up or beheaded and I guess that is ok because that is there custom. Americans we need to wake up and stop tolerating muslims getting what they want here…..

    cuca on July 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Jennifer – I have a life, currently it is serving in Afghanistan fighting those filthy creatures that are just “getting a day”.

    I am moderate to liberal in most things but not this. Islam is an abomination of hatred and violence. There is no such thing as a good or a moderate Muslim, there are only those who tithe to pay for those who kill indiscriminately so that blood isn’t directly on their hands. Every Muslim is a terrorist, it is demanded by the Qu’uran.

    Do not kid yourself that “American Islam” is any less of a threat than Islam anywhere else in the world. If the American Imams told their mosque to take up arms, arms would be taken up and you would die along with all of the other infidels.

    Islam makes NAZI Germany look inclusive.

    Will on July 30, 2010 at 7:04 am

      Didn’t people come to the Unted States for religious freedom? People, have no objections to the thousand and one ways Christmas is celebrated and displayed in every way possible. I’m pretty sure you guys have forgotten the Crusades and that thousands died in the name of Christianity. Oh and what about the witch trials how many alleged witched died. Yes these are age old examples, but each religion has its amount of bloodshed. Don’t hold up Christianity on a pedestal and think that it’s the divine religion. These are American Muslims, meaning they follow the law, they are no different than anyone else. Stop grouping people by religion, just because you are muslim does not mean you were gentically encoded to be a terrorist. Do you guys know what terrorism means, it’s an act of terror on a society, it’s an action, literally you have to do something that disrupts public affairs through violence. Seriously you guys just throw the word around, like it’s a description of a person who practices a religion.

      Stephanie on August 15, 2010 at 10:42 pm

      Umm……u dudes who r saying that u read the Quran & the religion is all about violence and fighting and whatever,you’re idiots.
      What’s wrong with u?? & whatever happened to freedom of religion????
      Islam is all about peace!! & just because some ppl think that some Muslims destroyed the twin towers does NOT mean all muslims are evil.
      What about the christains who fight & steal,or gangsters or whatever?? We don’t use that to define u because of some ppl doing it. Cuz everyone is DIFFERENT! There are like 1 billion muslims in the world. Do u think they’re all terrorists?? We all have different points of views, & different ideas. But most Muslims follow peace,k?? So mrs.Debbie sch-whatever,get a life. K,bye :). EID MUBARAK TO ALL MUSLIMS. :)

      Islam = peace on September 5, 2010 at 10:55 pm

      Will- Let’s get one thing straight. I am an american and I’m also a muslim. I read the quaran and not once has it included or said that every muslim must become a terrorist. I am still looking for that passage. ;) For your information, Islam is the religion of peace! I only wish that people would know what they are talking about, before they attack.

      -Halla, Age 13

      A "Moderate" Muslim ;) on July 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      Will- I am absolutely famished by what you have said. I am an American and a Muslim, and I read the Quaran, and I am still looking for the passage where it demands that every Muslim needs to become a terrorist! ;) For your information, Islam is the religion of PEACE! And, it is quite surprising, no AMAZING how people that haven’t read the Quaran, and don’t know anything basically, keep on talking. Because once they do, you wouldn’t believe how they quickly convert. Islam is really a BEAUTIFUL religion.

      -Halla Haobsh, Age 13

      A "Moderate" Muslim ;) on July 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    the point is it’s usually not a particular religious group and it’s not a group who has declared war on America. where is the ACLU on this event i see discrimination written all over this. I guess it’s easy to forget when you truly are not a patriot. you know they did this to themselves thinking they are above all other races and religions. but go all you Muslim fanatics it’s only being done for publicity. and to the employees of Great America, Wear shorts make it an “in your face day” like they insist on doing to us. nice choice great america on the day. where’s your love for your country?

    americanmade on September 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Debbie, you’re worried about one day at a BUSINESS, when all they care about is the bottom line? Even with the date of the event being crass, insensitive and totally disrespectful, to put it mildly, Six Flags is not important.

I just found this and I’d be more concerned about copies springing up outside Lebanon.

http://online.wsj.com/video/hezbollah-opens-first-museum-in-lebanon/72CECF45-F82D-485D-837E-BAC9B299EC0D.html

mk750 on July 21, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Of course Six Flags is doing this for the money! That’s not the point. The point is that wherever we look, Islam is pushing its agenda.

    If they aren’t screaming for a mosque at Ground Zero, they are pushing to have special recognition here, there or everywhere.

    While Six Flags is not important, it is just another small toward Sharia Law and dhimmitude. The park employees must not show their legs out of respect for Muslims.

    Do Muslims shower in the dark? The idea that a religion founded on violence and jihad (by Muhammad) should be given the type of respect it is being given is unconscionable.

    Have you actually READ the Qur’an? If not, I suggest you do. Islam is only a religion of peace because it will not stop until it has control of everything through Sharia Law. THAT is what they mean by wanting peace.

    You like birkas? Keep turning a blind eye to Islam and one day you’ll wake up being told that you MUST submit to Islam’s Sharia Law, which will include wearing a birka. If people would just take the time to find out for themselves what Islam is all about, they might not have this “live and let live” mentality. This is a mentality that Islam itself does not have.

    Islam is counting on our ignorance and there appears to be plenty of it in America.

    Fred on July 21, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      No, Fred, I don’t like burkhas. That’s why I live in Israel about 12 miles from the nearest Hezbollah rocket launcher. I don’t need to read the Qu’uran. I live with its adherents every day. Did you even open my link and see the threat I live under? Yet you worry about some amusement park that you don’t even have to go to if you don’t want. When you live with a real threat, then you can criticize me. Right now you all have the chance to stop this threat to yourselves but you need to pick your battles better.
      Hezbollah land is marketing “JIHAD TOURISM.” What will you do when they announce plans to make Hezbollah Land, USA complete with scale models of the WTC and pieces of crashed 747’s. That’s the equivalent of Hezbollah Land, Lebanon, with it’s destroyed Israeli tanks.

      mk750 on July 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm

        Can you tell how many palestinins (christian & muslim) you guys kill, torture, humiliate every day?

        How many of them lose their land and homes to you every day?

        Stop fooling people.

        Killing innocent people is bad. It is equally bad if a palestinian kills israeli or an israeli kills palestinian or anyone kills anyone

        talha on September 9, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Re: mk750 on July 21, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Hi mk750,

    Debbie had already talked about this in a previous article.

    http://tinyurl.com/28j9plw

    JeffE on July 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm

      Sorry,

      I referred to the correct post, but I clicked “reply” to the wrong post.

      JeffE on July 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm

        JeffE, I posted my link before Debbie was even awake the other day. I’m 7 time zones ahead of her. It just got in the queue at this point somehow. So what are you replying to?

        mk750 on July 22, 2010 at 9:42 am

1. Ramadan ends on Sept. 9th this year. The end of Ramadan (a month of fasting) generally involves festivities. A day at a theme park sounds like a lovely way to finish things off. The weekend of Sept 11-12 is the first weekend after Eid (the end of Ramadan).

2. Only the Chicago Six Flags is having this event on the 12th. It looks like other Six Flags locations are having it on other days.

3. It is hosted at Six Flags, but it is organized by the ICNA. Their website about it: http://www.muslimfamilyday.com/ If you want to get together a bunch of 7th Day Adventists, I’m sure there could be a 7th Day Adventist Family Day.

4. Around 9/11 seems like a good time for people to be reminded that Muslims are not boogy men. They are just regular people with families.

5. If I were Muslim, I would appreciate a day like this, since there will be special stalls with halal food (you are familiar with kosher food, I assume? Halal is like the Islamic form of kosher)

6. The tickets are not sold at a discount at the store. You can get them at a discount online before the event. Six Flags, like many places, offers group discounts. This is an example of group discount. Tickets: http://www.muslimfamilyday.com/tickets.shtml

7. That being said, I’m an atheist. Having special stalls set up selling things is cool. But I wouldn’t really want to pay to get into a park and see tables with informational pamphlets about religion, be it Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Buddhism, Wicca, or whatever.

Christine on July 21, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Ah, another blind person. Christine, Muslims that are NOT violent (like their jihadist counterparts) are absolutely no threat to this country. At the same time, they are no deterrent to anything either. They simply step aside or remain in the shadows when it comes to jihadists.

    Islam is not a religion of peace, as much as Muslims would like us to believe. PLEASE read the Qur’an! They are encouraged to KILL infidels (non-Muslims) and they are encouraged to enter into covenants with non-Muslims that they can break at any point afterwards.

    Islam is based on violence and deceit. The jihadists within Islam may SEEM like a minority. However, when they fly planes into three buildings and end up SACRIFICING 3,000 people to ALLAH, they are no longer the minority, especially when the “peaceful” Muslims do or say nothing to oppose their violent jihadist counterparts.

    The people in this country will NEVER wake up until it is way too late.

    Keep doing what you do, Debbie. If only ONE person hears you and does their own research into the actual evils of Islam, you will have succeeded.

    Fred on July 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm

      dear fred and Will and debbie,
      ur dumbest ppl in world srry but true ur most islamphobia ever met ignorance,selfish,arogant,and hippocryptict u probably never opened real quran cause reading wrong freakin thing quran telling muslim how to live right way stupid oo yeah god hates when kill ppl so those who do r going hell i mean look at coutry living in u guys kill millions and millions ppl everyday!!! omg subhanallah we fight for god for our protection k never right about us so freakin smell coffee look were u living in america were there army thingy ppl who say we are fighting for coutry oo whatever coutry of yours ugh u ppl on my nerve alahamdillah live american were there some good ppl unlike u …..

      lina on September 11, 2010 at 4:02 pm

      Please just STOP! I am actually a Muslim and READ the Quaran. And, what makes me really mad, is when people don’t know what they are talking about, and they just keep attcking.

      A "Moderate" Muslim ;) on July 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    YOU ARE SO WRONG! I was at the six flags in Arlington Texas today with my family and another…it was Muslim DAY!!! How disrespectful to all of the families and friends of those have died at the hands of terrorists in the last few years, innocently or defending your right to be an idiot! We complained to several managers at Fast Pass and then guest relations. We were told over and over again how they are allowed to but a ticket….etc. Why is it that Pearl Harbor day was so long agao, but an attack on American soil and when i google it, no Japanese Day at Six Flags the day after??? The bottom line is this was disrespectful, they have many other days this event can be hosted not around 9-11. Six Flags Over Texas and any other state, should be ashamed!

    american and proud! on September 12, 2010 at 8:06 pm

As much as I love Six Flags, and even have a logo tattooed on me, this disappoints me. I would suggest to completely eliminate any special day for religions and make everyday at Six Flags “every religion day!” That would resolve this issue!

Quazi on July 21, 2010 at 10:45 am

Six flags is off our list for good! We don’t need them!

Penelope Tsaldari on July 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

And of course we should all be equally upset about the Catholic Family Day at Six Flags, booked for 8/28…at least until they get all those pedophile priests dealt with to our satisfaction (i.e., by public dismemberment). And if I’m not Catholic, I can’t get in? I wonder what the secret password will be…probably something from “The Da Vinci Code.”

And OMG! I just noticed “Home School Day!” What an incredibly insensitive slap in the face to those of us who send our kids to public, parochial, and private schools! We can’t take them to Six Flags on August 27? That’s clearly discrimination and staring us in the face…not to mention class warfare!

When did it become okay for corporate entities to behave as if they had a right to pick and choose who their customers would be from one day to the next and to exclude white protestants – the very people who founded this Great Nation – from their amusement parks on any given day? I know Rand Paul says that private businesses ought to be able to decide who’s worthy of their products and services without government interference, but when you exclude US, that’s taking it too far!!!

We’ve got to figure out a way to mobilize ourselves against Six Flags and other such forces of evil who would divide our country into little slivers of religion and ethnicity. A National Boycott would be the best approach…let’s stay away from all Six Flags parks until their Board and CEO agree to never host a group again when that would involve excluding anyone else! Maybe we’ll attain the ultimate success and drive them and their parent company into bankruptcy (again) by showing them they can’t trample on the God-given and Constitutional rights of the “little guy” like this!

Then we’ll take on the country clubs!

the mugster on July 21, 2010 at 11:59 am

    If you actually took the time to read Debbie’s original post, she asks THIS important question:

    “1) Why the heck does any amusement park have special days based on religion?”

    It’s a good question. NO public amusement park needs to take the time to recognize ANY particular group. It’s ridiculous and simply causes the already existing chasms between people groups to WIDEN.

    Fred on July 21, 2010 at 1:34 pm

      this is NOT a public park, it is a private business and they say on their website that they offer group rates and can accommodate all kinds of groups. They are there to make money

      talha on September 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      I went to your main page and that explains everything. Your loyalty is misplaced. Obama is not your president but bibi is your prime minister.

      Go to israel.

      talha on September 9, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    The issue isn’t that they are having a day for muslim families its the date pay attention before bringing up things so far from the issue. Your thoughts can be discussed when they are relevant.

    Courtnie on July 24, 2010 at 6:33 am

Great post – thanks Debbie! What Six Flags is doing is absolute garbage and I will be sure they will not get one dollar of my money as long as they feel the need to recognize Islam!

Fred on July 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm

This absolutely is the most discraceful slap in the face.How dare you!! Anyone who is for this why don’t you go look these families in the face who lost brothers,fathers, mothers,sisters,grandparents due to there terrorist act.If they choose to choose there religion out of all the rest then please for Gods sake DO NOT DO IT AFTER THE DAY OF THE WORST MOMENT IN MY LIFE.PLEASE PEOPLE OPEN YOUR EYES THIS IS A DISCRACE TO THE UNITED STATES.

james on July 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Gee, you people and your Christian fundamentalism of spreading hate scares the hell out of me. No pun intended.
Do some research. The guy who first organized this event in 2000 was a muslim who was working at the Trade Center, Tower 2, and yes, he died, just like other “Americans”.

I’m so glad Jesus is not around to see the hate and fear his followers spread.

Joy on July 21, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Wow, such ignorance on your part Debbie Schlussel.

Firstly, the reason why “Muslim Family Day” is being held on this specific date (Sept. 12) is because the first day of Ramadan this year is August 11th or 12th (depending on the sighting of the moon) and the final day of Ramadan (Eid Al Fitr) will be around this date. Ramadan of course is the Islamic Holy Month and on Eid (the final day of Ramadan) Muslims get together and have huge celebrations all over the world…The date has nothing to do with celebrating the 9/11 attacks as you suggest. Also the dates of Ramadan change every year, much like Jewish holidays, typically moving up 2 weeks every year.

Also as you’ve pointed out on 8/28 the theme park is having “Catholic Family Day” so it’s not like they are discriminating against any religious group. Asking why they don’t have a “Hare Krishna Family Day” or “Wiccan Family Day” is sort of ridiculous. Islam is the largest religion in the entire world with well over 1 billion followers. Even the Catholic Pope himself has stated that Islam is the largest religion. There’s over 10 million Americans living in the United States who are followers of Islam. When was the last time you seen a Hare Krishna? How many Wiccans do you know?

Also the park isn’t closed off to non-Muslims on this date…just like the park isn’t closed off to non members of the Xtreme Spirit Cheer and Dance Squad the day before.

Adam B. on July 21, 2010 at 5:48 pm

question to Debbie Schlussel

do you know any thing about Ramadan, do you think muslims celebrate in 12 of September because 9/11???

please go spend 10 minute to read about (eid) festival then ask your question again

saud on July 22, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Wow. Count me in as someone who is never going to Six Flags ever again. What a disgrace.

Peter on July 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Peter, this Debbie Schlussel has purposely misguided you as she has misguided many before you with her hateful blogs. The event of Muslim Family Day that might be held on 9/12, was held on 9/22 last year, and might be held on 9/01 next year. If you notice it falls back some 10 days every year. That’s because we mainly follow the Lunar Calender than the Gregorian Calender in religious events; and there are roughly some 10 days difference. This is the truth. So rest assured this event has nothing to do with the cowardice act of 9/11/01. Now, it would be great if you go back and leave an approperiate comment for Debbie Schlussel.

    K.M.J.A. on August 31, 2010 at 11:44 am

Seriously people, read a book. Because Islam runs on the lunar calendar, the holiday after Ramadan (Eid) lands around Sept 10th. Obviously, ICNA wasn’t going to do it on the 11th out of respect they hosted it on the 12th. Do you think Six Flags really cares? Amusement parks all around the country hold these at various times, just because it’s on the day after Sept 11th it means nothing. Are we not supposed to have fun at all even though it’s a religious holiday? I really don’t see that many Americans moping around on the 11th. Think of it this way, just say the twin towers fell around Christmas? Would you stop celebrating Christmas…I don’t think so.

I don’t care if the people who attacked the twin towers were Muslim jihadists (who are crazy and really shouldn’t be linked to Islam), this has nothing to do with AMERICAN muslims trying to celebrate a holiday with their family and friends.

Islam does not teach violence, there is nothing about getting everyone on Earth to bow down to Sharia, or killing anyone who doesn’t. Islam actually teaches to not force your beliefs on others.

America is a secular nation, and I really wish more Americans acted like it. Stop comparing what would happen if you did something like this in a Muslim country…this is why they are a Muslim country, non-secular there is no separation of religion and state.

Good day.

Samina on July 24, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Obviously many people on this page never met a Muslim and think they are all terrorists… how ignorant! Hundreds of Muslims were working in the twin towers on 9/11 and were killed too. American Muslims are devastated by the tragedy. They are loyal, hardworking Americans… stop labeling them as terrorists. That’s bigotry! Muslim Day is 9/12 because it’s when their holiday is. It follows the lunar calender so every year it changes. Next year it’ll be in August so relax… this wasn’t planned to slap anyone in the face and you have nothing to fear. There are millions of American Muslims living in the U.S and 1.5 billion around the world living peacefully… don’t label them by the acts of a few evil criminals. Every religion has nutheads.

Susie on July 25, 2010 at 12:35 am

yes, because ALL muslims are terrorists *deep sarcasm here*

get a life lady
if you’re so offended don’t ever go to six flags again
simple as that

america supposedly stands for freedom of religion doesn’t it?
so what the heck is the problem?

you’re going to tell a bunch of FAMILIES with CHILDREN
that it’s HORRIBLE to celebrate their religion with a little fun? that it’s ok for CATHOLICS to have a day there but not for them?

this article is sickening
maybe you should go to the Frightfest
i’m sure you’ll blend in just fine, and not with the visitors

miki on July 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I believe if in the united states of america they want to hold a Muslim day at an amusement park on the day after Americas live were turned upside down then I hope the bar doesn’t stay latched on the coaster that takes them upside down. I’m a US Marine Brat, Niece, granddaughter, and WIFE and bc of 9/11 and the war that broke out Ive lost numerous friends. Not too mention my family is from NY. I especially hate OBAMA. My husband has been hit by IEDs, has been shot At etc. Over in IrAq trying to help these ignorant ass Muslims to be “normal”. it doesn’t matter if we were going on that day or not they still shouldn’t do thAt in the US. I will never go to a six flags in my life bc of this. Signed~ extremely frustrated

J Thompson on July 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm

September 10th is the end of Ramadan this year.

Eid, the festival that celebrates the end of Ramadan, lasts for three days and is a typically joyous celebration. Families get together, kids get gifts, etc. etc. It’s a shame that it falls during the September 11th attacks, but it’s not their fault that it did, it’s based on the lunar calendar.

Wiki link verifying dates:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eid_ul-Fitr#In_the_Gregorian_calendar

Warren McIntosh on July 29, 2010 at 11:18 am

There is s huge problem with this article. It’s unbelievable dishonesty. I would have no problem with your opinion if you would have told the hole story. But you intentionally left out all the important little bits like why these festivities are being held on Sept 12, or that they hold a mirror of it for Cathlics. You intentionally inflamed your audience through lack of information over to your point of view by leaving out very important facts.

Anything short of the truth is a lie. Intentionally leaving out relevant information on the topic, and doing so as poorly and obvious as you did, is childish at best, and down right hateful at worst.

This article does nothing less than turn you into a liar. By any standard of journalism it dissolves your credibility. No one that reads this particular article should ever trust anything you say again with out thorough research on any topic you feel deserves your thoughts.

Eric McClendon on August 1, 2010 at 7:35 am

…and when I say I would have no problem with your opinion, I mean, you are entitled to it, but you couldn’t be more misguided, nor in my opinion nurturing hate more lovingly.

Eric McClendon on August 1, 2010 at 7:43 am

I have to back pedal on the Catholic statement, but add that one of the men that founded the event was Muslim and died in the attack on 9/11, an important point that doesn’t fit very well with your picture of terrorist Muslims. Again, it’s unfortunate to see an individual that is obviously intelligent, have so little integrity and be such a liar.

Eric McClendon on August 1, 2010 at 8:07 am

well well muslim day…ha! Ha! What a fuckn joke!!! And the employees can’t wear short!!! Ecuse me but last time I checked this is our mother fuckn country with our mother fuckn customs!!! If these so called muslims don’t like the so called infidels then maybe they should biuld a amusment park in their country!!!! Maybe they can have themes like …..uh say… Fly a plane into a biulding simulator…or how to biuld a dirty bomb..the evil empire is pissing on our faces and laughing! People I’m gonna say this… You do not have to be afraid of voicing your opinion. Don’t be afraid of being called a racist. The reason they have these stupid days is to build up your hatred towards any group. Look around our country in every corner of america. Christian and catholic churches are closing their doors. This has been the whole plan from the evil empire. To cause the break down of our religion. They pollute our children with reality tv. Mtv. And other crap. The break down of the american family. Pitting family against family. The evil empire has been doing this for a very very long time.. Thank you for reading I have more to say but I gotta go throw up!!! Oh and debbie you are one hot looking babe!!!

Captain American on August 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm

So…I think u guys should just chill about the whole thing. I mean, it’s not really that big of a deal. Its a just a group of people who want to enjoy a day at Six Flags. You’re blowing it waay out of proportion when you say “I’m never going to Six Flags ever again.” So may I ask, have u been going to Six Flags for the past few years? Because if you have, Muslim Day at Six Flags has been happening for TWO YEARS. So, hello. Old news.
Also, don’t say something if you don’t even know what it is. That is, don’t say that Islam is a bad religion unless you have evidence–hard, concrete evidence–that it is. And one more thing. You see muslims all around you, but for some reason, it’s like your blind. When u see muslims u atomatically think “Terrorist terrorist” but do u actually see them doing anything? No, that’s because you are being ignorant and not actually “seeing” the real truth. Some Americans really need to open their eyes. (And maybe re-read the Declaration of Independence, because i’m pretty sure it says ever person has a right to freedom of religion?)

N.R. on August 6, 2010 at 4:47 pm

knocks question/concern 4 out of the park:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPPxBrtrH1c

Atif C. on August 7, 2010 at 6:30 am

While I haven’t taken the time to read each of these posts, I can only imagine that folks are defending both sides of this non-existent ‘argument.’ First of all, the significance of the date has absolutely NOTHING to do with the attacks of 9/11/01. September 12th is actually an incredibly important holiday for Muslims; Eid. To put it in layman’s terms for those of you who are ignorant as to the tenets of Islam, Eid is sort of like a Muslim Christmas (except it’s not driven by commercialism). The arrival of Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a month-long period in which Muslims fast daily and take time to reflect more deeply on their religion (which is one that preaches peace!). When Ramadan comes to a close, this is a joyous time for Muslims to share together — with their families and friends.

Six Flags actually makes an effort to recognize the importance of this religion, and all people can do is complain? My wife and I are both Muslims, and we’re also both Americans. She was raised Muslim, and I converted from Catholicism a few years back. I shared many of the narrow-minded misconceptions of folks on this forum, and I regret those sentiments. Just tonight, my wife and I realized that Eid this year falls on September 12th, and we (correctly) predicted that ignorant Americans will simply assume that this date was chosen on purpose to spite the American people.

THIS COULD NOT BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.

The date of Eid changes every year. Last year it was in late September, and no one took notice of Muslim Family Day at Six Flags (which did take place, and we attended). Thank God that there are still organizations like Six Flags that make an effort to be inclusive of all peoples, cultures, and beliefs. More Americans can learn a lesson from their open-mindedness.

And Ms. Schlussel: you seem to know a thing or two about Islam (citing suras, the Qu’ran, and the five pillars), but perhaps you should do just a bit more research before speaking out on your soapbox and creating a firestorm.

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim, may Allah forgive you.

Colin on August 15, 2010 at 1:08 am

Please get your facts straight, I seriously don’t get what the big deal is and your ignorance to research the reason why it’s been scheduled on that day highlights your bigotry and racism. The day is part of the celebration that goes on during Eid, the joyous celebration of the month long fasting during Ramadan. It’s not like the date was set as a “slap in the face” on purpose, Eid has been celebrated on different days during the past few years, and no objections have been raised before, and it just so happens according to the lunar calendar IT happens to fall on that day.

As for other comments, Islam does not condone to kill others to convert, it says that you should try to convert people but it is a grave sin to kill another. Remeber just because the people who attacked during 9/11 claimed to be muslims they were extremists who used Islam ideals, that does not mean that all muslims agree with those ideals. Muslims does not equal terrorists, just as being black does not equal robber, gang members, white does not equal wife beaters, being a German means you are a Nazi, and condon the Holocaust. See how stupid and discriminate sterotypes are? Really do your reaearch.

Ashley on August 15, 2010 at 10:33 pm

muslim family day is being hosted on sept. 12 because eid al fitar (the muslim holiday following ramadan) actually falls on sept. 10 or 11 this year and six flags and the I.C.N.A didn’t want to be offensive to the Sept. 11 event and host Muslim family day on the actual day of Eid. there is no conspiracy or big plan or “coincidence” about the muslim holiday falling on that day. The muslim holiday of Ramadan is based on moon cycles, there are 29 or 30 days of Ramadan, depending on the lunar cycle. Ramadan this year started on Wed, Aug 11 for some and Thurs Aug 12 for others. Ramadan is simply the name of the holy month in islam when the quaran was revealed. nothing more. no conspiracies. If you google Ramadan it begins and ends on a different day each year. this year, unfortunately, It happened to fall on a sensitive date. but seriously, you can’t judge an entire race or religious group of people based on the acts of a few. Do people hold predujices against christianity because of timothy mcveigh? he bombed and killed hundreds. what about the bombing in waco? everybody holds all muslims responsible because of a few extremists, if we did that will all religions there would be fights breaking out in the streets and churches getting burned to the ground. so seriously people leave muslims and six flags alone for wanting a special day. Muslims are good people who are just as shocked and ashamed by the actions of those few as we are. so cut them some slack and stop creating conspiracy theories based on a day that thier holiday falls on one time. it probably won’t fall on or near that date again for many many years. do your homework before you decide to bash a religion.

crystal on August 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Everything I needed to know about islam I learned on 9/11/01. Everything said after that is just taqqiya.

RickZ on August 17, 2010 at 12:17 am

I like how you conveniently avoid the fact that there is also a Catholic Family day. What a pile of garbage.

TMF on August 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Debbie,
I briefly read your bio. I see that you are well-educated, and obviously well-informed about Islam. I read that you are even fluent in Arabic. I can be disappointed in other Americans who pass judgment without having any knowledge on the subject, but what you’re doing is more than disappointing; it’s shameful. You are obviously aware that this “Muslim Family Day” is a celebration of Eid. You conveniently leave that out of your rant because your intention is to scare uneducated and ignorant conservatives. You disgust me.
Six Flags and many other amusement parks have days for various cultures. Although I am not Indian, I have attended the “Diwali Mela,” a day celebrating the most important holiday to Hindus. In the month of December, you can attend “Holiday in the Park” at Six Flags to celebrate Christmas. And no, you don’t have to recite the Ramayana to enter the “Diwali Mela,” just like you don’t have to recite Surahs from the Quaran to enter on Muslim Day. You are just as welcome on that day as a Muslim. However, you may gain a bit more from your attendance. Maybe while you sample a kebab or shewarma, you can learn a bit of tolerance.
Debbie, as a lawyer you must do your research and be aware of all the facts. You are trained to cover up the facts that are not in favor of your argument. I am sure you are aware that “Muslim Family Day” began in 2000, and the man who organized this event worked in the WTC on the 96th floor and died on 9/11. I am sure you are also aware that in the years following the 9/11 attacks, Muslims have been afraid to gather publicly on Eid in fear of reactions like this, nine years later.
Because of your extensive education, it is obvious to me that you know better. Your intention is clearly to stir up controversy and create a following, even if your following is a herd of uneducated, ignorant “sheeple.” It is unfortunate that your only means for creating a following is by breeding hatred and bigotry.

Lacy on August 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I think that before you post blogs that you have no knowledge about you should make sure of what your saying so you dont sound like an idiot.

1. Its on September 12th because it falls on eid a celebration which is held after ramadan, which since the begining of time of the religion was on a set date and every year it is 15 days earlier, so unless it was planned by the hijackers that 9 years later eid would fall on september 12th, it is merely a coincidence.
2. You dont have to be muslim to go and no one will ask you to recite anything to get in, its open to the public, having it not open to the public would be discrimination.
3.Staff deffinatly wears shorts and its not a problem.
and
4. The arabic word for five (which by the way is not a holy number it is just a “lucky number” , the holy number is 3) is KHAMSA NOT HAMZA

GET YOUR SHIT STRAIGHT

Sarah on August 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I am just surprised to read the narrow mindedness of all you so called Islam haters. You have problem with few muslims trying to mingle and amuse their families on 9/12? If that is such a big issue and you are all feeling that it is a disrespect to 9/11 victims, then how do u justify the “dance competition” on 9/11 in the same park? Souldnt that be the day that you all be in the state of mourning? How do you justify that event? You all will get together, dance around, drink BUD and engage into hateful nonsense arguments about muslims on 9/11. Is that justified?

Only Human on August 28, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Ms Schlussel,
September 12th is the date this year because of our Eid Holiday. Our religious calendar is lunar based, so our holidays tend to fall about 10 days earlier each calendar year, than the previous year. I don’t know the details about who started this yearly tradition, but my kids sure do enjoy going with their friends. It’s a day when they feel like they belong to the majority instead of a minority. Actually I think they would probably never pass up a day at Six Flags!

Elizabeth Choudhary on August 29, 2010 at 1:07 am

@OnlyHuman
I was just about to post the same comment! Us muslims just wanna have fun at a park. What is wrong with that? So what if its the day after, most Americans hate just seeing a muslim at the park and start whispering. There are plenty of times that six flags celebrates american holidays like halloween and christmas, and us muslims dont complain. but when we wanna celebrate our holiday the ignorant americans do what they always do best, open there big mouths and do big reckless things. also, those girls are gonna be cheering on 9/11 why arent the americans going like”OH NO THEY ARE CHEERING ON 9/11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
its cause they are stupid rascist people. and so is that dumbass debbie who wrote this report

Debbie is Dumb on August 30, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Debbie Schlussel, why not comment on the event that takes place on 9/11, the main day of the cowardice act, what’s it called again: Xtreme Spirit Cheer and Dance Competition event at SixFlags. Why not ask similar questions of your fellow citizens. And here I had one single thought that I was not being fair to you by believing of you to be IGNORANT..but here you have erased all doubts. BTW, hamza is not five in Arabic. And I’m not correcting you. You’re not worthy of correction.

To Jennifer, where did you get this from “Every Muslim is a terrorist, it is demanded by the Qu’uran” You are nothing but an IFF, that is Ignorant Fighting for Freedom, that’s even worse than this blog.

K.M.J.A. on August 31, 2010 at 9:34 am

To Lacy on 8/22/10, thank you for shedding the light and uncovering the truth about this Debbie Schlussel. I feel pity for you Debbie. No matter how intellectual you become, YOU WILL always be an IGNORANT in my book..that is until you apologize and repent! LOL

K.M.J.A. on August 31, 2010 at 10:45 am

Wow, most of these comments just prove how ignorant people are. If ignorance is bliss, y’all must be the happiest people alive! =D Whoever is being affected by such petty things such as a theme park should take a day off and go to the middle of a country full of poverty and spend one day in thier shoes. That being said, we can all resolve this issue once we’re all dead, in front of the Creator Himself, of course assuming you believe in an afterlife.

P.S.: Bear in mind that every living being was created specifically and so also, the earth was created for these living beings. Land and people do not belong to anyone. The only REAL owner is God. =)

Muslimah on September 4, 2010 at 8:31 am

1ST OF ALL!!!!, Hamza is not 5 in arabic. Hamza was the prophet’s uncle which obstruct and limited people like you wouldn’t know! and even if it was 5, what does that have to do with your point?!?! we don’t believe in “lucky numbers”.
2ND-Why do you care if amusement parks have special days for “special” religions? is it because the people of YOUR religion couldn’t accomplish something like that? And why are you complaining about muslim day saying that they shouldn’t bring in religion? FRIGHT FEST is a whole month long!!! And just incase you didn’t know, Fright Fest is a halloween celebration. So why didn’t you speak your filthy mind on that?!?!
3RD-If you really want them to have a Hari Krishna Family Day or Wiccan Family Coven Day, maybe the people of those religions should organize a day like that. Don’t you think? Im not trying to speak unmannerly about other religions, but really, why are you hating off of Muslims for having one day a year at Six Flags to go on rides and have fun in a civilized manner!
4TH-Since I brought up the word “civilized”, Muslims are the perfect example of a group of civilized people! Allah himself, Mohamed, and all other companions (and his UNCLE Hamza, not a NUMBER 5) gathered us upon civilization, and self-control. Not terrorism and crime. Muslims go to six flags everyday. When did you ever hear of a roller coaster being bombed? And believe me, with six flags security, I don’t think a CELLPHONE THAT TRANSFORMS INTO AN IED would enter the park.
5TH-Muslim Day, that you are having so many gibberish complaints about, is on September 12th this year because our holiday is on the 10TH!! September 10th is a friday, so it can not be celebrated because of friday prayers (which are perfectly normal since christians have sunday prayers and all other religions have their own special day). If we had it on SEPTEMBER 11, again foolish brainless people like YOU, would have their own ideology that doesn’t make sense! Is THAT a good enough reason for it being on September 12?!?!
6TH-If you’re dying for the $5 discounts they give us, you can make your own holiday called “thick-skulled stupid person day”, and reserve the park just for you=)And if you think “reciting suras from the koran” is really going to get you the $5 discount you making such a great commotion about, maybe you should try it!
7TH-REDUNDANT can not describe a group of people that want to go to six flags to have fun. REDUNDANT perfectly describes you. And you can “snicker” all you want at your dull and banal jokes and comments because Im doing the same thing right here!
8TH-Im proud to be a muslim and join all of the fellow people of my Ummah on OUR special holiday at SIX FLAGS every year and your claim of people not being allowed to wear shorts is SO NOT TRUE!! Islam allows its men to wear shorts or even walk shirtless as long as they cover their naval to their knees. I don’t think a man would walk with shorts shorter than that unless its your gay husband, (if he was stupid enough to fall for you:0).
Last but not least, I’d like to conclude saying that I NEVER (emphasis on the word NEVER!!) would have visited your stupid blog Ms. Debbie Schlusseltard. It was just that I was trying to find out when Muslim day was this year so I can go have fun at Six Flags with Prophet Mohameds Ummah Peace be upon him:) If you still think otherwise of my comment, I just wanted to say that the world around you is in peace, until you come in with your 2 feet radius around you with your computer posting up stupid ideas like this. YOUR computer and other people like YOU is what made 9/11 a blame on Muslims, using all of your editing material. Yes I can not disagree that 9/11 happened, but it was not by the muslims you are claiming to be redundant. Your blog may have fired me up a bit, but its still a good thing you put up your whimsical ideas. So people would know that the real terrorist is you, not the muslims. Its people like you that are spreading fear into people’s mind, not us.
LA EELAHA ILA ALLAH, MOHAMED RASUL ALLAH!!! ALLAHU AKBAR TAHYA ILISAM TAHYA ILISLAM!!!
and to all muslims reading this, be proud of your religion and HAPPY EID at SIX FLAGS :D

PROUD to ba a muslim on September 4, 2010 at 11:04 am

Why don’t you research something before condemning it – Muslim Family Day is a day that a group of people have reserved for a group outing – they happen to be Muslims. The date chosen, September 12, 2010, just happens to be the date closest to a celebrated holiday (Eid) that the picnic area was available for rental. Muslims will not be the only people allowed in the park for the day.

jemma on September 4, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Get a life you racist pig, your like all the other people out there bashing muslims and Islam just for the sake of your hatred. Why dont you go there and meet a few muslims and engage them in an intelligent conversation and heck you’ll be surprised there not that different from other americans who have kids, mortgages, worries, bills and interests.

James on September 7, 2010 at 1:12 am

First of all DEBBIE us Muslims have paid for our price to attend this function it is not free.Second Our Eid Holiday ends on 9/10 It Changes every year not that it matters but most people are off on this weekend therefore it is a planned vacation so that we can enjoin our HOLIDAY with friends and family and get to eat Hala food without any trouble. If other certain religous groups want to reserve the park they can. You are spreading hate! I don’t get it. You people keep doing the same stuff saying the same things. Get a life already. In your reference to 9/11, Muslims-Real Muslims, are ashamed that it happened. Terrorist are not Muslim. They are Tought to believe the way they do. They are mindless entities and while they walk around calling them selves Muslim they are wrong. Do you consider Jim Jones as a Christian. A devout Christian who will go to Heaven for his deeds on Earth??? Many of you call your self Christian…What did Jesus die for? What was the Gospel about. Does it tell you to hate people? I know it doesn’t. And while I’m sure you’ve never held a Quran unless you plan on burning on then you can’t walk around acting like you know anything about us! So as I said Get over your selves and stop acting the world Revolves around biggots and racists like you!!!!!

Briana on September 8, 2010 at 2:10 am

A couple of more things I didn’t mention. For those of you who have families fighting in the middle east don’t sit around acting like CHRISTIANS are the only ones in the USA services fighting.

If you don’t want to go six flags ever agian good for you! Who cares about your bigotry. Your just showing the fact that America is still extremely racists!

Whatever you claim this event has been going on before 9/11! And like mentioned above the man who started this died in tower 2!

I WILL BE AT SIX FLAGS (INSHALLAH) ON 9/12 HAVING A BLAST!!! I AM PROUD OF MY RELIGION.

And though I used to say I am proud of my Country these last few months have really made me SICK!!! I hope you Come to protest. I hope you pay admission and stand in the park yelling stuff. I will record every thing that is said and be sure its sent to all the news media out let to let people know how this country is, what it stands for and what your doing to the word Jesus (pbuh) brought from God! Maybe then some Christians will open their eyes and relize they are terrorist. Because they are Terrorizing US!!!

THATS RIGHT ANY ONE ON HERE WANT TO COME OUT AND PROTEST PLEASE DO!! THEN WE CAN SHOW WHO THE REAL TERRORIST ARE..AND DEBBIE YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US. I’LL EVEN STAND BESIDE YOU IN LINE IF YOUR NOT AFRAID WHICH MOST OF YOU ARE….THE WHITE IS FALLING THATS WHAT HAS YOUR PANTIES IN A BUNCH!!!

Briana on September 8, 2010 at 3:00 am

sorry misspelled something above. its the white *man

Briana on September 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Muslim Family Day is celebrated every year on or around Eid. Muslim Holiday Eid (After the fasting month of Ramadan) this year is either on September 10, 11 (Same Dates as Rosh Hashana).

So some cities they are having muslim family day on 10th and some cities on 12th depending on availability of the Six Flags park. They intentionally did not do it on Sep 11 but you are not concerned about it. You need an excuse for muslim bashing so that you can satisfy your islamophobia

talha on September 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

k everyone i read each and everyone post here and i am hurt i myself i am american muslim i was raised and borned in texas only languge ikw is english and proud to say that i am muslim and i am not terroist i am not saying all of u said dis but for the one who did y don’t u do me favor sep 12 2010 go to ur closet six flags i believe everybody welcome i go every year and really get to knw the muslim ppl k its really i brang my good old christain friend and she not fan muslim like you lady made dis artical i took she absoultley love it after year and a half she is proud muslim not just her family too it was miracal to me idk i if it was the six flag thing that change or what but i just want to tell u dat every religon has small group ppl who do wrong my father died by group gangster who called the killer for god and yes thyey where christain i don, ever christsain is bad and hope u don’t same about us and i am tuly srry for dose mens who died on dat day and i truly respect dat of urs happy eid everybody bye!?

lina on September 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm

i so much agree with briana

lina on September 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I was at the six flags in Arlington Texas today with my family and another…it was Muslim DAY!!! How disrespectful to all of the families and friends of those have died at the hands of terrorists in the last few years, innocently or defending your right to be an idiot! We complained to several managers at Fast Pass and then guest relations. We were told over and over again how they are allowed to but a ticket….etc. Why is it that Pearl Harbor day was so long agao, but an attack on American soil and when i google it, no Japanese Day at Six Flags the day after??? The bottom line is this was disrespectful, they have many other days this event can be hosted not around 9-11. Six Flags Over Texas and any other state, should be ashamed!

american and proud! on September 12, 2010 at 8:07 pm

heyy debbie so guess what? i went to six flags like i said i would and I had a BLAST!! it was a great fun day!!

oh and @american and proud, pretty much what your saying is that your upset that muslims were allowed in six flags. you went to sic flags so i guess you celebrated 9-11 right? thats what you accuse us of, so im accusing your dumb white christian ass

Debbie is Dumb on September 13, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I HAD SOOOO MUCH FUN!!!!! I went to the Arlington Six Flags for Muslim Day and it was swarming with beautiful Muslims. Thank you to all the Muslim Brothers and Sisters who came out. I hope you all enjoyed your Hala Burger Baskets and donated to the Pakistan Flood Relif Cause! I have a few things to say again as always…The women who work at six flags were not asked to wear pants or capris nor were the asked to wear half sleeves to full sleeves like debbie the demon stated. The staff at the park was so nice. They asked about my henna and what type of holiday had just passed. Lots of brothers and sisters brought their non-muslim friends and family and you could tell that everyone was having so much fun. As for Proud to be an American–you just want segragation! Your not proud to be an American your not even Proud to be a Christian your just Proud to be White. I wish you had said something to me. You probably stood in line by me and didn’t even know I was muslim. Not all Muslim women wear a hijab. I was proud to see the women out there with their hijabs and burkas Bless you I know you were hot! With that said Debbie you shouldn’t talk with your mouth full! And if anyone on here complains that they were at six flags on the 9/12 and it was Muslim day and they were mad cause they were the minority(boooo whoooo) you didn’t have the BALLS to confront us or protest-(wussies) And us Muslims don’t have to set around the week before 9/11 or the week after 9/11 we are not responsible for what happened and we will not take the blame. WE ARE NOT SUPPRESSED AND WE WILL NOT BE ENSLAVED BY WEAK MINDED INDIVIDUALS WHO THINK GOD WILL CARRY THEM AND ONLY THEM OFF OF EARTH IN A CHARIOT!!!!WE ARE NOT AFRAID TO TAKE A STAND EVERYBODY TAKE MY HAND AND WE WILL WALK THIS ROAD TOGETHER ANY STORM!!!!(thanks eminem i <3 u) Peace Peeps until we meet again Muuuwwhhaaaaa LOL I <3 GOD!!!

Briana on September 14, 2010 at 11:46 am

I don’t know where to start with this, the biggest people at fault here would be six flags, they shouldn’t have a free day for 1 or 2 religions and it is in very poor taste to have the Muslim day on 9/12 the day after 9/11 or any day in September for that matter.
If you’re Muslim YES! You should be humble a week before and after that day else you support what did happen on that day by Muslims just the same as members of the Nazi party who didn’t kill Jews or Gypsy’s but to claim the same loyalty without openly damming those who would do such a thing, if you truly want to be considered different from those that would kill Americans just because, then take those passages out of your fairy tale and change the name of your religion or else go try wearing shorts in Iran.
Every religion that follows Abraham has committed genocide in there history, probably the worst of which is that of the Catholics and there attempt to kill all Jews, Gypsy’s, and Witches in Europe after they couldn’t muster enough forces to kill every Muslim in the “holy land”. Oh yeah, Nazi’s were Catholics too.
So until all you fairytale following Heretics who refuse to honor the Earth for the blessing of living here at all and start working towards cleaning up this planet and living in peace I say the lot of you can get together in six flags and kill each other all at once and be done with it, we’ll call it Six Flags over Armagedon and you can all have your crapture or 71 Virgils or whatever together.

Garywolf on October 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm

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