Sunday, September 18, 2011

Toronto School Board continues to hold prayers for Muslim students despite protests from parents

Ostensibly it is because everyone is equal, and deserving of special treatment, Muslims more so that other religions.  The cafeteria at the school is turned into a mosque every Friday, to make sure the students return to school rather than wander away after having to leave school grounds to go to the local mosque for prayers.  I wonder what the school would do if Christian students tried the same tactic and left school to go pray at their local church.  Oh, wait, no other religion prays five times a day, upsetting work, as well as school schedules.  It is only Islam which agitates for special accommodations, either through passive actions such as students leaving school, or more aggressive actions which result in special rooms for Muslims at airports and foot baths for prayer at Universities.  The Toronto School Board is being the good and faithful dhimmi, making sure Muslim students get what every other student is denied.  This is wrong and a violation of the Canadian constitution, but will probably stand, as no one wants to confront Islamic doctrine, for fear of retaliation.  This is the face of 21st century Muslims...

This is Islam.

From the CBC September 18

Tempers flare over prayer in schools  

A rally held to recognize the Toronto District School Board for allowing rights and freedoms turned into a shouting match Saturday between religious groups.
About 200 people squared off outside the Toronto District School Board's head office, concerned about Muslim prayer in the city's public schools.
Groups including the Jewish Defence League of Canada, the Canadian Hindu Advocacy and the Christian Heritage Group, are upset that a middle school in the city's north end has provided Muslim students cafeteria space for a weekly prayer service, saying the board showed favouritism to Islam.
Three groups most affected by Islamic hegemony over the last 1,400 years.
Chris Andrewsen who organized what was supposed to be a day of appreciation for the TDSB, said they should be allowed to express their beliefs.
"If we are religious people then we should be allowed to express that. It's not an imposition on other people," Andrewsen said.
Not yet, anyway.
But some opponents say allowing students to pray on school property goes against the school board's policy that schools should be a place of study free from cultural or religious influence. While others say the right should be left open to all groups.
"We want respect for all religions. We want the Toronto District School Board to be consistent and stop discriminating [against] one religion over others," said Tony Costa, who is part of a multi-faith coalition opposed to Islamic prayer services in public schools.
Despite the opposition, school board officials say they will continue to allow the prayer inside the school.

(...)"I think that what we're doing is what we should be doing as a school board and that is accommodating students' needs no matter what their religion is," said Gerri Gershon, a Trustee for Don Valley West, where Valley Park Middle School is located.

Then announce a Jewish program, Hindu program, Christian program and Buddhist program in conjunction with the Muslim program and then, maybe you will be taken seriously. 
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