Thursday, July 21, 2011

Second Toronto School Caves to Muslim Pressure


At the moment we have no way of knowing how many Toronto public schools have been turned into occasional makeshift mosques. We do know, however, that there are at least two for sure--Valley Park Middle School, site of the Saudi-style prayer sessions, and Jarvis Collegiate. The latter comes to our attention courtesy someone who teaches there, and who remarks in a letter to the Toronto school board posted on BCF's site:

I am concerned that a number of TDSB principals are violating the principle of secular education in Ontario by allowing Muslim students to leave classes for Friday prayers during class time. While the intentions of those principals are undoubtedly good in trying to create a welcoming atmosphere in the school, being inclusive and multicultural and helping retain students who otherwise might wish to attend different schools, their method is wrong; in fact, it is a violation of Ministry policy and the law. It stands in need of being corrected. I ask that a directive be sent to TDSB principals as soon as possible, preferably before the beginning of classes in September, to bring the practice to an end.

For example, I have seen how it has become the regular practice at Jarvis Collegiate, where I was a teacher, to allow 100-150 Muslim students to be excused from classes for twenty-five minutes every Friday afternoon to gather in the cafeteria for prayers. My understanding is that something similar is done in other schools. It should not be happening...
While we were sleeping, Islam crept quietly into our public schools. But guess what? It isn't too late to give it the old heave-ho. The question is: how many parents and teachers will be willing to brave the angry cries of "racist!" and "Islamophobe!" and take back their schools?


Anonymous said...

There is a third school allowing muslims to leave class to pray. Saint Lawrence Intermediate School in Cornwall Ontario has been allowing it since last year.

Julie Culshaw said...

I think the appropriate response would be for Christian groups to request the same privilege and then see what the school has to say about that. Fr. X can come and say Mass and then the Anglicans can have a service, using the cafeteria too. Wonder what the response would be?