Vote ‘NO’ to Muslim prayers in Toronto public schools

Please vote “no” against the proposal to conduct Muslim prayers in Toronto’s public schools. The Poll is on the left upper side of the following web page:
http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/

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Case Details
Groups protest Muslim prayers at Toronto public school
2011/07/25 | Michael Talbot, CityNews.ca

Several faith-based groups protested outside the Toronto District School Board’s headquarters Monday over Muslim prayers taking place in a Toronto school.

For three years, hundreds of students have been praying in the cafeteria at Valley Park Middle School during their lunch hour. The school doesn’t run or pay for the service.

TDSB director of education Chris Spence said the decision to hold the prayer sessions was made in consultation with the school community.

The service is operated by members of the Valley Park community, and was un-opposed by parents of other students at the school before Ron Banerjee, claiming to represent a group called the Canadian Hindu Advocacy, began complaining earlier this year.

“When you have 400 students coming in and out of class…it’s extremely disruptive,” said Banerjee, who organized Monday’s protest. “It’s discriminatory. It raises lots of questions in terms of ‘Why are Muslims alone being allowed to do this?’ This is part of the Islam-ification of society.”

Members of the Jewish Defence League of Canada and the Christian Heritage Group also took part in the protest.

80 per cent of Valley Park students are Muslim, and the school began the Friday services to prevent students from missing classes to pray at a nearby mosque.

The TDSB defended the sessions, saying it’s simply trying to accommodate the religious beliefs of its many Muslim students, as mandated by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

It said the issue is not one about religion in schools but about religious accommodation.

“We have a predominantly Muslim population in the student body, so the parents were asking for a space where we can provide for Friday prayers,” board trustee, Shaun Chen previously told CityNews.

Banerjee doesn’t buy it.

“If they want to accommodate the Muslim students, they get a one hour lunch break, the mosque is five minutes away, they can just tell them to pack a lunch and during your one-hour break go off to the mosque.”

In the meantime, Canada’s largest Hindu group, Canadian Hindu Network, says the views of the Canadian Hindu Advocacy are not representative of mainstream Hindus.
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6 comments on “Vote ‘NO’ to Muslim prayers in Toronto public schools

  1. lisa says:

    what do u people have against muslims theyre peaceful people
    name one time a muslim has annoyed u

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  2. No muslim country would allow Christian prayers in school! Why should Canada, which is founded on Christianity, accommodate muslim prayers in Canada?

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  3. Christian prayers have been refused in school. This is a country founded on Christianity. Muslim prayers should not be allowed in our schools.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Prayer was removed from public schools decades ago. This applies to all religions no matter how many in the school are of a particular faith. If you now open up prayer to muslims in a public school then nation wide you will open up prayer to all religions. Christianity suffered greatly back then and has been asking for years to allow prayer back in schools. This just wreaks of descrimination against all other faiths.

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  5. Thank you for your comment Anonymous.

    The desire is to keep schools free of all religious teachings, practices and pressures.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Do you think Muslim prayers should be allowed in school?

    I voted ‘yes’ …What’s the big issue? 80% are muslim in the school!

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