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More religious accommodation recommended by Peel District School Board

In consultation with the its senior administration and Equity staff, Peel District School Board has formulated the following recommendations to revise the Religious Accommodation Operating Procedure for prayer, including Jummah [Friday] prayer for Muslim students in public school:

  • All prayer spaces will continue to be supervised by school staff.
  • Prayer will be led by students only, on Friday, for Jummah prayer.
  • Two or more students can pray together on any other day but prayers would not be led nor include a sermon.
  • Students may write their own sermon (khutbah} or can use a sermon (khutbah) from a bank of prewritten sermons, obtained from the school MSA or a local faith leader.
  • Sermons will be presented in English, except for any verses quoted directly from the Quran.
  • Sermons must comply with the school code of conduct, the Education Act, its Regulations and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
  • As with all student activities in schools, appropriate disciplinary and corrective action will be taken where there are any contraventions of the Ontario Human Rights Code or the school code of conduct.

On January 10, 2017, Peel District School Board will vote on this recommendations. Representatives of the Muslim community in Peel Region who attended the meeting demanded more accommodating arrangements for Muslim students at public schools that will allow students to pray in groups at school any day of the week and to write and deliver their own sermons.

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28 comments

  1. do any Canadian schools teach that: usa president Thomas Jefferson banned muslims from the usa? that the u.s marine corps. was initiated to fight the muslims? …that the highest honor bestowed by muslim faith is to be a martyr, and die for the cause? …the U.S. Marines believe you do not win a war by dieing for the cause. you win by making someone else die for theirs ! dig in folks , it is about to get ugly. .. go Mr. Trump. thousands of potential martyrs waiting for you and the U.S. military machine. however, don`t count on Canada for much help in your goal. not right now anyway. if we as a nation can get our heads out of our arses long enough, perhaps in the future.

  2. At What point did one religion become more important than any other, why are Muslim’s student’s allowed to have their religious rights acknowledged in the school system when no other religious group is? This is not a Muslim state, this is a free country, the last I knew, and I am disgusted to be reading that this would even be voted upon, members of parliament grow some standards and moral’s, ethic’s and include all the people and ethnic groups of Canada, not just Muslim’s! Get a Grip!

  3. Please do not bring this prayer issue to school. Just because of Some Islam Iman demanding. Prayer can be done at home or at your worship place. My kids are not going to earn any phd by these prayer time in school. Do we have enough time for these prayer issue . How you are going to prepare my kids for higher education . This will lower our education standard in World. If peel ever voted for this prayer issue from Muslim Then I would withdraw my kids from your school system and demand my portion of tax dollar going to education. If Muslim want to have prayer then go ahead open your own prayer center as per your population. WE ARE NOT MUSLIM COUNTRY. WHY WE SHOULD CHANGE THEY SHOULD CHANGE OR GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY . YOU CAME HERE FOR CHANGE OUR WAY NOT MUSLIM WAY. I WILL FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHT. THIS IS NOT I WHAT I HAVE VOTED FOR AND EXPECT CANADIAN WAY OF LIFE.

    • I can already tell you the outcome of the vote. It will be a resounding YES due to political correctness. Will ALL other religions and denominations get equal prayer time? We all know he answer to that question. It’s either all inclusive or nothing at all. I’m sick and tired of bowing to certain religions and enough is enough. When all is said and done, school is for learning and church is for religion. We all know that hate will be preached in these Islamic meetings and a blind eye will be turned. Enough is enough. Taxpayers pay for our schools, not some Iman who wants his followers participating in such Hatred. Yes, I have the guts to call it what it is. As an ex muslim I know 100% that these people are up to no good. We all know it so put a stop to it before it gets out of hand.

  4. Please do not bring this prayer issue to school. Just because of Some Islam Iman demanding. Prayer can be done at home or at your worship place. My kids are not going to earn any phd by these prayer time in school. Do we have enough time for these prayer issue . How you are going to prepare my kids for higher education . This will lower our education standard in World. If peel ever voted for this prayer issue from Muslim Then I would withdraw my kids from your school system and demand my portion of tax dollar going to education. If Muslim want to have prayer then go ahead open your own prayer center as per your population. WE ARE NOT MUSLIM COUNTRY. WHY WE SHOULD CHANGE THEY SHOULD CHANGE OR GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY . YOU CAME HERE FOR CHANGE OUR WAY NOT MUSLIM WAY. I WILL FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHT. THIS IS NOT I WHAT I HAVE VOTED FOR AND EXPECT CANADIAN WAY OF LIFE.

  5. Why can’t you just say NO to the few and protect the many.

  6. This is disgusting.

    This is a public school not an islamic school. If christians/catholics aren’t allowed to pray or recite the lords prayer then What The Hell is going on with this world?

    Everybody is so afraid to be labelled a racist they have lost touch of reality.

    If they are so tolerant why are they so intolerant of us?

  7. This nation has rejected the way of God. It has rejected the Bible (God’s Word) and now you will see the judgements start to manifest!
    Woe to Canada! Repent Canada! Return to the true God of the Bible, who blessed this land, before it’s too late.
    Remember! God will not be mocked.
    As a nation soweth so shall it reap!

    • If it is the judgement of God, as you claim, is it not a judgement upon the Christian Church, as much as upon society at large?

  8. This is So Sick. None of this should be allowed and it all should be banned. If they want to pray they can do it outside of school property. This is a space for all, not for religion. Otherwise bring back the Lord’s Prayer along with the National Anthem. The Peel Board better wake up to what equality is.

  9. It should be continued, that NO religious activities are practiced in the schools.
    Not Muslim, Not Christian Jewish or any other.
    Keep the religious activities in their places of worship, not in the schools.
    Note When the muslims walk in and demand something, they should be deported back to where they came from. It is their responsibility to adjust to Canada, not Canada to adjust to them.
    If they want a war, they can have it.

  10. ALL CHRISTIANS MUST REMOVE THEIR CHILDREN FROM THIS DISTRICT IMMEDIATELY FOR THEIR RELIGIOUD PROTECTION AND PHYSICAL SAFETY!!!

  11. These are Public Schools…their should be no accommodations made for these people. Do your praying before and after school at home or in the mosque. Do you School Boards know that the countries they come from do not allow praying for workers during working hours..same should be for schools…stop with the nonsense Ontario ..get a backbone. Quit bowing and scraping to these people…what the heck is your problem…

  12. I always thought that Public schools in Ontario was devoid of any religious inclinations. Why the change? This should not be allowed, keep public schools free from all religions!

  13. The Muslims in a Great Country are winning even in our Universities and schools.

    The people of this Country should be ashamed of themselves This is a Christian Country that’s what was your fathers fought for in the 2nd World for freedom.

    And now you the people allow a barbaric religion start to rule this Country. And a Prime Minster who does not care about the truth of what is happening

    His life is continually with the Muslims soon you will have the Sharia Law. Time will tell.

  14. daniela cipriano

    The quran commands muslims to kill all unbelievers, so as long as they quote this command directly from the quran it’s ok?

  15. Schools and religion should be separate; school should be only academic. Why do they need Mosques or churches? I guess this is only for Muslims; all other religions would need their churches? Looks like we are becoming a Muslim Country with Trudeau at the helm!

  16. Christians and all traces of them were eliminated in ontario’s long ago to maintain fair and free ‘impartiality’ for “Public” schools.
    There will be no backlash. Christianity was defeated then, never to return. Enjoy Sharia Law as it overtakes this nation. Remember us for our deeds. We have shaken the dust from our feet and We are gone . . .

    • Agreed. Well said.

    • If you allow one stream of religious accommodations in your schools then all other streams of religions must be given equal opportunity to pray in your schools, you cannot discriminate from one religion and another. You as a school board are promoting division with such rulings. Years ago your school board eliminated any religion practices in your schools now you are reneging on that ruling and allowing the muslin sector to have their prayer time if so then YOU MUST open the doors to all religions. Be very careful with your ruling on January 10th.

    • This nation has rejected the way of God. It has rejected the Bible (God’s Word) and now you will see the judgements start to manifest!
      Woe to Canada! Repent Canada! Return to the true God of the Bible, who blessed this land, before it’s too late.
      Remember! God will not be mocked.
      As a nation soweth so shall it reap!

  17. Do s a Christian prayer also added to the day

  18. but the lords prayer is forbidden. what makes these people so special the entire country changes to bow to their every whim?

  19. What is very encouraging is the strict rules and regulations governming this activity. They obviously see and understand there is a problem with islam or none of this would be necessary. Now, we move forward. There is a plan to deal with islam in Canada from coast t coast to coast and people are stepping up to to the plate to do so. Islam cannot remain a part of Canadian society and it will be removed.

  20. Sermons should only be allowed in mosques, it has no place in a school.

  21. Meanwhile they got rid of the Intervarsity Christian fellowships being able to meet on many campuses. Yup…that seems fair.

  22. Only if other religions have similar accommodation otherwise none at all

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