Activists with the group Canadians Against Islamization are planning a demonstration on Tuesday January 10, 2017 at Peel District School Board – PDSB (5650 Hurontario St, Mississauga, ON) to protest against the PDSB’s recommendations to allow more religious accommodation in public schools.
In consultation with the its senior administration and Equity staff, Peel District School Board has recently formulated the following recommendationsto 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.
An activist with Canadians Against Islamization told CIJnews that the new group wants to help the federal government fight radicalization by providing authorities with information about radical Islam in Canada and educating Canadians about the danger of Islamization to democracy, human rights and freedoms. The group opposes any religious activity in public schools and calls on PDSB to stick to the principal of separation of State and religion.
The activist added that starting on January 21, 2017, Canadians Against Islamization will protest every Saturday from 2 to 4 pm at Toronto’s Dundas Sqaure against the dissemination of radical Islamic literature in Toronto by Dawah activists at the Islamic booth “Free Info on Islam”.