Thursday, January 12, 2017

Debate over Muslim prayer heats up PDSB meeting

Protesters with anti-Islamic signs attended the meeting Tuesday and Peel
Regional Police officers escorted this woman outside after she launched
into a racially-charged outburst.
A heated debate over religion in schools saw once person thrown from a meeting at the Peel District School Board (PDSB) on Tuesday.

A revised operational procedure, allowing Muslim students to use their own sermons during Friday prayers, was received by trustees — sparking debate.

While the Muslim community applauded the decision, many other community members said religion has no place in schools.

The Peel school board brought forth a new procedure in the fall requiring Muslim students to choose from six pre-written sermons during their Friday prayers — meaning students could only use sermons approved by the board.

The Peel Board said this was to create consistency across its schools.

However, students said it violated their right to religious freedom.  (more...)

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