Lunchtime in the Mosqueteria –A blogger’s tale of Islamic prayer taking place inside a Toronto middle school ignites an online battle in Canada
“An anonymous blogger at a blog called Blazing Cat Fur first noted it online, observing: “School administration take part preparing the Cafeteria and making it into mosque every Friday and no one but Muslims can use the Cafeteria during the Islamic prayers on Friday.”
Update: From the comments in this post by our very insightful reader BatB
“Very fine, thorough, and legitimate complaint.
And, aha: “… when we [principal and teacher lodging complaint] looked carefully together at the TDSB’s own calendar showing obligatory prayer times for Muslim students (see above), she agreed that the practice [of Friday afternoon prayers] could not be justified as religious accommodation [emphasis mine]. When I suggested that the practice was, then, simply a ‘gift’ to Muslim students, she smiled and stated that she would continue the practice.”
The only “accommodation” being made here is to the salaries and benefits of the TDSB employees, from the top down. They need the government monies that accompany each student to whatever public school s/he attends — and seeing as Muslims are having very large families, “accommodating” them, to ensure they stay in the public system, has become de rigeur.”