Video: Mosqueteria Protest at the Toronto District School Board

On July 25 2011 a protest was held against the Toronto District School Board’s Islam First policy which allows public tax payer funded secular schools to be converted into ad hoc mosques. Imam’s are allowed by the TDSB to conduct Islamic prayer rituals in these schools.

By allowing this practice the TDSB has condoned gender discrimination against girls who are segregated from the boys during the rituals and worse singled out as “Unclean” and denied participation at all should they be menstruating. All of this goes against Canadian values, our Charter of Rights & Freedoms and Ontario education policy. It is speculated that the TDSB is condoning these activities in order to ensure they continue to receive education funding for Muslim students whose parents might otherwise pull their children from the system if their demands were not met. Muslim students, a growing demographic, now comprise a significant revenue source for the TDSB and ultimately the teacher’s union.

The video is a series of interviews with participants, ranging from Robert Lantos & Meir Weinstein to a woman who converted to Christianity from Islam, an atheist, a young couple who have seen Christian children discriminated against first hand by the TDSB and more. The video concludes with a verbal melee which illustrates how divisive the TDSB’s Islam First policy has become.

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It was a lively turnout at tonight’s TDSB Mosqueteria protest. Intense debate both pro and con, TDSB officials elected to hide in their bunker rather than address the crowd of about 75 to 80 protestors, though I understand Chris Spence did give media interviews to advise that the school board would pretend to “listen” to both sides of the issue but continue to endorse Islam above all other religions.