Calgary school slapped with $26K fine for refusing to let Muslim students pray on campus

A Calgary private school unlawfully discriminated against two Muslim students by refusing to allow them to pray on campus, says the province’s human rights tribunal.

The Alberta Human Rights Commission fined Webber Academy a total of $26,000 for distress and loss of dignity after the boys were forced to hide at the school or leave the property during the city’s chilly winter to fulfill their faith’s obligations.

Neil Webber, the facility’s founder and president, said he was disappointed with the ruling released Thursday and said an appeal with Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench will be filed.

“A key pillar of our founding principles is that the school be a non-denominational environment in which children can thrive and focus on their academic success,” Webber said.

“This remains our goal.”


Given the school initially accommodated the prayers and then yanked the prayer rug out from under them leads me to believe there is not much room for appeal.

The article does not state whether the parents and students were informed in advance of enrollment of the school no prayer policy.

h/t JEH

  • Maggat

    This will be fun, watching the SCOC squirming and twisting to try to uphold this silly decision when it appears before them.

    • AmicusC

      especially since they just slapped down Christian prayer.

    • FactsWillOut

      They just stopped Christian prayer in a Quebec municipality, but then again, have you ever known the left to shy away from blatant hypocrisy?

      • Look no further than the TDSB and Muslim prayers.

  • mobuyus

    Calgary school slapped with $25k fine for refusing to let muslim students prey on campus.

    • dance…dancetotheradio


    • Clausewitz

      I see what you did there. Nicely done.

    • Waffle

      “Prey” is so right!! LOL

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …”loss of dignity”…please…F*** off and die.

  • roccolore

    Christian prayer forbidden. Muslim prayer mandated or else.