Calgary: Webber Academy appeals $26K fine after denying Muslim student prayers

Calgary’s prestigious Webber Academy is appealing a decision by the Alberta Human Rights Commission to fine the private school $26,000 for not allowing two Muslim students to pray on campus grounds.

In 2011, the two Grade 9 and 10 students were told their praying—which requires bowing and kneeling—was “too obvious” in a non-denominational school.

The teens continued to hold their prayers in secret in the school, or even outside in the snow…

  • Ron MacDonald

    Someone should start a crowd fund for them so they can take it all the way to the Supreme Court.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    As they should appeal.

    They didn’t discriminate against the Muslims.
    In fact the folks at Webber treated the Muslims EXACTLY THE SAME as everyone else when they told them to keep their religion to themselves when on campus.

    Besides that, it’s hard to look favourably upon parents who knowingly and voluntarily sent their kids to an obviously secular school and then demanded their religion be accommadated by the school.

    Insidious, Muslim assholes; plain and simple.

    • chuck_2012

      insidious and DWL are too stupid to cal them on it.

  • canminuteman

    So the supreme court says some people can’t pray, and other people get sued for not letting muslims pray. I suppose that makes sense to somebody.

    • winniec

      ‘Darura’ is the doctrine of Islamic ritual ‘necessity’. Muslims don’t ‘need’ to have halal foods or halal anything…just say a pray and (POOF) it becomes halal by magic.
      Don’t have time for prayers, etc. (POOF) Just say them later. Darura is MAGIC. MAGIC, I tell ya.

    • Gary

      Just wait until a Niqab clad suicide bomber goes in to the SCOC building and makes those 9 wealthy white liberal judges into rice pudding and soak the Copy of the Charter of Rights on the wall with their Blood right on the Section for Religious Freedoms .
      The islamists will keep pushing and pushing to spread sharia and demand special treatment because the quranic paranoia keeps them as a Victim and tells them that THEY are blessed by allah and destine to rule the earth by sharia in a Global Calphate.

      The Master-race failed , today we have the Master-Faith .

  • Maggat

    So they should appeal. I would love to see the SCOC animal clad nit wits twisting and flapping in the wind as they try to square this up with their decision on Saguenay.

    • Alex Heidel

      Decision in Saguenay – Prayer by an institution of the state with everyone in the room…not allowed because of the secular character of the State. Para. 74 of the judgement says that religious neutrality is expected by institutions of the state, NOT of individuals. These kids didn’t stand at the front of the class expecting everyone else to actively or passively participate. If individuals in city councils want to step into a stairwell and pray alone, that is fine. Read the judgement of Saguenay in it’s entirety. It’s not a hard distinction to understand.

  • JoKeR

    The missing caption from the picture, “I know I dropped my brain around here somewhere!”

  • winniec

    Clue: “NON-denominational”…”NON-demoninational”…
    Hmm. What does that word denote?

    • Alex Heidel

      It denotes that the school is not affiliated with a religious denomination. In other words, it’s not Webber Rabbinical Seminary. If it meant, no religious practice, Sikh children wouldn’t be able to wear turbans at webber academy…but on WA’s website, Sikh children are wearing turbans. And good for them! Doesn’t bother anybody…or at least it shouldn’t

  • Icebow

    Bugger that; or not….

  • roccolore

    I wonder if Christians are allowed to pray at this school.

  • Waffle

    “Our courts have said that no one should be expected to park their religious beliefs at the door of any public institution. . .”

    Hold on there, Sapphire — the operative word here is PUBLIC — Webber is a PRIVATE, non-denominational school.

    Thin edge of the b.s. “reasonable accommodation” ploy. The Siddiques should not be allowed to get away with this.

  • tom_billesley

    In-your-face praying in public is the first move, followed by a demand request for an indoor mahometan prayer space. The same ploy is used to put pressure on town councils when seeking permits for a mosque building.

    • Alex Heidel

      It wasn’t in anyone’s face. Empty classrooms and stairwells are “in your face” how?

      • tom_billesley

        Look at the picture.

  • Surele Surele

    So… the same crowd that screams about separation of church and the state, now finds it necessary to punish a SECULAR school for …what? This is too funny (not really)

    • Uncle_Waspy

      The official slogan of the left should be:
      Shut up! Our policies don’t have to make sense!

    • Alex Heidel

      There is a separation between church and State. Webber Academy is not a state…nor is it a church. If you go to Parliament and pray in a stairwell, you’re fine…and people do it. Go to parliament hill during Muslim Prayer time and you’ll see. The sky isn’t falling chicken little!

  • Bubba Brown

    F.I.F.O.F O.

  • Minicapt

    Pay the fine in Zimbabwe dollars ($84CA).


  • terrence

    These Human Repression Collectives do not have to abide by any rules, laws, or logic. They make up these “decisions” on the fly, on the PC fly…

    • Alain

      Indeed, which is why as long as a single one of these HRCs exists we cannot claim in honesty to be a free society.

  • Canadian

    So now that a precedent has been set, I suppose that a pious student who feels that he should rise in class and say the Lord`s Prayer before a test can do so?

    • Alex Heidel

      They actually can so long as they don’t stand in front of the class and shout it. If they say it before an exam in a reasonable tone, that’s allowed according to the CBE’s bylaws. You can also say grace before a mean…there is no differential treatment. For some reason, people equate saying the Lord’s prayer in front of City Council with everyone forced to sit through it as being EXACTLY the same as 2 kids going into a stairwell or an empty office alone.

      • I’ve just had a look at what I strongly suspect is your Twitter, “Alex Heidel”. Do you really believe that “Israel is behind Hamas”?

  • cmh

    this is one example of why the charter must be dissolved….