I recently met with a group of parents concerned about the blurring of lines between religion and state in public education.
They are primarily concerned about what they see as the violation of the principle of neutrality toward all religions in Canada’s public schools. They also believe that current religious issues take classroom time and may disrupt social harmony in schools.
The parents fear that if they raise their voices their children will suffer a backlash in the playground: that they will be classified as racist just for raising concerns about religious practices during school hours on school property.
Some Muslim Student Association clubs, for example, discuss what is haram lifestyle and may openly disapprove of keeping dogs as pets, or dressing and eating in ways other families may consider normal.