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    Islam Infiltrating Toronto Public Schools

    Hindus protest Muslim prayers at public school

    Hindus from across Toronto plan to protest outside a North York middle school until a controversial Friday prayer session for 400 Muslim students is stopped.

    The Canadian Hindu Advocacy is one of a number of Toronto-area groups who are opposed to the 30- to 40-minute services that occurred in the cafeteria of Valley Park Middle School on Overlea Blvd. from November to March.

    An imam from a local mosque is brought to school to head the service, officials said. During the service male students are made to sit in front of the girls.

    “This is alarming and unacceptable,” said Advocacy director Ron Banerjee. “We respect the separation of church and state.”

    He said his group will be sending letters of protest to the Toronto District School Board in the next few days and calling for an end of the noon-time services. That will be followed by protests in November, when the services resume, if the prayers are to continue next school year.

    “There’s not supposed to be any religious classes taking place in public schools,” Banerjee said. “We will be asking the board to stop the practice.”

    He said school officials stopped students from reciting the Lord’s Prayers years ago and his group will picket the Muslim classes if the practice isn’t stopped.

    “Our organization has received many complaints from Hindu students and parents in the Valley Park Middle School region,” Banerjee said.

    He said his group would like to begin a discussion with TDSB authorities aimed at restoring secular education within the school system.

    “We would also like to discuss the serving of halal meat within TDSB schools,” he said. “Our organization is determined to ensure all Hindu students are provided non-halal meat alternatives.”

    Area resident Khalid Sheikh, who claims to be president of Parents For School Not for Political Parties, said local school councils have been “hijacked and controlled” by Muslim groups and political parties.

    “Neutral parents who do not like this political stuff in our schools are neglected,” Sheikh said. “For God’s sake, stop this nonsense in our schools.”

    Area trustee Gerri Gershon said “there are many tensions within the community.

    “The school should not be focused on these tensions and politics but have a wide representation of young people,” Gershon said.

    She said the program began after discussions with parents, community leaders and the school administration.

    Malcolm Buchanan, of Civil Rights in Public Education, said he has no problems with the Muslim prayer service as long as it doesn’t take place while classes are in session.

    “Schools are for learning and not religious ideology,” said Buchanan. “We have no problems as long as it doesn’t take place during school time or the kids are not forced to take part.”

    TDSB officials said on Monday the prayer sessions have been taking place for three years and are designed to help with the safety of students, who do not have to leave school to attend mosque.

    The officials said the prayer sessions are working well and they haven’t been approached about making changes.

    Days after this story broke, it has been revealed how widespread the problems is:

    York school holds Friday services

    Some York Region parents are outraged that Christmas concerts and some Halloween activities are banned from one of their schools while a Friday prayer session for Muslim students continues to flourish.

    Muslim students at Vaughan’s Mackenzie Glen Public School, like their counterparts at Valley Park Middle School in North York, have been worshipping with an Imam every Friday from November to March in their schools.

    And Jewish students at Rockford Public School, on Rockford St., Toronto, are provided a portable that acts as a synagogue where they can worship, some angry parents said.

    “They can use the portable as a synagogue any day of the week,” a school official, who didn’t want his name used, said. “They (Jewish students) were even given a key to the school to use the bathroom.”

    Officials of the Toronto District School Board weren’t available Wednesday to comment on the Jewish pray service.

    The worker said he was scolded for bringing up the issue with supervisors.

    “I bitched about it I was told to keep my mouth shut,” the man said. “Why does this group get free perks and all other religions have to pay for permits and rental space?”

    One parent, who has three children attending Mackenzie Glen, said Canadian values and culture are being eroded.

    “The Lord’s Prayer and Christmas concerts as we know them are gone,” the York resident said. “The word Jesus seems to be forbidden as the Muslim prayers goes on every Friday.”

    The resident said he has a business in the area and didn’t want his name released because he fears repercussion.

    Ross Virgo, of York Region District School Board, said six of his schools accommodate Muslim prayer services and students range from three to four in some schools to more than 100 in others.

    “All our schools would permit students to take time off to prayer,” Virgo said. “Many students leave school for prayer services and some don’t come back.”

    He said Christmas concerts are now called holiday concerts and feature seasonal songs of many cultures.

    “The tradition and values of many cultures are respected,” Virgo said. “We respect the culture and traditions of other countries.”

    The practice of Muslim students praying in the cafeteria at Valley Park has sparked outrage from parents who claim public school should be secular and not be involved in religion.

    Hindu groups have already said they will protest the religious services and want non-Halal meat products for their children.

    Farhan Khokhar, of Amidyya Muslim Mosque, on Jane St. in Vaughan, said members of his sect are allowed to pray in schools on Friday as well, but after students of the major Muslim sects finish their prayers.

    “Our students pray separately,” Khokhar said. “This is not an issue for us because there are a number of schools across the city where our students can pray.”

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    Okay, looks like the Hindus are going to do what whites should do too, but will not be allowed because then they'll be called racist: protest the manifestation of Islam.

    It is indeed outragous that Halal meat is served to all pupils, in Denmark this comes guised as a 'health' measure and includes sandwiches but only little real meals anymore, everything gets tuned to Islamic rules but sold as something else to the public.

    Wish the Hindus luck that they manage to kick out that practice again, otherwise soon all pupils will take part in the friday prayers...
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