Parents opposing “Friday prayer days” for Muslim students are getting the brunt of the mayor of Brampton, Ontario Linda Jeffrey, who claimed they are spreading “misinformation and hateful speech” for expressing what they only believe as unfairly giving one religion special accommodation in schools.
Toronto-area parents have organized a protest rally this weekend at Celebration Square near Square One in Mississauga to oppose the Peel District School Board’s decision to remove all restrictions for Muslim students to hold Friday prayer sessions.
The Daily Caller reports:
The parents are furious with the Peel District School Board’s decision to lift all restrictions on what are called “Friday prayer days” for Muslim students. The sessions take place on school time and include both prayers and sermons that are usually read in Arabic — leading many to ask just what is being said.
The parents are questioning why there is Muslim prayer in public schools, when other religions do not have the same privilege. They also fear that expressing such opposition would soon be subject to hate crimes legislation under the motion to ban “Islamophobia” proposed by Iqra Khalid, a local Liberal Member of Parliament.
The Brampton mayor, however, insists that the Ontario Human Rights Code gives Muslim students the right to pray in public schools.