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Muslim prayer in Saskatoon schools?

July 5, 2011

Blazing Cat Fur broke a story about Muslim prayers being conducted in a Toronto public school every Friday.  The prayers are led by an imam and justified by the school staff by safety concerns or maximizing instructional time.   The backlash is starting (Hindus are not happy).  The backlash is starting.  Be sure to read the comments on all of the posts and links.  Very interesting.

 

What’s happening in your schools?

 

Our neighborhood school in Saskatoon did have Muslim prayer in the school for a brief time two years ago.  It was initiated by two families.  They requested access to an unused classroom each afternoon.  Prayers were led by the moms (not imams).  They offered to do it during recess but the principal felt that students shouldn’t be socially isolated from other students so they missed class instead.  At the time, I wondered what the teachers thought about it but I didn’t ask since I was already asking a lot of questions.

Basically, the justification for allowing the prayer to happen was that they were just using an available space and that there wasn’t any compulsion.  I pointed out that there was compulsion if teachers were to ever remind students to go to prayers or if the parents were inviting children other than their to go to prayers (even other Muslim children).  By the time I verified that it had been happening, it was over.

These new reports out of Toronto made me wonder why there hasn’t been a request for similar accommodation in our school.  The school district is so rah-rah multiculti that I would expect them to acquiesce, at least initially.  In addition, the student population is at least 25% Muslim and major activities have to be scheduled around Eid because of absent students.   So why no prayers?

I think that I know.

The school has Muslims and Ahmadiyya Muslims.  The former don’t think that the latter are actually Muslims so I am sure that they would not pray together.

Problem avoided?

 

 

 

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Amy permalink
    October 29, 2011 10:12 pm

    Do you have some sort of logic disability? I thought I’d ask first in case you do. It wouldn’t be fair to rip your arguments apart if you have some sort of disability.

  2. Eman. permalink
    October 30, 2011 2:20 am

    So, do you prevent your kids from praying since they are muslim too? And I’ve seen you pray.. at our mosque.. explain to me why you do that.. is it not disrupting your life to becoming there? Explain to be, why you are such an attention seeker.. and why you seem to be bipolar.

  3. Amy permalink
    October 30, 2011 10:54 pm

    I agree…you have serious issues with muslim people. Your arguments aren’t even targeted towards hatred towards islam, it’s hatred towards muslims. And don’t give me that ahmadaya non ahmadaya crap I feel like you know random words so you’re spitting them out at any given chance in any given context. Seriously woman do you just go to the mosque to learn words about culture so you can come regurgitate them here?

  4. Amy permalink
    October 30, 2011 11:38 pm

    So word on the street is you’re a stalker who stalked Dr. Mark Lemstra. lol oh wow i am going to laugh all week

  5. April 26, 2016 1:45 pm

    Every religion has a right to freedom of expression. I don’t think there is a need to create an issue out of this.

  6. April 26, 2016 1:52 pm

    Everyone has a right to practice their religion. People should create hindrances for others.

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