The Peel District School Board is right to speak up strongly against attempts to stop Muslim students from holding a prayer service each Friday.
The prayer services have been going on without controversy for the past two decades in Peel. Similar Friday services, called Jummah, are routinely practised in other school boards across the GTA.
But a group in Peel has launched a campaign against the prayer meetings, with an online petition and a protest march in Mississauga last Saturday ostensibly aimed at keeping all religious practices out of schools.
Presenting themselves simply as “concerned parents,” they demand that the board “immediately discontinue… religious clubs and religious congregations of any religion.”
In fact, it’s clear they are targeting Muslims – and only Muslims. Their spokesman acknowledged to the Star that their actions are motivated by concerns about the Jummah.