Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Segregating the Menstruating

Muslim girls on friday in the mosque, TulehuImage via Wikipedia

The Ku Klux Klan believes in the supremacy of the white race and would like to see our society move back to a time when "niggers" had to sit at the back of the bus.

Imagine that 80% of the student population of a certain school in Toronto is racist.

 Should the Toronto School Board allow weekly 'Klan' meetings in that school during school hours in order to meet the needs of those  students?

No answer is necessary.

The idea is ludicrous. 

And yet, there is a group that believes in the supremacy of one group of students over another and they really do have the permission of the Toronto School Board to hold weekly meetings at a Toronto School during school hours.

 A group that considers some Canadian children 'unclean', segregates them and forces
them to be non-participants at the back of the room.

The Board says that due to the large number of  students at the school who belong to this group, the meetings are necessary.

At Valley Park Middle School every Friday afternoon, a conservative Imam, (an Islamic religious leader), meets with Muslim students in the school cafeteria for a prayer service.

The young men are in front, the young women kept behind them and any menstruating young women, (the unclean), are at the very back, allowed to attend but not take part.

It is important to note that the Canadian Muslim Congress is against this.

 “We believe Islam does not make (Friday prayers) compulsory ... they can be postponed until later in the day," Terek Fatah, founder of the Canadian Muslim Congress said, adding his group is also opposed to the treatment of the girls.

I agree with the Muslim Congress.

Canadian Public Schools must uphold and be seen to uphold the basic rights of all students.

In my opinion the Toronto School Board needs to rethink its policy.

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Debra She Who Seeks said...

Quite apart from any other issue, there should be no religion in public schools.

The Episcopagan said...

That will probably end up being the main issue although I don't think it is the most important one. Interestingly the Charter of Rights and Freedoms doesn't forbid religion in the schools, it forbids making it a school wide policy. That's why the Board in Toronto can get away with this I guess.

Doug Jamieson said...

Gawd, this multiculturalism thing is hard, isn't it?