Muslim prayer in public schools by Diane Bederman

In the 1990’s, just a few years after The Lord’s Prayer was removed from public schools, Muslim families requested the right for their children to pray in school; particularly on Friday, their Holy Day. Schools in Peel have been providing Muslim students a space for Friday prayers for 20 years. The school board stresses that it is not promoting or teaching any religion. In the past few years, parents of non-Muslim students have lodged complaints.

Amira Elghawaby, the communications director for the National Council of Canadian Muslims has stated that this issue is “simply Islamophobia.  Its anti-Muslim sentiment … couched in a concern about religion in schools. It would be disheartening if indeed people are bringing any sort of baggage from their own maybe experiences in another country to this debate. That would be unfortunate.”