Yesterday, Jihad Watch reported that the Toronto District School Board released a 170-page guidebook for teachers that recommended “a variety of religious intrusions into the public school system. A list of announcements it suggests be read before or after the playing of O Canada include the Muslim greeting ‘As-salamu alaykum’.” This would have placed Islam in the school system, above the National Anthem and above every other creed.
An about-face has now occurred:
The Toronto District School Board is temporarily pulling an Islamic Heritage Month guidebook following complaints from Jewish advocacy group B’nai Brith Canada
In addition to B’nai Brith, teachers and parents were also concerned, as well as many Canadians. What caught the attention of B’nai Brith was “the guide’s alarming definition of Islamophobia”; it “defines the term as “fear, prejudice, hatred of dislike directed against Islam or Muslims, or towards Islamic politics or culture.”
This change of heart by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is noteworthy. All across Canada there has been an imposition of sharia values, in an attempt to foist the criminalization of emotions regarding Islam upon Canadians. This is, of course, a full violation of our rights and freedoms. One cannot legislate away emotions and fears as offences that “hurt the feelings” of another. Yet this is precisely what “Islamophobia” motions and drives attempt to do. This is an open attempt to place Islam in a superior place, above all scrutiny and above the law.
Canada is also now under siege from “anti-Islamophobia” Motion M-103, and by “anti-Islamophobia” charters in six major cities, pushed by the National Council of Canadian Muslims (formerly CAIR.CAN).
M-103 seeks to “quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear.” It presupposes that Canadians are full of hatred toward and fear of Muslims, and so it attempts to outlaw these emotions. One knows that this is impossible, so the attempt is to outlaw any open expression which may be interpreted by some as “hate” or “fear” of Islam.
If some Muslims choose to behead infidels and gays; practice FGM and honor killings; persecute religious minorities, including Christians; attempt to obliterate Israel; torture little girls by forcing them to be child brides; all this must not be openly discussed. If it is, it is branded hate speech. Yet it is not hate speech. To criticise is not hate speech. Canada already has hate laws in place. Anti-Muslim bigotry is far different from “Islamophobia,” a word that is commonly used to refer not just to that bigotry but to any criticism of these and other practices that their practitioners justify by invoking sharia.
It is indeed shocking that any “anti-Islamophobia” subterfuge is even given a hearing in any Western nation, given that the very word “Islamophobia” makes no logical sense and that it is a known that this term has been forced upon the world by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which takes its direction from the sharia, in which Islam is considered above criticism, above reproach, and above all other faiths and beliefs.
The naive have fallen into the belief that “Islamophobia” is similar to anti-Semitism. They’re seemingly forgetting the history of hatred that has been directed against the Jews simply for being Jewish, and against Israel for being a Jewish state. Islam is a religious belief that anyone of any race, nationality or ethnicity can hold.
There is a reason that Islam needs to be discussed and sharia values need to be scrutinized: many sharia values are in direct conflict with Western principles of human rights, particularly the idea of equal rights for all:
The TDSB definition, if enforced, could lead to punishment for students or teachers who display ‘dislike’ towards the persecution of LGBTQ people in the Islamic Republic of Iran, harsh restrictions on women in Saudi Arabia, and Palestinian terrorism against Israelis, all of which are examples of “Islamic politics”, an earlier press release from B’nai Brith Canada says.
It is good news that the TDSB has reversed its decision to subject children and staff to this level of indoctrination and mind control. But who were the influences behind the TDSB decision in the first place? Why were they given such powers? How will they now be dealt with? The public deserves answers.
Toronto school board recalls, revises controversial Islamic guidebook, by Anthony Furey, Toronto Sun, October 2, 2017:
The Toronto District School Board is temporarily pulling an Islamic Heritage Month guidebook following complaints from Jewish advocacy group B’nai Brith Canada, the Sun has learned.
The book, as I described in a recent column, is a robust 170-page document that encourages a great deal of religious intrusion in a classroom setting that’s otherwise supposed to be a non-religious environment.
The recommendations include reciting and explaining the Muslim greeting “As-salamu alaykum” (peace be upon you) alongside the singing of O Canada and inviting children to visit a local mosque. It also includes templates of famous mosques around the world for children to construct during cut-and-paste exercises.Toronto
But it’s the guide’s alarming definition of Islamophobia that’s caught the attention of the leading Jewish advocacy group. The school board’s guide defines the term as “fear, prejudice, hatred of dislike directed against Islam or Muslims, or towards Islamic politics or culture.”
“The TDSB definition, if enforced, could lead to punishment for students or teachers who display ‘dislike’ towards the persecution of LGBTQ people in the Islamic Republic of Iran, harsh restrictions on women in Saudi Arabia, and Palestinian terrorism against Israelis, all of which are examples of “Islamic politics”, an earlier press release from B’nai Brith Canada says.
The organization contacted the TDSB Monday morning and by the afternoon, the school board had committed to pulling all copies of the guidebook until they revised the definition of Islamophobia, according to B’nai Brith Canada. It’s unclear if they plan to revise or remove any of the other controversial aspects of the guide.
“There are many students in Toronto schools who have come to Canada fleeing persecution from countries like Iran, Pakistan or Saudi Arabia — and now the TDSB is telling them to stay silent about what they’ve suffered. It’s simply ludicrous,” B’nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn said in the earlier press release. They’ve since issued another release thanking the board for swift action on the issue.
The House of Commons heritage committee is currently engaged in a study of Islamophobia and other forms of prejudice following the passing of the controversial M-103. The committee has yet to offer an agreed upon definition of the ill-defined term.
However, a former RCMP and CSIS officer did deliver testimony recommending that Canadians whose comments on Islam “go too far” should face some form of prosecution.
The Sun has received e-mails of concern from parents and teachers in the wake of my original report on this alarming guidebook….