This afternoon, the scheduled protest against the so-called “mosqueteria” (the Islamic prayers conducted in Valley Park Middle School’s cafeteria) took place at the headquarters of the Toronto District School Board. Ever since those activities were revealed, it became clear that similar prayers take place in several other schools.
The turnout was remarkably high, considering that the event took place in mid-summer. I was also afraid that many people would change their minds after last Friday’s murders committed by that Norwegian madman – the leftists and the Islamist used the event right away to smear Christians and those who criticize Islamization.
I used in the title the word “diverse”, which I don’t like that much – in the Human Rights Commissions’ “Newspeak” it usually means shoving down people’s throats weird customs and views in the name of multiculturalism.
The crowd that attended was diverse in the good sense of the word – a large group of rational people from different cultures, races and religions, united in their desire to save the secular character of one of our most important public institutions.
I saw Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Muslims (yes, there are Muslims who want to keep religion out of school) from different organizations – JDL-Canada, Canadian Hindu Advocacy, Egypt for Christ Ministry, Christian Heritage Party, Costa’s Christian Mission, Evangelical Asian Church, and others.
All of the major TV and radio stations and a few newspapers sent crews and journalists.
The other side was also represented by a few people. There were several mature Muslim men, but they kept a low profile. For some strange reason, the burden to defend the Isalmization was entrusted to two young Muslim girls and a very vocal young man.
Their ignorance about the situation didn’t stop them from arguing. They tried to present the Muslim prayers at school as something normal, which is protected by the Charter, obviously unaware of the principle of separation of church and state (on a second thought, I am not sure if even TDSB is familiar with that principle). The young man was telling fairy tales about a school he attended in the USA, where all religions were allowed to pray and demanded the same arrangement here. When he ran out of arguments, he verbally attacked JDL.
As it is common with the mainstream media in Canada, most of the journalists’ attention was focused on the rookie Islamists. I don’t know when they are going to learn that the rest of us have the right to be heard as well.
Despite the heated debates, the event was peaceful and the police really looked bored.
Here you can see a few more pictures: