By Simon Kent ,Toronto Sun
When U.S. President Barack Obama told the great and the good at the United Nations in September that “the future does not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam” nobody would have expected him to be taken quite so literally and so quickly.
At least not in Canada. Still less by that august body known as the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
Although as a union one might have thought the immediate concern of the ETFO is the welfare of teachers, their honourable profession and the completion of the union’s gleaming new multimillion-dollar Toronto headquarters, it seems they cannot resist the opportunity to take to the pulpit and teach a little tolerance to those who might slander Islam.
We know this because in the ETFO Equity and Women’s Services’ advertised 2012-13 workshop list there is a session titled Addressing Islamophobia: A Discussion for Educators.
Nothing wrong with that. I guess. Except it poses the question: Why is a trade union taking a stance on religion and seeking to highlight perceived injustices in a world that is full of injustice?
There is unfairness everywhere if the ETFO is prepared to look hard enough for it. More than enough to go around.