Regarding the excellent work over at Blazing Cat Fur: An Important Addition to the Mosqueteria Story, commenter Richard writes “ If the past decade were written in a novel no one would buy it since it’s too unbelievable”.
He’s right. But as I have discovered, this latest chapter in the Islamist best selling novel Establishing Primacy in Dar Al Harb must be bought as required reading, unbelievable as it is.
Today the Toronto Sun has published another article on the Valley Park Middle School make-shift mosque on Friday’s story. Muslim leader Alimamy Bangura, executive director of the Muslim Education Network insists that public schools have an obligation to ensure students can practice their faith. The schools may be secular he says, but the children who go to these schools are not. He continues ” the Valley Park Middle School’s weekly prayer sessions for Islamic students falls within Toronto District School Board guidelines” and refers to these guidelines which specify the need to “take responsible steps to provide accommodation to individual members of a religious group”.
He should know-he has actively pushed for years to ensure that every one of these policies either will be or already has been fully implemented within the public school system. His organization the Muslim Education Network-Training and Outreach MENTORS, devised these ‘responsible steps to provide accommodation’.
Who are they?
Their website home page describes their mandate clearly. “MENTORS is a Muslim organization seeking accommodation for Muslim students within the public school system. MENTORS was founded in 1996 as the Muslim School Advisory and Support Group for the Scarborough Board of Education. It aimed to assist the Scarborough Board by providing policy advice on issues impacting Muslims and to provide support for Muslim parents and students”.
“Since amalgamation in 1999, MENTORS has provided services for the entire Toronto District School Board. We work to make sure Muslims in the public school system have recognition and respect from their peers and teachers, and will be able to practice their faith without any negative consequences”.
While researching, I decided to peruse some of the site’s side-bar options. Under the services section which contains a long list, I found this the most interesting-
SERVICES WE PROVIDE TO EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
-Information and curriculum packages that impart Islamic knowledge, culture and practices,
-Workshop leaders to speak on issues of ethno-cultural equity and informative displays,
-Assistance in organizing visits to Islamic centres and places of worship,
-Resource list of facilities, services and information on Islamic culture and practices,
-Workshops for teachers, librarians, media personnel and other professionals on issues relevant to Islam, the Muslim world and Muslims in Canada.
The Sun article makes reference to other areas highlighted for accommodation of which “modesty requirements” in phys-ed is one. I predict it won’t be long before we see Muslim girls refusing to wear standard gym attire and insisting they be segregated from the boys in gym class. Mr. Bangura’s curriculum is indeed a cultural flower, blooming more vigorously with each passing season.
The events section is quite interesting also. While scouting through another long list, two of the scheduled events stood out. What I found most relevant were both the event titles and that MENTORS outreach participants had associated themselves on each ocassion with dubious organizations and questionable characters.
In July 1998, Jasmine Zine was invited as a guest speaker on behalf of MENTORS to the annual ISNA-Canada conference. Neither ISNA or ISNA-Canada are strangers to controversy. ISNA-Canada was recently embroiled in one such controversy when the Toronto Star published an article describing how the Muslim charity had squandered thousands of dollars earmarked for the poor. It’s sister organization ISNA (U.S) was one of a number of Muslim groups investigated by US law enforcement for possible terrorist connections. In the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case, the United States Department of Justice named ISNA, along with Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the North American Islamic Trust, as an unindicted co-conspirator and one of a number of “entities who are and/or were members of the US Muslim Brotherhood.” The topic title Ms. Zine brought to the conference was ” Re-defining Resistance: Toward an Islamic Sub-culture in Schools”.
The other event ” Understanding the Curriculum” was held in May of 2004 at the Salaheddin Islamic Centre. The centre’s Imam, Aly Hindy, is best remembered for his famous comment ” if the laws of the country conflict with Islamic law, if one goes against the other, then I am going to follow Islamic law, simple as that”. He is one of Canada’s busiest advocates working on behalf of sharia law and has for years officiated most of the polygamous marriage ceremonies in the greater Toronto area openly defying Canadian law. I should also mention that the Salaheddin has seen many notorious figures pass through it’s doors including many of the Toronto 18 terror suspects and Ahmed Khadr, father of Canada’s favourite terrorist son, Omar.
I have to admit, when this mosqueteria story broke, I thought it may be the result of a few fundamentalist Muslim parents pressuring Valley Park Middle School to supply their handful of kids special privileges. Some halal burgers here, some reminders of Ramadan on the school calendar there, and the occasional kid sent to the library to say a few prayers. But this far exceeds any of that. Obviously there are groups of which Mr. Bangura’s is one, who are not simply content with Islamic schools and neighbourhood mosques serving Muslims. They want more, much more. As he has said, the schools may be secular but the kids who go to them are not”. I think what he meant to say is ” the schools may be secular now, but as long as Islam has anything to do with it, they won’t be”.