A Peel District School Board meeting turned into a shouting match between parents who support and condemn a religious accommodation rule that allows Muslim students to pray on Fridays.
Those in favour sat quietly in the board meeting, listening to what people had to say. Whilst those who opposed the decision voiced their anger and aggression about the religion and allowing it in the public school setting.
One of the critics presented a copy of the Qur’an and proceeded to rip it apart, sparking other outbursts in the audience.
One audience member in favour of the accommodation filmed the whole exchange. Now the video is going viral worldwide through AJ+ and other news outlets.
Watch it below.
A man tore up a Quran and yelled hate speech at a school board meeting. pic.twitter.com/HFSi86Iuxc
— AJ+ (@ajplus) March 25, 2017
People were quick to react to the video, both in support of and against it.
— Peace Unity Hope (@kindamuslim) March 25, 2017
how is that hate?? Faith is banned in public schools but they're allowing Islam?? That's inequality, not acceptance.
— gab.ai-CaptainCanada (@mark_schmalz) March 25, 2017
The accommodation has been available to students for 15 years in Peel Schools, the controversy only arose last January in a school board meeting. The school board continues to reiterate that accommodations are available to all students of any religion who request it. Muslims aren’t being given preferential treatment.
most are NOT against it. And open to ALL faiths. No special treatment. #mythseverywhere
— Peel School Board (@PeelSchools) March 25, 2017
Yet some suggest that public schools should remain unattached to religion, banning any and all religious accommodations.