Margaret Atwood warned us that North America would turn into a theocracy—and she was right!
Funny, though: She hasn’t said much about that lately, now that The Handmaid’s Tale is being acted out in a public school, here in her very own city of Toronto.
I don’t mean the kids are staging her anti-theocratic novel as a play. In fact, I’m guessing Valley Park Middle School has quietly removed it from the “required reading” list.
And why not? After all, they’ve already turned the cafeteria into a mosque.
Since November 2008—with the, er, blessing of the Toronto District School Board—Muslim prayers have been matter-of-factly conducted within an Ontario public school’s walls every Friday afternoon. Which is against the law.
For more than two years, the father of one of the school’s few non-Muslim students complained about this to the newspapers. Naturally, they ignored him. Then two weeks ago, somebody published his story. Now pretty much everyone in Canada is buzzing about that Toronto public-school “mosqueteria.”
The “somebody” who finally listened is a lowly blogger whose nom de Web is “Blazing Cat Fur” and who happens to be my husband.
On June 30, “Fur” posted an email he’d received from a regular reader, which read in part:
Every Friday my daughter’s school cafeteria changes into a mosque as dozens of Muslim boys and their imams (Islamic preachers) lead Islamic ritual prayers and no one else can even walk through the cafeteria.
My husband duly tracked down some school council meeting minutes dated November 24, 2008, that confirmed everything.
You see, letting Valley Park’s Muslim students leave for Friday afternoon prayers (!?) was proving to be too…disruptive. Jeepers, some of them even played hooky and didn’t go to the mosque like they were supposed to. So since they’d let Muhammad go to the Valley, as it were, those pesky boys and girls couldn’t skip prayers anymore.
Unless those girls have their periods.
As they might say on The Simpsons, the Toronto District School Board turned into the Taliban so slowly, I hardly noticed. Apparently, neither did Theocracy Finder General Margaret Atwood. (I guess she’s been too busy campaigning—unsuccessfully—to keep the country’s first “conservative” TV network off the air.)
Hell, even the Toronto District School Board didn’t notice, or else it would have been forced to charge itself with violating its own policy against “gender-based discrimination.”
My husband’s blog has a funny name, but because he breaks stories such as this one, it’s a daily read for some Canadian politicians and pundits. Suddenly, every major newspaper and call-in talk show in the country jumped on the story and ran with it.
Predictably, a few Canadians chimed in that letting Muslims pray for the death of Christians and Jews on public property was simply a heartwarming example of the country’s multicultural “tolerance” and “diversity.”
However, I doubt anyone anticipated the force of the backlash against the “mosqueteria.” The National Post, for one, felt obligated to delete hundreds of angry “anti” comments. Otherwise, blogs and talk radio provided citizens with their own Speakers’ Corners. And Canadians spoke up.
Terrified by the prospect of being hauled before our Human Rights Tribunals (one of which recently fined a stand-up comedian $15,000 for “discrimination,” i.e., yelling at two drunk lesbian hecklers), Canadians have a well-earned reputation for quietude.
But contrary to what our establishment elites insist, it’s not that we’re more “polite” than our “boorish/fat/stupid/violent” neighbo(u)rs to the south.
No, it’s that, as Mark Steyn put it, even when ordinary brainwashed Canadians across Trudeaupia “feel their multiculti pieties wobbling just a bit, they can no longer quite articulate on what basis they’re supposed to object to it. Indeed…the very words in which they might object to it have been all but criminalized.”
Indeed. Yet the “mosqueteria” has emboldened not a few of my fellow citizens to ask:
Why has Canada spent billions of tax dollars—and lost over 150 servicemen—in Afghanistan, ostensibly to discourage Muslims from treating women as second-class citizens, while doling out more tax dollars to let them do that over here?
“First of all, where do these Muslim kids wash before and after praying in the cafeteria?” one woman wondered. “Are teachers mandated to help shift around tables and chairs to make room on the floor when they resist staying after school hours to assist in extra-curricular sports/drama activities?...Who has paid for the mats and Qura’ns [sic]...?”
Who are the appointed “menstruation inspectors”? The teachers? The imams? The boys who’d formerly played hooky?
Belligerent Muslims come as no surprise. It’s their infidel enablers and defenders that have me confused (again). After all, they’ve spent the last 50 years somberly instructing the rest of us that:
• “Separate but equal” is no kind of “equality” at all.
• Children from different groups should be integrated by force (in, say, the city of Boston) against their parents’ wishes.
• Women who refuse to “sit at the back” of anything (like, for instance, buses owned by private companies in Montgomery, Alabama) are national heroes—and those who enforce longstanding regional or cultural segregationist habits are villains.
I must admit: Watching Canadian progressives twist themselves into advanced hot yoga positions trying to square “tolerance” and “multiculturalism” with “sexism” and “segregation” has been a rare treat.
Witnessing the rest of the country telling them (and their Muslim pets) to shut the hell up has been even better.
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