Tempers flare over prayer in schools

CBC News

A rally held to recognize the Toronto District School Board for allowing rights and freedoms turned into a shouting match Saturday between religious groups.

About 200 people squared off outside the Toronto District School Board’s head office, concerned about Muslim prayer in the city’s public schools.

Groups including the Jewish Defence League of Canada, the Canadian Hindu Advocacy and the Christian Heritage Group, are upset that a middle school in the city’s north end has provided Muslim students cafeteria space for a weekly prayer service, saying the board showed favouritism to Islam.

Two sides squared off outside Toronto District School Board headquarters Saturday over religious prayer in classrooms.Two sides squared off outside Toronto District School Board headquarters Saturday over religious prayer in classrooms. Kimberley Gale/CBC

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