How Reasonable is a Reasonable accommodation ?

I’d like to think of myself as a pretty reasonable person. Someone that is open to different ideologies, race,and religions. I have friends and family of all colour and creed. However, there is a limit of how much I can accept when it comes to certain subjects. How reasonable is a reasonable accommodation ?

This term has received lots of attention recently in Canada with the arrival of a new wave of Muslim immigrants and refugees. Many of them escaping war torn countries that practise oppressive sharia law. Many of them that have no rights and risk their life every day caught in between a brutal civil war. In typical Canadian fashion, we open our hearts and our borders and give these people a new lease on life. A country where they can live free to practise any religion without ever risking persecuation for their beliefs.

I guess this is not enough. Common sense would predict a person would adapt to the country that takes them in. A school board in Ontario has received complaints from Muslin parents that their children can’t attend mandatory music classes. According to documents obtained by The Globe and Mail, some parents insist they cannot allow their children to be in the same room where musical instruments are being played. 

“We here believe that music is haram [forbidden]. We can neither listen to it, nor can we play a role in it,” said the mosque’s imam, Kasim Ingar. “We do not compromise with anyone on the clear-cut orders and principles conveyed by the Prophet,” said Mr. Ingar, who also leads the Scarborough Muslim Association.

The Scarborough school and the Toronto District School Board originally had offered an accommodation – suggesting students could just clap their hands in place of playing instruments or listen to acapella versions of O Canada – but not a full exemption from the class. This was refused based on the fact that it goes against the Prophet.

I’m really going to try and restrain myself and not lose my shit. In the name of Jesus Christ,Allah, Jehovah, Buddha, Akal Purakh, and whatever fuckin God you believe in you have to be kidding me. I’m sorry but a religion that states that music is the work of the devil really needs to rethink their religion. Perhaps, buy some tickets to a Metallica concert and ponder the meaning of life and how boring the world would be without Metallica. This is not a religion but a cult that is determined to keep their people in the dark ages. 

If you’re unable to adapt to such a simple thing as a music class then you don’t belong here. They are free to choose many countries where they can follow their warped version of Islam. My parents immigrated here from Italy and never asked for a single thing in their lives. They followed the rules and law, shut their mouths and worked their asses off, and provided for five children. They appreciate every opportunity they were given to raise their children in the Canadian way. No one will ever convince me that any immigrant can come here and dictate how an entire country educate their children or how we live our lives.

Please Canada and the various school boards across the country, grow a set of balls and send a message that this will never be tolerated. If you open that door to reasonable accommodations the devil will find his way in. 


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