In the same room where musical instruments are being played

Child abuse in Toronto:

When music class begins this week at Toronto’s Donwood Park elementary school, Mohammad Nouman Dasu will send a family member to collect his three young children. They will go home for an hour rather than sing and play instruments – a mandatory part of the Ontario curriculum he believes violates his Muslim faith.

The school tried to accommodate the religious fanatic, but nothing would do – music has to be banned from his children’s lives entirely.

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. Mr. Dasu, a Koran teacher who sometimes leads prayers at Scarborough’s Jame Abu Bakr Siddique mosque, says he has led the fight on behalf of parents. He has consulted with national Islamic bodies, and requested a letter from the leader of his mosque.

“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.

That’s one of religion’s more disgusting tricks – declaring beautiful aspects of life and of human culture Forbidden. This man’s unfortunate children are to be prevented from sharing the joys of music, because it’s Forbidden.

Conceding that Muslims have to adjust when they send their kids to public school, he suggested that some matters, such as teaching music, are beyond debate.

“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.

That’s your biggest mistake right there – refusing to rethink particulars, and just mandating a mindless, slavish, obedient Rule instead. Humans who forbid themselves to rethink particulars are dangerous.

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