An Alberta Judge has upheld a human rights commission's decision that found that Webber Academy “discriminated” against Muslim students by not allowing them to pray on school property.
The 2015 decision fined the school $26,000.
While Webber Academy did not let Muslim students pray, they were not singled out. The school didn't allow those of any religious faith to pray.
Justice Glen Poelman wrote in his decision that, “The tribunal applied well-established principles of law. For many years, public and private schools have been required to adhere to human rights legislation in offering their educational services to the public.”
Imam Syed Soharwardy, who in 2006 launched a human rights complaint against Rebel founder Ezra Levant for reprinting Danish cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad in the Western Standard, spoke in favour of the Muslim students.
“I agree with the decision because those young boys were just practising their rights and their rights should be respected,” he said. “They're not ... causing any disturbances. They are not causing any nuisance. They are just praying.”
He added that he doesn't believe the school “understood” legal rights.
“I do not believe they had any bad intentions to stop these young boys from prayer. I think they just did not understand the legal rights that these boys had. I don't believe it was a racist position.”
You can make of that however you want.