March 24, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Edmonton Islamic Academy stonewalls on Gay Straight Alliance questions; gets $6 million/year from taxpayers

Josh SkurnikRebel Correspondent

Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) will soon be mandatory in every Alberta school. But will that include Muslim institutions, where (as you'll see) attitudes about homosexuality aren't always tolerant?

I repeatedly tried to find out how the Edmonton Islamic Academy -- which has a history of homophobia -- plans to handle this new requirement this fall.

What do you think:

Should GSAs be mandatory?

Or should religious schools be exempt?

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commented 2015-05-01 20:51:17 -0400
And BTW: that add ‘muslims4marriage’ shouldn’t be on your site: women have NO CHOICE in islam!!!
(especially not in marriage)
commented 2015-05-01 20:49:58 -0400
Do not look any further: the Christian (or in general non-mozlim schools) will be targeted, and the mozlim schools are going to get away with it….

It is ALWAYS the same, no matter what law you are looking at!!! It’s the destruction of our values, our culture and our future because our ‘leaders’ will always give in to this barbaric cult!
commented 2015-04-05 20:23:52 -0400
Great story Josh, this is just one more crazy example of the homo-lefty-anti-Christian perverts that are attempting to push moral traditional valued Christians and our kids into having gay sex with them. This is exactly how homosexuals recruit newbies, it’s what they do. No thanks, I’m a happily married man. But upon reflection this makes a lot of sense, you see I own a bowling complex that has a pizzeria & an arcade here in Calgary and I’ve noticed that the local schools who bring classes of students by for Pizza, Pac-Man and bowl em downs have been getting gayer and gayer looking every year. From the clothes they wear to the music they listen to it all seems very, very gay to me. So I might have to rethink the contracts I have with the local school boards here, if what they are attempting to do with these children has less to do with hot pretzels from the canteen and more to do with teaching kids how to have gay sex with each other in behind my hot nacho/chilli cheese dispenser. God doesn’t lie right!? It’s his holy word that says: Leviticus 20:13: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.” So when I don’t let gay-militants use my party room to give power point presentations on anal-ingus to 4th graders, just remember according to The Lord’s holy word The Bible technically I’m actually taking it really easy on them.
commented 2015-03-26 19:23:47 -0400
Lesbian are homophobe and gay are womanophobe . Once i heard that the government has nothing to do in the bedroom of the Canadians. Schools should be free to promote this or not according to their own convictions.
It is not because you disagree with this life style that you hate those who live like that . Obsession for sex !! i don’t think so cause sex is just a part of life not the whole of it.
commented 2015-03-26 19:12:13 -0400
George Holder.
If you truly believe that, do you feel the same for doctors to with hold services that contradicts their religious beliefs? Both are paid for and by our tax dollars. I feel that if you want to exempt yourself for religious reasons then you don’t except tax dollars from everyone that contradicts you religious view. Wether it’s schools doctors or politicians and any public sector for the at matter. We pay for a service not a religious view.
commented 2015-03-26 04:48:50 -0400
I think it’s sad how religion, particularly Christianity and Islam, have great obsession about sex. So much so that there has to be created a specific law about what two people are doing in their bedroom. If people would stop wasting there time thinking about what men/women next to them are doing in the bedroom and use the mind power to do something constructive, the world would be better place.
commented 2015-03-26 00:41:46 -0400
I think all sex clubs, no matter what their “orientations” are claimed to be, shouldn’t be in schools.
commented 2015-03-25 23:30:06 -0400
I saw the term Homophobia applied to the school. This tells me that I don’t need to listen to the video. People who use this term to refer to those who disagree with homosexuality are not interested in truth but only their own agenda.
commented 2015-03-25 22:15:34 -0400
Of course religious schools should be exempt! The state has no right to determine what is okay for person to believe as long as they do not harm others. And I don’t mean “harm” just by holding certain views. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, or whatever must be allowed to practice and hold to their religious views.
commented 2015-03-25 18:50:07 -0400
Much ado about nothing, Rebel, please don’t turn into TMZ. How about focusing more on the fact that we are paying millions of dollars to immigrants to segregate. Let’s spend more air time on our Governments funding only public schools who teach what the world is about and the beliefs and differences in all religions. And what Canada was built on and why we have the holidays and celebrations we have and what other religious holidays are about. We should be funding education, not Catholic nor Protestant nor Muslim schools. Let religious intolerance be taught privately after school in churches or mosques or homes.
commented 2015-03-25 18:00:20 -0400
The Catholic school system in Ontario has wanted to have “Respecting Differences” clubs instead of the emphasis on Gay or Straight. Gay/Straight Alliance suggests strongly a pushing of the homosexual life style and the name seriously detracts from the idea that all differences between people are of equal importance to deal with. Good luck getting the Gay/Straight alliance idea accepted by the Muslims. I think it is unfair to impose it on any group. We ought to be working on living peacefully and respectfully with people who are different from ourselves and not trying to force everyone think the same way. Living respectfully and peacefully with others should include being able to talk frankly and openly about differences in a respectful manner.
commented 2015-03-25 16:55:51 -0400
Even here there is liberal bias.
The reporter said the school has a history of “homophobia” — that means those of us who have a religious antithesis regarding gay marriage are “homophobic??” No. I am libertarian regarding what two people choose to do in private and am fine with civil unions but I am against the government sanctioning the marriage. Because I disagree I am called names. Sigh ……
commented 2015-03-25 15:40:39 -0400
For the Record: Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s statement on Canadian bedrooms pertained to the new DIVORCE LAWS that were being adopted by Canada in the 60’s, nothing else. Sheila Copps referred to this PET comment regarding Jian Ghomeshi. I emailed her with this reminder of what PET actually said and she replied: “You are right again. I repurposed the quote, but in the context of current allegations, I probably should have refrained from any comment. I don’t know the facts.”

The GSA has agendas that need to be studied further, in other words, read, read and read their website. Once accepted, there is no going back and agendas need to be addressed. The gay politics issue is comparable to Quebec who, as I’ve always consider to be the spoiled child of Canada, who screams and shouts and takes a tantrum when they can’t get their way. Like the Quebec and bilingualism issue, this gay vs straight vs Muslim needs topic will never be satisfied. Boys/men using women’s washrooms is not the answer; install a separate bathroom designated co-ed and anyone can use it. In other words, keep the solutions simple.

It’s unfortunate, though, the children are the ones being used as ping pongs in this social frenzy.

JOHN NEWELL made a couple of comments I’d like to respond to:
Biologically, sex is the act between a male and female to procreate. In other words, to make babies. That is what is meant as natural, not quite what you mean when you say homosexuality is a ‘completely natural state’. If animals were naturally homosexual, there would be no animals. Animals exhibit homosexual behavior, they are not homosexual. I don’t think anyone, gay or straight, cares to be reduced to the level of animals.

Predators, whether they be pedophiles, sexual assailants, misogynists, insidiously seek and create the environment needed to feed their need for sexual power.

Celibacy does not create pedophiles. Let’s look at it this way: pedophiles are neighbours, teachers, sport coaches, boy scout leaders. Pedophiles who become priests do so, to repeat myself, because pedophiles insidiously work their way into any environment which will feed their sexual needs. Priests don’t become pedophiles, pedophiles become priests.

Men who become Catholic Priests are being used as a punching bag for their dedication to a life of celibacy and the media and, unfortunately, ill informed people have created a distorted and perverse psychological profile of men who are and want to become Priests and live a life of celibacy.

Not only Priests live celibate lives. Celibacy is terribly underestimated and only makes a person stronger, whether you are straight, gay, male or female. Instead of being in a world where everyone is expected to hook up or come across on the first or, used to be, third date, or in the men’s washroom, one can actually look at people as people and not potential sex partners. There are many celibate gays and lesbians, as are there celibate gay Priests. It’s a moral, spiritual and philosophical choice, not sexual.

Way tooooo long!
commented 2015-03-25 15:32:36 -0400
How does Edmonton Islamic Academy get $6 million dollars a year from the government when they have such huge resources in their midst from the foreign gas and oil industry? the Al Rashid Mosque is huge and looks like it could afford to pay its own way and the school’s cost as well, yet the government is giving them these huge sums of money despite their standing against ALL THAT IS CANADIAN? This is infuriating and immoral. I recall a Sikh telling me that their school, in Edmonton also, was supported by government funds. I teach in a private Christian school attached to a small church and the school doesn’t even get a red nickel from their church, let alone the government. They can’t even get charitable status. How do these new immigrant schools get such huge perks from our Canadian government when our little school has to struggle on very low tuition alone, just to survive? This is very immoral and unjust. I am getting disgusted with such inequities from a government that is supposed to represent all the people. Why do honest people who sacrifice a lot for others and seek to give their best to give the best education they can get, find themselves treated like outsiders while people who oppress women and despise others get all the goodies?

…There is something really wrong here! The FACT is that VIOLENCE PAYS…if you can get the world scared stiff they will give you the crown jewels and bow and scrape to you and your cockamamie ideas . We will reap what we have sown. Beware, Canada. We have sown the wind and WE WILL REAP THE WHIRLWIND. Our children will be slaves.
commented 2015-03-25 14:56:32 -0400
I personally am against GSA the law is the law lets wait and see on June 1 looking forward to follow up
commented 2015-03-25 14:00:24 -0400
While I am strongly opposed to Islam, the strategic goal of which is the total annihilation of all non-Islamic societies and cultures and the conversion, enslavement, and/or murder of all non-Muslim peoples (Kafirs), I believe that this approach of mandating GSAs causes more harm to our freedom and liberty than it does damage to Islam. This mandated GSA approach seems to stem from a completely misguided understanding of Islam and a foolish attempt to legislate a newer “milder/nicer” form of Islam. But Islam is a 1400 year old supremacist, totalitarian ideology that is overtly and, at the same time, covertly waging war on all Kafirs everywhere on Earth. I support an individual’s right to be gay, lesbian, or transgender, but I am alarmed at the politicization and socialist corruption of the “gay lobby” which, in a cynical attempt to grab undue political power, has made a number of socially corrosive alliances with other special interest “victim” groups. These alliances include Feminists, Islamic Apologists (dhimmis), Islamic Stealth Jihadists, Radical Environmentalists, Pro-abortion Lobbyists, Race Hustlers, and Social Marxists/Collectivists. All of these “victim” groups, however noble or ignoble their original causes may have been, are now working in concert under the powerful influence of the Frankfurt School’s (neo-Marxist) revolutionary strategy of “Critical Theory” to create social upheaval and anarchy as a means to further implement their socialist agendas and establish their (dystopian) Utopias.

Fight Islam, fight the spread of socialism/communism, fight government mandated “tolerance”, and stand for freedom and liberty in Canada.
commented 2015-03-25 13:35:16 -0400
My thoughts about gay straight alliance clubs is. Schools need to focus on the basics. Quit social engineering the kids.
commented 2015-03-25 13:30:06 -0400
@ Joe Pritchard – "… the problem here is that once you receive a public education there is no longer a need to go to church. "

You are correct. You explained in your statement I quoted above the reason why those who sent their children to a religious school do so. They understand that the public school can and does indoctrinate their children with secular teachings, teaching not part of the primary core of subjects, hence the reason why they believe their religion needs to be embedded in the education along beside those primary subjects.

Why would such a thing bother you so long as the reading, writing, math, science, history and social studies taught in religious schools all reach the provincial standards?

@ John Newell
The two premises of your argument are flawed.
commented 2015-03-25 13:26:50 -0400
I agree with the comments that doubt any student would request such a club. There is a clause that says, “where students request,” so that is an out.
commented 2015-03-25 13:26:46 -0400
I don’t really see the need for gsa in the first place as it’s just another gay agenda tool to prioritize gay students over straight students and eventually they’ll be introducing lots of disgusting mandatory gay education/activities (consider what the perverted lesbian Wynne wants our young children to learn about). Aren’t there enough of these groups around already? However, considering that this gsa will only be implemented if students in a particular school want it then the muslim school will never have to worry about this because those muslim students would be too afraid to even mention if they were gay (they’d probably be afraid of getting expelled or harsh punishment from the muslim grand poo bahs or whatever). I think that the only way this gsa should be allowed anywhere would be for the entire school, including parents to take a vote and not just a handful of students. If gay people want to run everything, why don’t they start up their own private schools?
commented 2015-03-25 12:21:30 -0400
I’ve been referred to as homophobic. I’m not afraid which is what a phobia is. I’m homonauseaus. I’m sick of hearing about the whole PC deal and being told that our tax dollars are going to pay for whatever. Guess that makes me islamnauseaus.
Time for some common sense folks.
commented 2015-03-25 12:11:42 -0400
I don’t think that a student in a Muslim school who asked for a GSA would last very long.
commented 2015-03-25 12:02:51 -0400
The bottom line is this: homosexuality exists at all levels in nature. Homosexuality has been found to be a natural response to overcrowding in some populations. To deny homosexuality is to deny the life forces that exist on planet earth. I am not a homosexual myself and my initial reactions to it were similar to those uneducated people who have posted below. But when you do the research from the scientific perspective, you find that it’s pretty difficult to legislate against homosexual moose. And it’s an argument you would not win.

In no other species is homosexuality an issue. Part if not all of that has to do with religion. As far as we know, only humans have religion. Many may see that as human evolution having evolved to a higher state than that of other species. But if you look at the really important differences, it’s easy to see that human intelligence has gone way off the rails. So much so that conferring a higher order status on humanity is laughable.

Only humans have destroyed all of the foods they evolved to eat and replaced it with plant and animal species we did not evolve to eat. Only humans are bent on destroying the world environment with chemicals. To any other species this is unthinkable. Only the human species is so arrogant as to think that destroying all life on earth with nuclear radiation is an option. Only humans victimize, enslave, own and torture their females . Then to enshrine these unnatural acts within a religion is taking inter-gender relations into the realm of monstrous perversion.

The law is written to ensure that homosexuality as a completely natural state is not a reason for further persecution in Canada. Those of you who disagree with this completely natural stance are the people who need to have your heads read.

Look at what has happened the Catholic Church as a result of Priests not being allowed to marry or carry on normal relations with women. It turned religious leaders into predators and that predation has lasted for a thousand years at least.

That sort of unnatural homosexuality is what you are confusing with normal sexuality. The Catholic religion has a lot to answer for. Islam has at least as much coming from the opposite direction.

But if you compare the two, both have used and do use sexuality in different ways to target women and minorities. No other species does this.

What you can take from this is that religion as important as it is to many people, is not a practice that elevates human-kind above the rest of the animal kingdom. The reverse is true. Humanity has taken a step so far back that the species that crawl are far above any achievements humanity thinks of as important.

To say that humanity is lower than a snakes belly on these and other issue is an insult to snakes.
commented 2015-03-25 11:48:05 -0400
If this is true, if I ever have children, I’ll be homeschooling them!
commented 2015-03-25 11:41:31 -0400
Why would Josh use such a silly and unsubstantiated statement as “homophobia”? To be against homosexuality does not imply a fear but rather a disgust with such a perverted lifestyle. Trying to name call or imply a fear does not address the issue in any way.
commented 2015-03-25 11:40:33 -0400
I am not defending the Islamic faith, but if you disagree with this law, why didn’t you pressure the government instead? Putting pressure on the Islamic school is wrong, just because they disagree with the law. It`s the law that is problematic, not the schools. Again, I am not defending the Islamic faith, but I am disappointed that the Catholic school board didn’t do a good job in defending the faith.
commented 2015-03-25 11:22:07 -0400
I sure hope they stand up against this law, and God help us if we have to rely on the Muslims to protect our freedoms
commented 2015-03-25 11:02:50 -0400
I believe the Islamic Academy will fight this tooth and nail, or at the very least, try and sweep it under the rug and do what they will anyways, but ultimately they will be breaking the law, once the time comes, if they don’t comply. It matters not whether we agree or disagree with this issue. That is the cold, hard facts of this scenario. They might not have to deal with it at all, given it’s the students choice to have a GSA presence or not.
commented 2015-03-25 11:02:17 -0400
The problem is religion – education needs to be free of religion. Public education is the answer. Teach religion in your churches – the problem here is that once you receive a public education there is no longer a need to go to church.
commented 2015-03-25 10:55:07 -0400
Sometimes it is said, “The Law is an Ass” and GSA is an ASS (excuse the pun). Government, to quote one of the famous PET lines, “Has no place in the bedrooms of the community”. Government has no right to dictate who can talk to, sit beside, or associate with anyone. GSA relations must be allowed to run their own course. No doubt there will be bullying, shunning and all those other activities associated with GSA but it must be left to choice of the individual. I totally disagree with funding of any special education that has been brought into Canada, i.e. Islamic teaching in Mosques. Only traditional Canadian institutions based on Judeo/Christian values should be afforded taxpayer money. It is utterly ridiculous for young Canadians to be fighting and dying to rid this world of terrorists, and we know who we are talking about, and for the Alberta government to be providing space and encouragement for the development of Mosques and Islamic teaching. I acknowledge there will be some good peaceful Muslims and have no probelm with that. However, Muslims should respect and accept that they should adapt to Canada, not Canada to them. They come here for a better life to escape from traditions and oppression in their homeland. We do not appreciate them coming here to continue the traditions they sought to leave behind.