I was reminded of the goofy “What If?” comic book series from Marvel that never gained traction after reading Bernie Farber’s recent piece of speculative fiction in NOW Magazine, Toronto’s weekly paper for social justice warriors.
Farber, former head of the Canadian Jewish Congress, now runs the Mosaic Institute, a self-billed:
“think tank that creates platforms for learning and dialogue among diverse Canadian communities to advance justice, promote peace, and reduce conflict.”
I told you about a Farber column last November when he wrote that America’s Jewish and Muslim communities are now embracing one another due to the election of Donald Trump and the impending “white-lash” that would erupt any day now.
He outdoes himself in the speculative fiction department with his latest column though.
Farber lambastes parents who picketed in front of John Fraser Secondary School in Mississauga over the issue of the school board’s accommodation of Muslim prayer and religious practices.
He begins by suggesting they’re bigots and then ventures into the realm of the super-hypothetical by asking the reader to imagine in the not-too-distant future, Orthodox Jewish children in a similar situation seeking accommodation in a public school.
The fatal flaw in Farber’s argument is of course that we’ve never heard of any Jewish groups or Jewish individuals fighting for Jewish prayer accommodation in public schools.