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(LifeSiteNews) — Earlier this week I noted that Justin Trudeau is discovering that many Canadian Muslims who traditionally vote for his party are growing increasingly frustrated and angry with the public school system’s insistence on indoctrinating their children into LGBT ideology.

Trudeau’s tactic in responding thus far has been a combination of defending LGBT education in schools and claiming that concerns about the curriculum were primarily “American fearmongering.”  

Several years ago, some Muslim parents participated in the protests against Ontario’s radical sex-ed curriculum, which was spearheaded by then-premier Kathleen Wynne and then left largely the same with a few changes under Progressive Conservative premier Doug Ford. But those multi-ethnic protests did not, at the time, appear to create a lasting coalition fighting for parental rights and against indoctrination in schools. This time, however, the Muslim involvement in the fight for parental rights may be more long-lasting — and may have significant political effects in the long haul. 

On July 20, for example, Trudeau claimed Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre is insufficiently enthusiastic about the LGBT movement, and cited as an example a recent photo in which the Conservative finance critic, Calgary MP Jasraj Singh Hallan, stood with several of his constituents, two of whom were wearing shirts featuring the slogan “Leave our KIDS alone!”

This slogan has been a staple chant at parental rights rallies, and Trudeau pounced, claiming that the finance critic had stood with “an anti-LGBT group that is stirring up fears amongst parents.” What Trudeau did not mention is that the three men were Muslim Canadians — one of them, Mahmoud Mourra, has been a key figure in the parental rights protests in Calgary. 

Muslim Canadians are following this debate very closely at the moment, and many of them will find it interesting that Justin Trudeau has decided to refer to concerned Muslim parents as “an anti-LGBT group.” Incidentally, the parents aren’t the ones stirring up the fears — their objections are to curriculum that is actually being taught to their kids, and to the mandatory gay “pride” celebrations that are now hosted at nearly every public school in the country.  

Muslim parents were also very upset by an Edmonton, Alberta, teacher’s decision to berate Muslim students for declining participation in “pride” events, with a leaked recording going viral and one parent bringing it up with Trudeau directly. There’s now another leaked recording, this time of an elementary school teacher in Windsor, Ontario, chastising Muslim students for skipping “pride” day and calling their absence “disgusting” and an “incredible show of hatred”: 

The teacher told the students — remember, these are elementary school students — that their parents were bigots. “Take that home to your parents, because they are the ones that made you stay home,” she told the children. “It was an incredible show of hatred, and it is sad. It was hatred toward a community of people, and it was incredibly disgusting to have witnessed. I do not want to be a part of this school. I am so disgusted by what happened yesterday.” She then told them that the reason rainbow flags had been pasted all over the school was “because very few people came yesterday and the teachers are angry.”  

The principal has already issued a letter of apology, but this second video is sure to stoke already existing tensions. Trudeau and others likely hoped that the turbulence of the past eight weeks have merely been a flash in the pan response to “Pride Month” that will disappear. I suspect that won’t be the case this time around. More protests are already planned for September, and a number of Muslim Canadian leaders are actually getting organized. We may be seeing the beginning of a realignment in Canadian politics. I certainly hope so.  

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.