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Music class in Canada’s schools: I’m hearing an eh. But it sounds like an M.

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ere’s the flat Globe and Mail headline this morning, the first day of classes:Mandatory music classes hit a bad note with some Muslim parents“.

The headline strikes a bad chord. A sour note.

Or to start this another way, Hi liberals! Your multi-culti country is changing its songbook, just like you ordered! Hope you like it! –Just don’t answer “YES!” too melodically so as not to offend anyone.

This demand on Canada and its schools by some Muslims would have Canadians singing a different tune from now on. Actually, no tune at all. For example…

…they cannot allow their children to be in the same room where musical instruments are being played…

One parent named Mohammad Nouman Dasu will send his children home from school (just to reaffirm: a Canadian school in Canada) rather than hear any music or learn about music in school. That’s because he said Muslim faith means hearing and learning about no music ever. Even in Canada.

Mohammad Dasu is a Koran teacher who also sometimes leads prayers at Scarborough’s Jame Abu Bakr Siddique 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.

Get that? It’s not like it’s just “haram” to play music  —  it’s “haram” to even hear it. Yes, he means in Canada! And by the way imam, we here in Canada say “forbidden,” instead of “haram.”  He went on:

…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.

I love the “We do not compromise with anyone…” part. Which leads me to wonder wonder what else he teaches at that mosque, and what that Muslim association is all about. How many are affected by these ever-so moderate teachings?

And now here is the part where we amuse ourselves with the liberals. They will all be rolling their eyes by now, wagging a finger, and advising us all this freaking out over this is just so ludicrous! It’s just about music! It’s but another “isolated incident,” just “one guy,” an “extremist,” a “lone wolf,” and “you can’t lump all Muslims into the same Muslim pot” (or something equally as discordant), and of course that old refrain, “Most Muslims aren’t like this.” Then after about ten seconds, all of them will join together in a loud shrieking chorus of “racist!!!” — and another ten irrational seconds later, one idiot will say “Christians are even worse!” And then they’ll tootle off, back to to the CBC.ca website to click a thumbs-up on every yummy Justin Trudeau story.

Conservatives will see this is another installment of, well, what this guy wrote in the Globe and Mail article’s reader comments:

I suppose ‘reasonable accomodation’ [sic] is a euphemism-abbreviation for ‘gradual accumulation of gains until you finally obtain what would otherwise have been considered outrageous’.

They (conservatives) could point to any number of things as examples of this gradual accumulation of gains from one liberal corner or another: our ever-growing taxation; the ever-growing national debt; the size, influence and power of government over us generally across what is now the entire spectrum of our lives, including even our death and the pre-born too; the number of and scope of government regulations; the change in the very definition of our most fundamental cultural institution: marriage; the new government rule that being male or female is merely a “social construct” and “how you self-identify” or “how you feel about yourself,” and therein, the associated accommodations mandated upon us; and so much more.

And conservatives will also point out that it didn’t start with the school music classes, and it doesn’t end there either, and music is not even the point.

I’ll agree with liberals that this would be ludicrous and not even a thing, if Mohammad Dasu was a lone actor. One extremist. But he’s not (a lone actor). For one thing, Dasu teaches and sometimes leads his mosque’s congregation. And he’s collected 130 signatures on a “Petition for Accommodation of Religious Beliefs of Muslim Students.” He’s apparently working with Kasim Ingar, the imam of Dasu’s mosque, and Ingar also leads the Scarborough Muslim Association. So that’s officially a whack of people, and it’s exactly not a lone actor situation.

The only thing that would make this ludicrous –is that music is a hell of a foe to pick a fight with. It’s a cornerstone of our western civilization, and one of the foundational elements of Canada’s history and its culture. It’s a huge part of our way of life. I don’t care if 1,000 Muslims protested against hearing music — I think music’s place in Canada is pretty solid. Their efforts are hideously — ludicrously — stupid.

Except the foe they chose isn’t music. It’s our way of life. That’s the point. And liberals are tone-deaf when it comes to figuring that out and acting appropriately.

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