|G. J. Rancourt|
|Rev. Tony Costa|
|Protesters Against Prayer in School|
The counter protestors though is where the real story is this time I think.
There were a few other men there as well. Two were at the previous protest. One is a teacher in the TDSB and is supporting the TDSB's prayer policy. There were a lot of heated words exchanged between these men and other protesters. A lot of lies being said about the JDL, for example they are a terrorist group. Not to mention that prayer IS allowed in school. Technically they are right in one aspect. There is no prohibition against praying in schools. There is a prohibition of the school organizing and supporting one religion over another. Trouble is that any other religion that wants to set up prayers or other such religious meetings don't get the okay.
|"I hate zionsim"|
Things were going okay, the turn out was good and fairly respectful. There were a few heated discussions with the above three and a few other people. About a little ways in a few of the counter protesters started crossing lines to wave their signs. It was two girls at first that got into the midst of the protest crowd. Some of the JDL got in front of them and tried blocking their signs with flags, which meant the two girls moved further forward and tried to get around the blockers.
Well this kept going on until there were about three or four in there really causing a roucus and a police officer stepped in and told her to get back to her own side.
This seemed to be the breaking point for the counter protesters. They moved in closer waving their signs. moving left, moving right. Trying to get into the crowd of the protesters to show their signs. The Anti-TDSB protesters helped by holding any of their banners in the way, and other people assisted in blocking. I had noticed that the police presence had grown from two originally when I had arrived at around 6:30 to almost eight. I couldn't see things getting that out of hand. You never know though.
Well that's all for now. The protest was interesting and the speakers had a lot to say. Like I said the number of counter protesters were in larger numbers this time. There are further protests planned and it should be interesting to see how many will show up next time. If they are York University students, probably and probably from the MSA, then when the end of the month comes there will probably be more.
We can't just sit back and do nothing though. A secular system is a secular system. No matter who wants it to change.