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Fate of Hamza Chaoui, controversial imam, sealed by new bylaw barring religious teaching
A Montreal borough is bringing in a bylaw that will prevent the opening of a new community centre where controversial Imam Hamza Chaoui wished to preach.
In a special meeting Monday, the council of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve approved wording that says community activities must be related to "sports and culture," and do not include "places of prayer or religious teachings."
"No community centre will be able to hold religious education activities. We are not targeting a religious denomination in particular — a bylaw must be more general than that — so religious education in a community centre will not be possible in the borough," said borough Mayor Réal Ménard.
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