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Hindu group criticizes Toronto school's Muslim prayer sessions
by Adrian Morrow
A Hindu group that regularly criticizes Islam is going after a Toronto school for holding prayer sessions for Muslim students on Friday afternoons, arguing that it violates principles of secularism in the public school system.
For about three years, Valley Park Middle School on Overlea Boulevard in Flemingdon Park has held the services in its cafeteria after non-Muslim students are finished lunch. An imam from a nearby mosque leads the sessions, which last 30 to 40 minutes.
According to meeting minutes on the school's website, the voluntary sessions were started because Muslim students were leaving early on Fridays to attend services.
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