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Press Release, No to faith based public schools in Canada

by Homa Arjomand

Tuesday 31 July 2007


Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, World News
Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

The coordinator of International Campaign against Sharia Court in
Canada opposes religious schools being incorporated into the public

Homa Arjomand calls a Press Conference at Queen’s Park, Toronto, on
Monday July 30th, 2007 at 11:00 AM.

In a press statement released by Opposition Leader John Tory on July
24,07, it stated, ?Taxpayers should fund Islamic, Hindu, Jewish and
other faith-based schools just like public and Catholic ones?.

?Tory and his party have started a dangerous game, We, all concerned
citizen and progressive forces will defeat John Tory as we did it in
the struggle against faith based arbitration? said Ms. Arjomand.

Homa Arjomand, Coordinator of the International Campaign Against
Sharia Court in Canada along with other activists, is calling a press
conference to demand one secular public school system.

’We declare that the rights of the child should take precedence over
any national, racial, economic, political, ideological, and religious
consideration or interest; Complete separation of religion from
education; the State is obliged to ensure a uniform school system for
all children under the age 18; No one has the right to prevent the
child from all norms and standards of the main stream society and it
is the duty of the State to protect the universal rights of the
children; no one has a right to segregate children and place them
under religious dogmas, traditions and habits; no one has a right to
prevent the child from participating in social and leisure activities
and prohibiting them from participating in dancing, singing, playing
an instrument.’ We therefore call on the Ontario Provincial
Government not to violate the rights of the child. The time has never
been more right than today as we call for one secular school system
for all children and no funding for any faith-based schools.

Dr. Robert Buckman, Mahmoud Ahmadi, Elka Enola, Tarek Fateh, Justin
Trottier, Gail McCabe, and Homa Arjomand are some of the featured

Location: Queen’s Park, Toronto
Date: Monday, July 30th, 2007, 11:00 AM

About the Campaign
Homa Arjomand is the Coordinator of the International Campaign Against
Sharia Court in Canada and chairperson of Cultural Bridges
Association. She started her campaign in Toronto in October 2003 with
a handful of supporters, and today it has grown to a coalition of 87
organizations from 14 countries with over a thousand activists. In
February 2006, the Ontario Government passed legislation which ended
the use of religious laws for family arbitration. Since then, the
Campaign has focused its efforts on stopping political Islam globally.
Homa is now Coordinator of a campaign called ?No to political Islam?
and is a human rights activist she was forced to flee Iran in 1989.

Media Contact: Ms. Homa Arjomand 416-737-9500.

Email: homawpi
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