A Manitoba school board struggling (inexplicably) to accommodate
12 Muslim families who don't want their children to attend music class
"must consider the repercussions of such a move," Farzana Hassan writes in
the Herald. "Regrettably, such accommodations set precedents that are
often used to demand faith accommodations that are even more outrageous.
In this case specifically, the trend is likely to spread in society,
depriving other Muslim children of the benefits of learning music." Quite
so -- although it's also true that Muslims have their own precedents to
point to, notably on sexual education. It's heartening to see moderate
Muslims denouncing this situation -- as Hassan says, being anti-music is
way, way out there in the Islamic world. If only the school board would be
as forceful in defence of its curriculum.