Mayor Linda Jeffrey’s foray into a contentious school board issue on religious accommodation has drawn fire from far right political circles south of the border.
Pamela Geller, a New York-based author and political commentator and head of organizations deemed by some as “far right” and “anti-Islamic” took aim at Jeffrey in a recent online post about comments the mayor made regarding Friday prayer sessions in public schools.
In a written statement last week, Jeffrey weighed in on the controversy that has unfolded at Peel Board, and addressed “the recent misinformation and hateful speech surrounding the accommodation of Muslim prayers.”
“I am troubled by the misinformation, fear mongering, and outright falsehoods being spread by some. Peel is one of the most diverse regions in Canada. We not only cherish diversity, we celebrate it. It is our strength, the very essence of our region’s character,” Jeffrey wrote.
Her comments have drawn wide support, but also harsh words from critics who accuse the mayor of branding those with opposing views as racist.