In Brief

Source: FSSPX News


Canada: Little Mosque on the Prairie

 Next January, the Canadian public television channel CBC will present a series entitled Little Mosque on the Prairie. Its title is reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie which told the story of a family in the West of the United States in the 19th Century. In eight episodes, the new series will tell the story of a Muslim family in the rural province of Saskatchewan facing Canadian society in the wake of September 11, 2001.

 “Little mosque” is the latest film produced by the FUNdamentalist Films company. Zarqa Nawaz, a 34 year old Muslim and director of the company, has said she wants to show fundamentalism from a humorous angle. The mother of four children, she lives with her husband in the province of Saskatchewan, and hopes that her fourth film will turn the stereotype which associates Muslims with terrorism, on its head.

 Jeff Keay spokesman for CBC presented the new series as taking “a warm look, tenderly amusing and full of respect, at a small Canadian town”.


United States: Cardinal Sean O’Malley opens his own ‘blog’


Since September 19, Mgr. Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, made a cardinal by Benedict XVI on March 24 this year, has his own ‘blog’ or dialogue website with the the user name –

 On it, the 62 year old cardinal gives an account of his visit to Rome, during his accession to the cardinalate, illustrated with many photographs…Ordained priest in the Capuchin Order, he is pictured in his habit when he is not dressed as a cardinal.


Argentina: “National Integral Sex Education Programme”

 On October 4, the Senate of the Republic of Argentina passed a bill by 54 votes to one, making sex education from the age of five obligatory in private and public establishments. This vote authorizes the setting up of the National Sex Education Program” by the Education ministry.

 José Maria del Corral spokesman for the Education Department of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, told the American Catholic agency CNS . “We think that it is fundamental that there should be information on everything, but no law may eclipse the responsibility of parents.”

 The Corporation of Catholic Lawyers has stated that this law goes against the “fundamental principle of subsidiarity with regard to education” as this subject falls in the first place to the duty of the parents. The corporation points out that the setting up of such a law cannot fight against “the ever increasing absence of moral and legal standards among the younger generations” and will inevitably aggravate an already alarming situation.


 England: British Airways forbids wearing of Christian cross

 On October 14, the English Daily Mail reported the three week unpaid suspension of an employee at the check-in department of Heathrow Airport (London), who had refused to remove the cross she was wearing round her neck. Nadia Eweida “has been sent home, after having refused to remove the crucifix which contravenes the dress code of the airline company British Airways.”

 Nadia Eweida, aged 55 and working for the company for seven years, said:

“I am not going to hide my faith in Jesus. British Airways allows Muslims to wear the veil and Sikhs to wear the turban and other religious signs.” “Only Christians are prevented from expressing their faith,” she said, saying that she would be suing her employers for “religious discrimination.”

 The airline company stated that employees in uniform must keep jewelry and religious symbols out of sight under their clothes. “This rule applies to all jewelry and religious symbols and is not specific to the Christian cross.” Furthermore, the case being the object of a current enquiry “it would be inappropriate to discuss the details, particularly as “an appeal is planned for next week,” said the company.