Canadian school cancels event with ISIS survivor Nadia Murad, claims description of torture & rape ‘would offend Muslims & foster Islamophobia’
- The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is not allowing its students to attend a book club meeting featuring author Nadia Murad
- Murad’s book details how she escaped the Islamic State, where she was ripped from her home and sold into sexual slavery aged just 14 years old
- The superintendent Helen Fisher said Muslim students would be offended and the book ‘promotes Islamophobia’
- Book club founder and TDSB parent Tanya Lee said the book ‘has nothing to do with ordinary Muslims. (TDSB) should be aware of the difference’
- The Board later issued an apology but still won’t let the students attend the event
A Canadian school has canceled an event with ISIS survivor Nadia Murad, saying her visit would be offensive to Muslims and foster ‘Islamophobia.’
Murad was scheduled to sit down with students from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) – the largest school Board in Canada with nearly 600 schools – to discuss her book The Last Girl: My Story Of Captivity in February 2022.
Murad’s graphic exposé detailed how she escaped the Islamic State, where she was ripped from her home and sold into sexual slavery aged just 14 years old, according to The Telegraph.
She uses the book to talk about how she was raped and tortured before finding her way to a refugee camp in Durhok, in northern Iraq, and then to Germany, where she now lives.
But before the event could happen, the superintendent of the Board, Helen Fisher, said that her students would not participate.
She has since issued an apology but refused to allow her students to attend.
Fisher expressed that she believed the book would ‘promote Islamophobia’ and cited how offensive the book was to her Muslim students as her reason for canceling the event.
The decision enraged TDSB parent Tanya Lee, who wrote an email to the superintendent about the decision.
Lee also founded the book club called A Room Of Your Own Book Club, which allows teen girls aged 13 to 18 from secondary schools around the country to hear from female authors and hosted the event set to feature Murad.
‘This is what the Islamic State means. It is a terrorist organization. It has nothing to do with ordinary Muslims. As reported by The Telegraph, the Toronto school board should be aware of the difference,’ she wrote.
The next day Lee told the news site that Fisher sent her a copy of the school board’s policy on selecting suitable, culturally-relevant reading materials, which a TDSB spokesperson said was ‘a misunderstanding’.
‘The equity department does not review and approve books for book clubs,’ they added.
The Board later issued a statement stating they ‘wanted to provide some clarification.’
‘An opinion that did not reflect the position of the Toronto District School Board was shared with the organizer of the book club before staff having an opportunity to read the books – something that is routinely done before giving them to students,’ it read.
The statement added that ‘staff is currently reading the book and the Board’ sincerely apologizes to Ms. Murad (who) has powerful stories to tell,’ adding that they ‘believe students would learn a great deal (from).’
Murad is a leading advocate for genocide and sexual violence survivors and became a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and UN Goodwill Ambassador.
Lee, who opened the book club up to young girls from the U.K., told The Telegraph: ‘The book club event for A Room Of Your Own Book Club with Nadia Murad will go ahead across Canada in February.
‘The TDSB has not committed to letting their students attend. This is unfortunate for all involved. A great loss to the students, community, and educators at the TDSB.’
However, this isn’t the first time Fisher banned a book from a book club event.
In October, A Room Of Your Own Book Club featured author and lawyer Marie Henein, who defended Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi while faced with sexual assault charges.
Although Ghomeshi was acquitted on all charges in 2016, the TDSB still refused to let its students attend the event.
In response, dozens of users took to Twitter to express their fiery discontent towards TDSB’s decision.
One user referred to when Holocaust survivors spoke to TDSB schools and sarcastically said: ‘I guess all the Holocaust survivors who have spoken at schools were promoting hatred of Germans – any response to your idiotic position on Nadia Murad???’
Meanwhile, another user said the school’s choice to cancel Murad’s event is ‘sad (because) she is being de-platformed.
Yet another response said the decision is the ‘opposite’ of cancel culture, ‘where incompetent professionals face no consequences for bungling their jobs because their errors are seen as being committed in the (nominal) service of social justice.’
Cross-posted from the Daily Mail
Notes from the Editor
This is something we have seen for years; if you point out the bad parts of a culture, faith, or demographic, we are told to be silent; the “Woke” does not want this information out.
While we at 0censor will openly admit there are great and noble followers of Islam, there are also terrible ones that commit mind-numbing crimes against humanity, yet we are told not to be open about this; it may affect the rest of the Muslims.
Here is the problem, it does not; it educates that while there is a good majority, there is a very evil minority that needs to be aware of its existence and actions are shown to the world.
I find it interesting that groups like CAIR that support these radical actors scream that we dare not speak about these actions now, but if you do, they start to cry about the Crusades. I usually tell them that speaking of the crusades, which began in 1096 and ended in 1192 A.D., this is hardly relevant to what is happening today. If we are going to scream about the past, I seem to recall that human sacrifices were going in the Middle East before Mohammad. Should they be held accountable for this now? Of course not; this pointing out something that happened over 800 years ago has nothing to do with today, but it is a deflection.
Today if you look around the world, it is not white supremacist that is committing over 97% of all terrorist attacks; there sure are not any Christians yelling “In Jesus name” as they drive suicide vehicles into crowded markets, nor is any Jew screaming, “For Hashem” as they mow down the innocent, you only hear this from one group, crying out ‘Allah Akbar’ as they commit terror.
I have also heard that the majority of victims are Muslims, to which I reply, “For years you have had Sunni and Shiite slaughter each other because it is Muslim on Muslim violence, it does not make it any less done by Muslims.” It is the same way if you look at murder in the U.S. Everyone loves to say that whites are the violent ones, but look at the statistics, over 50% of all murders are done by 6% of the U.S. population, by black males, does this mean that because it is black on black crime, it is not a crime? We all know the answer to this.
As long as clarification is given, that there is a large population of Muslims, mainly in the Middle East, that support this type of violence, but by no means does this include all, a majority even, it is a small minority, then you should expose the bad actors for what they are.
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