Nadia Murad, who both won the Nobel Peace Prize and miraculously escaped kidnap by ISIS’ sex slavery ring as a teenager just got canceled by Canada’s largest school board which has banned all students from attending her book club event.
Murad was scheduled to participate at a book club event for her most recent book, “The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State” which details her story of enduring Islamic Terrorists’ sex slave network at the age of 14. The event was planned for February 2022 and would have included students from the Toronto School District.
Toronto District School Board Superintendent, Helen Fisher, pronounced that students would not be permitted to attend the event, claiming that Murad’s book both “foster[s] Islamophobia” and is offensive.
Book club organizer, Tanya Lee, responded to Fisher’s comments by emailing her about the difference between ordinary Muslims and terrorist groups like ISIS that have an explicitly terroristic mission. Fisher responded by simply sending a copy of the school board’s policy for “equitable, culturally relevant… reading materials.”
Lee said that the event, ‘A Room Of Your Own Book Club,’ including Nadia Murad will carry on throughout Canada this February. She lamented the fact that students of the Toronto School District will not be allowed to attend or participate. Lee added that the school’s decision is clearly one which puts their administration first, not students. Lee highlighted the fact that Nadia Murad is an accomplished Human Rights Activist and said that there was “much to learn from her about the Triumph of the Human Spirit.”
The censorship decision by the Toronto District School Board caused such a community uproar that they felt the need to release a statement which clarified that Fisher’s opinion is her own and does not represent the entire district.
The statement, which includes an apology to Murad, said that Fisher’s “opinion… [does] not reflect the position of the Toronto District School Board,” though they added that such opinions are “routinely” given before students are given access to books.
The statement added that school staff are currently reading through both books anticipating that they will be useful as titles for “corresponding course(s).”
Author: Phillip Wright