The Sheraton Centre hotel will NOT host the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA) religious conference that was to feature speakers who have expressed anti-Jewish, anti- Christian, and anti-Gay viewpoints.
The Star via Blazing Cat Fur (H/T Susan K) The conference, which had been scheduled for Oct. 23, was organized by the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA), a British organization seeking to establish a Canadian presence.
IERA is an international dawah organisation committed to educating and informing humanity about the truth and noble message of Islam. Our work is focused around creating a mass movement in dawah, on a scale that would be unprecedented in modern history.
The Star informed a Sheraton convention services manager about the speakers on Wednesday. On Thursday, after the Star published an article on the conference, a hotel spokesperson said it had been “cancelled due to the organization’s failure to satisfy a contractual requirement.”
In a statement, the IERA said it “unequivocally rejects” the Star’s article as “false and misleading.” It also issued an “action alert” urging supporters to “complain about this unfair action.”
ERA UPDATE: After an exhaustive day with rhetoric filled meetings, the iERA Launch Conference on the 23rd October will NOT be taking place at Sheraton Centre Toronto. It will now take place at ISNA Canada.
“The aim of the upcoming conference, far from promoting hatred, will focus on getting Muslims to pro-actively engage with the wider society by sharing the true essence of the Islamic faith in both word and deed,” the IERA said. (The true essence of the Islamic faith IS hatred for all things non-Muslim)
The IERA did not address the specific comments made by the speakers. Regarding gays, the IERA said: “Most, if not all major religions forbid homosexuality and Islam is no different.” Jewish and gay organizations had criticized the IERA for inviting four speakers who had disparaged gays, Jews and Christians.
Howard English, senior vice-president of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said Wednesday that he was “very concerned” about both conference and the IERA’s attempt to establish itself in Canada. He called the speakers’ views “reprehensible.” “The people that are being tolerated, featured and promoted by this organization are expressing views that, if promoted in Canada, can only serve to divide people rather than uniting people,” he said.
BELOW is one of the featured speakers scheduled for this event in a previous hate-filled rant against Jews and Christians: