Canada: “Quebec Libraries Leery of Islamic Group’s Books Blaming Feminism For Societal Ills”
From the Yahoo News Canada “Daily Brew” Blog:
Several libraries in Quebec say they have received a package of books from an Islamic group in Saudi Arabia, including one that condemns the freedoms of Western women as the cause of infidelity and the neglect of children.
Two librarians tell the Journal de Montreal that they received the books free from a group identified on the mailing label as the Muslim World League/World Wide Association for Introducing Islam, which is based in Mecca, according to a Facebook page for the group.
Paule Riopel at the St. Adolphe D’Howard told the Journal de Montreal that when he saw the packaging and the “propaganda” inside, he wanted to return to sender. It will not be put on library shelves, he says.
An email request for comment from the Muslim World League in Canada, based in Mississauga, received no immediate response.
The president of the Public Library Association says individual libraries will have to decide what to do with the books.
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