City of Mississauga cancelled event with speaker called antisemitic, homophobic

An event in Mississauga featuring controversial speaker Ustadh Daniel Haqiqatjou was cancelled on Thursday, March 5. - Youtube Screenshot/The Muslim Skeptic
An event in Mississauga featuring controversial speaker

Ustadh Daniel Haqiqatjou was cancelled on Thursday, March 5. 
Youtube Screenshot/The Muslim Skeptic
An event scheduled to take place at a Mississauga community centre March 5 and 6 was cancelled by the City of Mississauga after urging by the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, a human rights advocacy organization.

Ustadh Daniel Haqiqatjou was scheduled to speak at the South Common Community Centre during the two-day event, but FSWC said it brought the appearance and “the speaker's hateful rhetoric” to the attention of Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

“Upon learning of the potential of this speaker at a City facility, City staff were dispatched to South Common Community Centre," Crombie said in an email to The Mississauga News.

“They met with the organizers and confirmed that Daniel Haqiqatjou was speaking. The group was advised that speech promoting discrimination, contempt or hatred, is prohibited and against our City policies. The event was subsequently cancelled,” Crombie said in the email.

Haqiqatjou operates a website called The Muslim Skeptic. His Twitter profile describes him as founder of Alasna Institute, as well as a writer and lecturer on Islam and Modernity.

Another event at York University in which he was scheduled to speak was also cancelled earlier the same week, following a push by the FSWC, which denounced Haqiqatjou for antisemitic and homophobic comments the organization said were made over the past year.

Neither Haqiqatijou or organizers of the Mississauga event responded to requests for comment about the cancelled event.

“We thank the mayor and her team at the City of Mississauga for taking quick action and sending a clear message that hate speech is not welcome in our communities,” the FSWC said.

Source: mississauga