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TORONTO (LifeSiteNews) – The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) is encouraging members to take part in a summer book club that will promote critical race theory (CRT) and transgender ideology.
The teachers are invited to study three books during July and August.
The first is Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility:Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.
First on our #OECTA Summer Book Club reading list – “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo!
Join us for thoughtful discussions delving into the nuances of racial inequity and constructive approaches to cross-racial dialogue.
— Catholic Teachers (@OECTAProv) May 20, 2022
The synopsis of the book includes a reference to “white people” as a whole, without making distinctions between the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who could be considered white.
According to the publisher: “… white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence.”
This time last year, Justin Trudeau and his media allies were at the forefront of falsely accusing Catholic institutions of having buried Indigenous children in mass graves at various residential schools across Canada.
There was and is no credible evidence to support these wild accusations, but many Canadians are still unaware of the facts.
SIGN to demand an apology from Justin Trudeau for promoting the "mass grave" smear
The anger generated by the media at home and abroad saw over twenty Canadian churches burned, and extensive damage done to many more, but the record has never been set straight in what amounts to a disinformation campaign.
Terry Glavin at the National Post recently wrote a masterful piece that may go down in history as the definitive “debunking” of the assertions about the mass graves that never were.
Glavin points out that “nothing new was added to the public record” concerning the history of residential schools in Canada.
“The legacy of the schools had already been exhaustively explored in the testimony of hundreds of elders and a series of inquiries, public hearings, criminal cases, settlements and federal investigations going back decades. Most important of these efforts were the widely publicized undertakings of the 2008-2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), and the content of its voluminous findings,” Glavin wrote.
“…[N]ot a single mass grave was discovered in Canada last year,” he added.
“The several sites of unmarked graves that captured international headlines were either already-known cemeteries, or they remain sites of speculation even now, unverified as genuine grave sites.”
“Not a single child” accounted for during the extensively researched commission “was located in any of these places,” Glavin underscored.
“In none of these places were any human remains unearthed.”
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Even Trudeau's kneeling at what was reported upon as a just-discovered residential school burial ground was a lie - it was actually a well-known Catholic cemetery, but the media didn't let these details get in the way of reinforcing their narrative.
Trudeau also called on Pope Francis to come to Canada and apologize for what had happened, as outlets like Reuters, the New York Times and scores more told the world that “nearly 1000 bodies” had been found in two mass graves.
Those online articles were quietly edited from "mass graves" to "unmarked graves", but we still have the Twitter posts from major outlets like Reuters to prove the staggering level of misinformation.
SIGN: Justin Trudeau must tell Canadians the truth - there were no mass graves
According to an extensive investigation by Professor Emeritus Jacques Rouillard from the Université de Montréal: “The ‘discovery’ was first reported last May 27 (2021) by Tk’emlúps te secwépemc First Nation Chief Rosanne Casimir after an anthropologist, Sarah Beaulieu, used ground-penetrating radar in a search for the remains of children alleged by some to be buried there.”
“Her preliminary report is actually based on depressions and abnormalities in the soil of an apple orchard near the school – not on exhumed remains.”
Professor Rouillard opined that the unverifiable narrative of what could have amounted to child-murder has led to the false assertion of genocide, an assertion without any supporting evidence.
“By never pointing out that it is only a matter of speculation or potentiality, and that no remains have yet been found, governments and the media are simply granting credence to what is really a thesis: the thesis of the ‘disappearance’ of children from residential schools,” Rouillard wrote.
“And all of this is based only on soil abnormalities that could easily be caused by root movements, as the anthropologist herself cautioned in the July 15 press conference.”
The vast majority of Canadians have been misled by the media and Mr. Trudeau, believing the most incredible smears imaginable, leading to scores of attacks on churches around the country.
It's time we heard the truth.
Please sign the petition today.
We are also cc'ing Canada's Catholic bishops on this petition - they must also demand the record be corrected, lest Canadians continue believing the mainstream media's disinformation.
For More Information:
How the world's media got it wrong on residential school graves - National Post
Trudeau lied about the bogus mass grave story - LifeSiteNews
Trudeau's narrative was a hoax - LifeSiteNews
**Photo: St. Jean Baptiste Church in Morinville burned to the ground on June 30, 2021**
The book has not been received well across the liberal spectrum; left-leaning The Atlantic published a critical article about the book in 2020 entitled “The Dehumanizing Condescension of White Fragility.”
The ideas in the book were called “pernicious” and “disconnected from reality.” The writer agrees with DiAngelo that “all people have a racist bias,” but his criticism of her work was harsh nonetheless.
DiAngelo has been identified as a pusher of CRT by the Heritage Foundation, which is an ideology that asserts that “American culture is a conspiracy to perpetuate white supremacy by imposing white concepts on people of other races.”
Another CRT proponent is Ibram X. Kendi, the author of the second book promoted by OECTA for study. It is called How to Be an Anti-Racist.
Next on our Summer Book Club list is “How to be an Antiracist.”
Ibram X. Kendi recounts his journey to becoming an antiracist, sharing ineffable & indispensable musings on what it means to fight against racial inequality.
— Catholic Teachers (@OECTAProv) May 24, 2022
Kendi argues in his book that active discrimination is needed to combat discrimination. He writes: “The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”
The third book offered to OECTA teachers for study is Laurie Frankel’s This is How It Always Is. This book explores themes of “gender identity, transgender, and gender non-conforming.”
Next on our reading list:
“This Is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel is a fictional tale following a dysfunctional yet lovable family’s complex journey in caring for their transgender child – a contemporary parable both emotive and pragmatic in scope.https://t.co/BDYTFsfrmq pic.twitter.com/sEn49H39MT
— Catholic Teachers (@OECTAProv) May 22, 2022
The novel is a fictitious story based on the real life experience of the author. According to the New York Times: “Laurie Frankel has a son who, in first grade, decided he was a girl. Her new novel, “This Is How It Always Is,” centers on a young boy who decides he is a girl.”
At one point in the book, the mother says, “Please God let him be looking at porn.”
In the story, the older brother is portrayed as homophobic for not embracing the gender dysphoria of his younger brother.
Pope Francis has affirmed the Church’s teaching against the promotion of LGBT ideologies including transgenderism. In the 2019 document Male and Female He Created Them, Pope Francis’ Congregation for Catholic Education stated: “Catholic educators are called to go beyond all ideological reductionism or homologizing relativism by remaining faithful to their own gospel-based identity.”
LifeSiteNews contacted OECTA to inquire as to whether the organization will now, as part of their response to the CRT readers, advocate for discrimination. We have not yet received a reply.
Anyone concerned with the content being promoted to Catholic teachers can contact OECTA here.
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