For the equal representation of all

The motion to create a faith committee is vague, breaks with secular principles and threatens to disenfranchise minorities within faiths The following motion is before the senate this Thursday: Title: To set up a Faith Committee in the Students Union decision-making body, Senate. To work with the faith societies to investigate the appropriate ways in …

For the equal representation of all

Statement on the motion to clarify the safe space policy

After 5 weeks of deliberation, discussion, drafting and redrafting we have submitted a motion to clarify the safe space policy to the senate of the University of Manchester Students’ Union. The Safe Space policy’s aims and intentions are commendable, yet recent experience has highlighted that the wording of the regulation leave room for arbitrary interpretations …

Statement on the motion to clarify the safe space  policy

Statement on the ban of Milo Yiannopoulos and Julie Bindel

Feminist Julie Bindel and journalist Milo Yiannopoulos were due to speak at Manchester University’s Free Speech and Secular Society, in a panel discussion entitled, ‘From Liberation to Censorship: Does feminism have a free speech problem?’. But the debate never happened. First, the University of Manchester Student’s Union (SU) banned Julie Bindel for views she has …

Statement on the ban of Milo Yiannopoulos and Julie Bindel

SU Censorship of our Upcoming Event

The University of Manchester Student’s Union informed us this afternoon that they are banning Julie Bindel from speaking in a panel discussion on feminism and censorship. The reason for banning her is given as “based on Bindel’s views and comments towards trans people, which we believe could incite hatred towards and exclusion of our trans …

SU Censorship of our Upcoming Event

Should voluntary gender segregation be allowed?

  As it is common at the societies weekly meetings, a good natured argument raged recently on whether voluntary gender segregation is good or not. As we could not find any agreement, below the opening statements from the two sides of the argument. Naturally, the Free Speech and Secular Society has no official stance and …

Should voluntary gender segregation be allowed?

Our website was hacked

On the 23rd of June, a message was submitted through our websites contact form with a somewhat ominous tone: Please Stop mocking Muslims otherwise you will feel remorse does not work on remorse The IP address, according to www.iplocation.net, is from somewhere in Saudi Arabia. On the same date, someone tried to get access to …

Our website was hacked

Controversial Cartoons Exhibition

This coming Wednesday, the 29th of April, the Free Speech and Secular Society will be putting on a small cartoon exhibition. Full details can be found here. Contentious cartoons appear to fuel a lot of public discourse. Given this prevalence, we wanted to show some of the cartoons that were controversial in their time or …

Controversial Cartoons Exhibition

Free Speech University Ranking Launched

This Tuesday, the launch event  for the Free Speech University Ranking (FSUR) of spiked magazine took place in London. A panel discussed current challenges to free speech and the cause of sinking appreciation of it. The FSUR is a survey of all British universities, examining the policies and actions of universities and students’ unions regarding …

Free Speech University Ranking Launched