No peaceful Muslim should feel the need to apologise or be obliged to say ‘not in my name’. They didn’t massacre those people, and they had nothing to do with the man that did. Nor do the majority condone the ideology that channelled his hatred of homosexulals into massacring fifty members of the Orlando LGBT community.
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 …
On Monday evening, Akif Pirinçci, a Turkish born German author and professional Provocateur, took to the stage in front of a Pediga demonstration. Pediga, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident, is a German protest movement somewhere between UKIP and Britain First depending on whom you ask. Pirinçci, known for his vulgar language full of hyperbolic comparisons, did what he did best, reportedly shocking even some of the Pediga demonstrators.
When I first saw the Students’ Union’s Facebook post about feminist activist and journalist Julie Bindel being banned from speaking at an event on censorship, I wasn’t sure if it was a Daily Mash article. Julie Bindel is an iconic feminist who I was looking forward to seeing speak in Manchester.
What is incitement to violence? This might appear to be an easy enough question but a recent new article illustrates some of the intricacies of such a judgement. A German newspaper ran a story on on group “enough is enough” that tries to combat homophobia on Facebook and the difficulties that this entails.
The government is brandishing its illiberal credentials with the announcement of the so called snoopers charter, the Investigatory Powers Bill. This bill would force providers of instant-messaging services to give the government access to communications between people. Thankfully, end-to-end encryption is becoming the standard for instant messaging applications such as WhatsApp. This means not even the company can read the messages. Under the proposed legislation, the government could ban these services that are unable to provide the messages.
On July 6th, a man, with a small child on his shoulders also holding a flag, walked passed Houses of Parliament while draped in the flag of IS. A discussion ensued asking why the man was not arrested for carrying the flag. As John has aptly pointed out, it is an illiberal move to punish someone for an act of free expression that causes no harm. Boris Johnson has made a similar argument.
Views expressed not necessarily those of the Free Speech and Secular Society. The reinstatement of Professor Hunt at UCL, with profuse apologies from the university, would be a momentous turnaround in the culture war on free speech that is being fought in British campuses. Public sentiment is with us; high-profile personalities from the world of …
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 …
A lot of political discourse is centred around the idea of bad or downright evil people. Be it the bourgeoisie or benefit cheats, immigrants or even the heartless Tories and the stupid Socialists. For me this points to a deeper problem in politics.