Moral equivalency on campus: We musn’t risk a microagression by offending supporters of radical Islamists who behead and enslave

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Why are student-union officials censoring criticism of Islamic State?
by Brendan O’Neill
November 6, 2015

Just when you thought the self-important, ban-happy uber-bureaucrats who run student unions couldn’t get any worse, they go and No Platform a guy who fought with the Kurds against Isis. Yes, not content with expunging lads’ mags from campus, crying for the censorship of everyone from Germaine Greer to Dapper Laughs, and wailing about Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ like outraged nuns at a school disco, now they have silenced someone who spent five months facing down the head-choppers of the Islamic State. Macer Gifford, a former student at University College London (UCL), was due to give a talk at UCL this week on his experiences with the YPG, the fighting units of Syrian Kurdistan who have valiantly stymied the spread of Isis. But the Kurdish Society who invited him was told by Asad Khan, the activities and events officers of UCL’s students’ union, that the talk couldn’t go ahead, because ‘in every conflict there are two sides, and at UCLU we want to avoid taking sides in conflicts’. READ MORE

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1 Response to Moral equivalency on campus: We musn’t risk a microagression by offending supporters of radical Islamists who behead and enslave

  1. The thinking is that if you don’t offend people, they may be more responsive and not want to do terrible things. However this approach ignores 2 things. 1: Muslims are offended by everything so give up trying. 2: It ignores the global aspirations and aggressive nature of the Islamic doctrine.

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