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The NUS Bans Free Speech And Won’t Condemn IS For Fear Of Looking Islamophobic

by | 14th, October 2014

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THE National Union of Students has voted. And it will not condemn ISIS.

The Tab reports:

The bill called for the Union – which claims to represent UK students – to support unity between Muslims, condemn the bloody terror of ISIS (also known as the Islamic State), and support a boycott on people who fund the militants. But the motion offended Black Students Officer Malia Bouattia, who said: “We recognise that condemnation of ISIS appears to have become a justification for war and blatant Islamaphobia. This rhetoric exacerbates the issue at hand and in essence is a further attack on those we aim to defend.”

Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees.

Yet, in some ways, this is encouraging. Campusus are so uniform and intolerant, places where radicalism is stymied by a ‘you can’t say that’ attitude that calling criticism of the Islamic State’s muderous, fascistic loons Islamophobic is a little heartening.

British universities operate a No Platform policy. Oxford Brooks Student Union explains  how this nonsense works:

No Platform Policy

This Union believes:

That racism is still rife in all aspects of society and that it should be confronted wherever it is found ;
That in line with it’s equal opportunities policy, the Union should be at the forefront of campaigns to combat prejudice on the basis of ethnic origin or religious belief;
That it is an anti-fascist and anti-racist organisation;
That a no platform policy is a key element in the fight against racism on campus ;
That the no-platform policy compliments equial opportunities policies and the Public Order Act;
That its premises are a safe space for anyone facing racist or fascist persecution.

You will expose racism by banning debate, driving it underground and making the bigots victims. Go on…

This Union states:

That no platform policies safeguard Union members from being subjected to the bigotry of racists and fascists;
That some members are confused about what a no platform amounts to and that it is the responsibility of the officer team, supported by staff, to educate its active members on the issues surrounding a no platform policy.

This Union resolves:

That no elected officer or the Union will speak on a platform with an individual who is known to hold racist or fascist views ;
To prevent any individual who is known to hold racist or fascist views from entering Union premises;
To prevent any individual who is known to hold racist or fascist views from speaking at a Union event;
Not to allow any individual who is known to hold racist or fascist views to distribute any written or recorded material in the Union which expresses those views;
That resolutions one to four shall be known at the Union’s ‘no platform policy’;
To widely publicise this policy, not only to its members but also to the insitution through appropriate channels;
To incorporate the ‘no platform’ policy into the Union’s disciplinary procedure and use it accordingly.

Students are so afraid of ideas and uncertain of their ability to smash bigotry and racism with debate that they ban free speech. Confront the speakers. Argue. Do it. It says so at the top of your policy.

The following organisations were presented as to be considered fascist and racist organisations:

British National Party a political party formed as a splinter group from the National Front;
Britain First a small group which split from the BNP in 2011;
Combat 18 a neo-Nazi terrorist group associated with Blood & Honour;
English Defence League a populist protest movement which apposes what it considers the spread of Islam;
National Front a white supremacist political party;
Hizb ut-Tahrir a political Islamist organisation believing in the establishment of an Islamic caliphate.

You might not like these bigots, but belonging to any of those groups or even voting for them in a free and fair election is not illegal. Beyond the walls of the student union, these nasties exist. It’s only in the universistes, once the place where radicals and debate thrived, that they

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